Joining the MSP team in September 2018, Tom Robertson has quickly found his stride as Farm Trader amongst our expert team.
Launching our A Dram With… series, each month we’ll chat to a key member of the MSP team, one of our trusted partners or a long-time customer so you can get to know more about us!
As our newest recruit we wanted to catch up with Tom, find out more about his role and what he brings to the MSP team. Let’s see what he had to say…
What attracted you to a role with MSP?
“I was keen to work for a company that people respected and MSP has a very good reputation in all the areas that it trades in. The diversity of knowledge required by a farm trader was also something that interested me. Aside from that, I have always had an interest in malting and brewing and where better to learn than MSP & Simpsons Malt?”
What is your background?
“I’ve grown up with a farming background in Northumberland and previously worked in Derbyshire & Herefordshire in a crop nutrition role.”
What do you hope to bring to the role at MSP?
“I’m sure my fertiliser and farm experience will be helpful with my role as Farm Trader, but I am also happy to get on with whatever needs doing.”
Describe a day in your role at MSP.
“It can change dramatically depending on the time of year, but could be anything from walking crops, sitting down with farmers to discuss animal nutrition, updating field records in the office or discussing different crop varieties to suit a particular farm. The variation is what I find interesting.”
What advice would you give to a farmer looking to start working with MSP?
“It’s impossible to always be right but overall you’ll come out on top and MSP has a very good track record.”
Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
“I really enjoy playing cricket, shooting and most things farm related.”
What is the biggest challenge facing farming today?
“Brexit is inevitably a challenge in farming today, but declining farm profitability for smaller units is another that the industry is facing. Working with MSP can assist you to make the most of your farming business.”
You’re in the pub, and can choose ANY drink and ANY song to play – what would these be?
“Any sort of ale on tap & Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker.”