Wessex Grain has grown from a small farmers Co-operative established in 1980. As the business grew it expanded into three companies that operated parallel to each other (Wessex Grain Store Ltd, Wessex Grain Marketing Ltd and Henstridge Grain Services). Henstridge Grain services changed its name to Wessex Grain Ltd in 1995 and in 2003 merged with the two other companies to form one entity managing all facets of the business. Wessex Grain Ltd is now one of the top ten grain traders in the UK. It is renowned for providing growers and grain users with a service that is reliable, friendly and efficient. The company is now the only major grain trading business based solely within the region.
Wessex Grain’s state-of-the-art facilities, and the ability to blend grain on-site, equip it with all the necessary tools to maximize the value of members’ grain. The store has recently has a £2.5 million expansion and upgrade, partially funded by an RDPE grant which has increased capacity to 70,000 tonnes, including a single 17,000 tonne flat store. The store is registered with LIFFE as a Grain Futures Store, and offers farmers storage space which costs significantly less per tonne than the cost of on-farm drying, cleaning and storing.
Farmers who store their grain at Wessex can be free of worries such as insect infestation, rejected loads or grain collections at inconvenient times. It is all of these measures which improve the marketability of our members’ grain, and thus maximise its value.
The company trades around 450,000 tonnes per annum of combinable crops through a variety of pooled and ex-farm contracts.
The ex-farm trading covers an area from Cornwall to Sussex, northwards up to Buckinghamshire and then back across to South Wales.
Throughout the country, Wessex Grain works closely with the major flour and oat millers, maltsters and oil crushers. It also supplies all the animal feed compounders within the South West region.
The company also has strong connections and knowledge of the export markets and so is able to move specialist commodities, especially Malting Barley and any local surpluses, through the ports of Poole, Southampton, Avonmouth, Sharpness, Plymouth and Teignmouth.