Two new members of staff have joined our team, as the business continues to grow. The latest recruits bring with them an expanse of expertise and have thrown themselves into the fast pace life that Poultry Sense offers.

Barry Thorp

Barry Thorp is a specialist poultry vet and brings a diverse set of experience, skills and knowledge to the Poultry Sense team, which he developed during his time working in academia at Edinburgh and Melbourne universities. Further to this he was veterinary director of a large multinational poultry company for a multinational primary breeder and latterly established a highly successful division of the St David’s poultry team in Scotland.

“I’ve spent several years working in poultry research, as I’m passionate about identifying ways to maximise bird potential, and therefore I’m looking forward to getting immersed in this new, innovative technology, that can help take the sector to the next level.   

“I’m looking forward to rolling this solution out on-farm, and feel my experience and industry knowledge will allow me to provide poultry producers with the necessary support and advice when it comes to interpreting the data this technology provides.”

Get to know more about Barry:

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

“I live on a small farm and so spend much of my spare time keeping everything ship-shape. Recently, I have being harrowing some fields and topping others. I also enjoy cycling, walking my dog, gardening and going out in my sailing boat.”

What is your most memorable experience working in vet practice?

“My most memorable experiences to date are the lovely people and superb hospitality I received when in Syria. I was there visiting poultry farms and I also helped set up a local breeding farm producing parent stock. It’s even more poignant and memorable now, when I see the country’s devastation on the news.”

Mick Keyes

Mick Keyes is an independent adviser specialising in the development and implementation of sensor and analytics-based technologies for the food, agriculture and life science industries. He has more than 20 years industry experience working on several pharma and food traceability government led initiatives globally.

“I will be working behind the scenes at Poultry Sense on the development of this real-time wireless sensor technology, ensuring it works effectively and efficiently so bird performance can be maximised and supply chain traceability and transparency can be optimised.

“I’m excited to be working alongside specialist poultry vets sharing our knowledge and experience, allowing us to offer a new innovative solution to the market changing the poultry supply chain for the better.”

Find out more about Mick:

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’m an avid music listener – the louder the better. Having four teenage kids means the house can seem like a nightclub at times. I also love hiking in the mountains and have been exploring the alps for years. The area never ceases to amaze me.

What is your most memorable experience in your career to date?

There have been many – one that springs to mind was developing and implementing a new supply-chain in rural Africa to address (safe) vaccine access was very fulfilling, with very tangible results seen.

A great thing about this industry is you’re dealing with the interaction of nature and technology, so there’s never a dull moment. Always a highlight for me though, is when a wise and experienced farm operator, with little or no technology experience, can provide you with eureka type insights, that our best and greatest analytics technologies can miss. Everybody learns from everyone.