Meet the Farm Animal Team

Graham Byers is one of the senior farm vets at the Mount. He has worked with farmers in the South West for well over 25 years, and has a huge wealth of knowledge in this sector. He has a keen interest in large herd health management, and routinely deals with many large herds in Somerset and Devon.


Alastair Caygill started his career at the Mount back in the 1990s, and has been a large animal partner for several years. His key interest is in herd disease control and Alastair regularly lectures to farmers on key issues such as BVD and Johnes. He claims that the complexities of disease management pale into insignificance however, when compared with trying to control his herd of three young children!


Piers Pepperell has been with the Mount for over a decade and became a partner in 2008. His whole herd “from field to yield “ approach has led to many major successes on a range of farms, big and small, organic and conventional. He is a qualified cow signals trainer and regularly teaches at Agricultural colleges. He also bakes a very good cake!


David Balch came to England on a 2 year sabbatical, from Australia, back in 2001. After 5 years in Ledbury, he married the receptionist and moved down to the Mount to specialise in cattle medicine and surgery. 10 years on, his sabbatical shows no signs of ending and he now claims to always support England, unless they’re playing against Australia!


Rob ManghamRobert Mangham a Bristol University graduate, qualified in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Science and Pharmacology.  He has a particular interest in ruminant surgery, dairy management and young stock production.  He is currently studying for a designated certificate in Cattle health and production.


Chicken vet in DevonStuart Young merged his company with Mount vets in 2011 after we had worked closely together for some time. As well as being a  qualified vet, he also has a degree in farm animal nutrition which means he is in charge of the nutrition for several large dairy farms as well as managing their herds health. He is heavily involved in education, regularly running courses for beef, dairy and chicken farmers and lecturing at the Royal college of veterinary surgeons in London.


Alastair Winearls joins us after three years cutting his teeth as a mixed vet in rural Somerset. He has always wanted to specialise in cattle work and has also developed a keen interest in sheep flock management. He regularly teaches courses on better shepherding and basic sheep husbandry. When not vetting he is a keen sea kayaker and fisherman, which is probably the only thing he could do to make himself smell worse than after a hard days work !


Charlie Aldington  graduated from Bristol in 2015 after spending time as a student at Mount Vets. We persuaded him to stay and he is now enjoying life working as a mixed vet here in the West Country with the rest of the farm team. He has a particular interest in cream teas!


cropped-ollieOllie Judkins – Ollie recently qualified from Bristol University, where he completed the Farm Elective. He has a particular interest in ruminant medicine and surgery. In his spare time, Ollie is a keen rugby player and supporter of Bath Rugby Club.