CARGILL UK has extended its poultry team with the addition of three technical and formulation poultry specialists.

Luke Barnard has joined the team as UK technical application specialist, supporting the sales team by offering individual and tailored support to customers.

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Since graduating in biological sciences, Luke has gained 12 years of experience in technical and product development roles in global animal nutrition companies, focusing on monogastrics.

Most recently, he had a European role promoting new product development and technical services in gastrointestinal poultry health.

Luke is a member of the Poultry Science Association, and he has had several peer-reviewed papers published.


Patrick Beyeler is a master’s graduate in animal nutrition. He spent a few years as a technical adviser on farms before joining Cargill South Africa in 2016, where he took the technical lead role responsible for larger poultry accounts.

He has worked closely on promoting and supporting Cargill through feed additives, formulations and technologies in the Sub-Saharan African region.

Here in the UK, Patrick is the customer formulation nutritionist working with poultry clients and senior nutritionists on improved formulations and the nutrient profile of diets using the latest technologies available.

Cargill’s new technical sales specialist Chris Burton has more than 20 years’ experience in the UK poultry industry, starting his career on broiler units before taking on management responsibilities.

Technical sales

He then moved into the feed industry and managed a Moy Park feed mill with responsibility for the staff and ensuring consistent quality of the finished product.

Most recently, after gaining a master’s degree in poultry science from SRUC, he has managed sales of feed safety and health products for poultry in the UK and Ireland.

Cargill UK commercial manager for poultry, David McBride, said: “I am delighted to have an experienced team of inspired and knowledgeable specialists available to UK poultry producers.

“We have the expertise to bring the company’s global research and developments to poultry producers here in the UK and the industry knowledge to support them on their own units and with their own individual targets and goals.”