Branch contact details

Closworth Branch

Hamish’s Farm Shop & Cafe, Closworth
Yeovil BA22 9RF

01258 472314

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday: Closed

Key contacts

Meet the Team

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Josephine Child
Vet, Director
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Yoav Alony-Gilboa
Vet & Director
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Helen Rogers
Vet, Director
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John Walsh
Vet, Director
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Eleanor Livingstone
Senior Veterinary Lead
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Bogdan Butnaru
Vet
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Jade Mowlem
Vet
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Lewis Dawes
Foot Trimmer / Freeze Branding
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Daisy Kerley
Practice Manager
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Caz Robins
Closworth Branch Manager
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Emma Hallett
Farm Operations Manager

Josephine Child

Vet, Director

Director – BVetMed MRCVS

Josephine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. She worked in neighbouring Wiltshire for 5 years before joining the Friars Moor team in 2016. Jo grew up in rural Sussex, where she gained her first exposure to beef and sheep work, helping out with lambing and developing a keen interest in herd and flock health. Since then, she has progressed to include all things dairy, cattle fertility, sheep lameness and parasitology. Jo recently completed a further study certificate in sheep health and production medicine and runs our flock health discussion group.

Outside of work she enjoys various sporting activities including swimming, running, cycling and working her exuberant springer spaniel.

Yoav Alony-Gilboa

Vet & Director

Director, Specialist (Isr) Small Ruminant Health & Production

After graduating in 1996 from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Yoav spent 7 years working in a 38 vets farm practice in Israel. In 2003 he got fed up with the sun and decided to move to the UK with his young family where for 5 years he worked as a Senior Farm Clinician at the Royal Veterinary College, London.

In 2008 he joined Friars Moor farm vets team, where he enjoys all aspects of progressive farm work but admits having a strange fascination with milking sheep and goats. He holds a RCVS certificate in Sheep Health and Production and is a recognised Israeli Specialist in Small Ruminant Health & Production.

During his spare time, he practices Tai Chi and loves spending time with his wife and two children, their two cats ‘Layla’ and ‘Messy’ and their accident prone Springer Spaniel, ‘Chilli’.

Helen Rogers

Vet, Director

Director – VetMB MA MRCVS DBR

Helen graduated from Cambridge in 2006, working first in Oxfordshire, before she relocated with her husband and their dairy herd to Dorset in 2011.

Helen has two young children who keep her busy when not at work. Helen loves spending time on the farm with her family and when time allows enjoys escaping for a run or reading a good novel.

Helen completed her Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2014, and this remains an area of veterinary input which fascinates her. She is passionate about building relationships with teams on farm, understanding the drivers and goals behind each business and the decisions made on farm and maximising success and output by working together.

John Walsh

Vet, Director

Director – BVSc MRCVS DBR

John joined the Friars Moor team in 2018 having worked in Castle Cary for the past 8 years. John has a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University, and his main interests lie in dairy fertility,lameness and young stock health.

John works at the vets 3 days per week with the remainder of time being spent helping to run the family dairy farm near Sherborne. Over the past few years, he has developed an interest in Regenerative Agriculture and started a Regenerative Farming Discussion Group at the practice.

Eleanor Livingstone

Senior Veterinary Lead

BVSc MRCVS

Eleanor graduated from Bristol university in 2015 and has very much enjoyed returning to her home county of Dorset. Eleanor enjoys the variety of farm practice but is particularly interested in dairy work with a specific interest in fertility, mastitis and medicine usage. Eleanor undertakes most of the dynamic parlour testing that the practice offers, alongside mastitis and cell count investigations. Eleanor is undertaking the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at the University of Liverpool and hopes to complete this in autumn 2022.

Eleanor has a black Labrador, Wurzel, who can often be seen accompanying her during the day. Outside of work Eleanor loves exploring the coast for a walk and a swim with her husband.

Bogdan Butnaru

Vet

MRCVS

Bogdan graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Iasi Romania in 2006. After working in a Large Animal practice in Romania he came to the UK and joined Friars

Moor Vets in 2015 as a TB Tester and clinical vet. As of Autumn of 2020, he is working as a full-time vet.

Jade Mowlem

Vet

Lewis Dawes

Foot Trimmer / Freeze Branding

Lewis has been working in the dairy industry since he left school and then started foot trimming at 24, before taking on my role with Friars Moor.

Outside of work Lewis will either be walking the dogs or tinkering with cars.

Daisy Kerley

Practice Manager

Daisy joined Friars Moor team in October 2018, initially on the small animal reception and moved to the farm office a year later.

Daisy spends most of her time out on the farm with her husband and two terriers, Mabel and Yogi. Her spare time is generally spent with her horse, George and his Shetland friend, Missy.

Caz Robins

Closworth Branch Manager

Caz joined the Friars moor team in January 2024 to work at our new branch in Closworth.

 

Caz has her own flock of sheep and three collie dogs with her husband.  When she’s not walking the dogs, she enjoys wildlife photography, is a member of Rock Choir and is partial to a game of skittles.

Emma Hallett

Farm Operations Manager

Emma grew up on a local Dorset dairy farm and has worked at Friars Moor since the year 2000! Over the years she has worked on the small animal side as a Veterinary Nurse then, following the birth of her boys, she joined the farm admin team.

In her spare time Emma enjoys baking and cake decorating, socialising and watching her 3 boys play rugby.