The Team - Yorkshire / East

The Yorkshire OPU team is part of Raft Solutions Ltd, Ripon.
Wetherby OPU Centre
RAFT’s new centre in Wetherby, North Yorkshire has been developed to enhance their cattle breeding service and is available for farmers to either: 
  • Book in cows and we’ll look after them on site.  We can take them through the embryo transfer process for you, giving them back to you when pregnant.
  • Bring cows to us for ovum pick up (OPU) or embryo collection.  Cows can be booked in for the day, or come for a longer stay.
Contact details
Please call Harriet Scott on 01765 645893 or Neil Eastham on 07736 476211

Neil Eastham

Neil joined Bishopton veterinary in July 2007 after graduating from Liverpool university. An upbringing on a dairy and sheep farm in Lancashire played a large role in him deciding to specialise in farm animal work. Neil still enjoys helping out at home when possible, especially showing, developing and marketing his own "Tristar" herd.  Neil is currently vice chairman of the North East Holstein breeders club.Neil is actively involved in the delivery of Bishopton's dairy, beef and sheep health schemes.  Neil's main interest is fertility and he is actively involved in the delivery of specialist advanced breeding techniques (ET and OPU/IVF).  Neil is currently studying for his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool university.  Aside of his interest in fertility, Neil's other area of interest is lameness and he is recognised Dairy Co mobility mentor.

Jonathan Statham

Jonathan graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He is a cattle vet & partner in Bishopton Veterinary Group, a 25 vet practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire (a member of XL Vets) and is director and chair of RAFT Solutions Ltd. He is Past President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society (YVS). He has served on various representative & industry groups including the GB ‘Cattle Health & Welfare Group’ (CHAWG), Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) of the BVA and is a past director of Cattle Certification Standards (CHeCS). He is external examiner at Liverpool University and also a member of the Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group, the ‘Farmskills’ steering group and the International Embryo Transfer Society. He serves on the Veterinary Residues Committee of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). Main veterinary interests include reproductive technologies, nutrition, mastitis control and progressive herd health & production management. He holds the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health & Production and is a RCVS recognised specialist in Cattle Health & Production.

Mark Spilman

Mark qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2006 and joined Bishopton Vets straight from university having seen practice there. Marks main interests lie in herd health and cattle reproduction. He is part of the Bishopton advanced breeding team performing embryo work, bull breeding assessments and semen collections and is involved in the development of the residential breeding unit. Outside of work, Mark plays for Helperby in the Nidderdale cricket league enjoying some friendly rivalry with farm clients, plays rugby for Ripon in the winter and fits in an odd days shooting when possible.

Sian Statham

Sian graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 1996 and is actively involved in delivery of our embryology and advanced cattle breeding services.