DryMatter Ltd is the joining of two family businesses that were both traditionally involved in grass drying.
The Caldwell family have been involved in drying since the 1930’s when Charles Caldwell started drying grass with a small tray drier. The idea was to provide feed for the family’s dairy herd, but the drying soon took off and became the main focus of the business, grass pellets and grass meal were sold to local farmers and merchants. Charles’s four sons took over and eventually developed the business into the largest family run drying business in the UK.
The Percival family had been drying grass since the early seventies when Alan and his father John installed a drying plant on their farm in Mere near Knutsford.
Between the two company’s they have dried everything from wood and sawdust to ginger and sprout stalks,In 2002 Paul and Alan decided to combine their vast experience of drying and form a partnership and start a new venture drying paper sludge for livestock bedding at Mere.
During this time the next generation from each family, Philip Caldwell and Helen Percival have joined the company and are slowly taking over running of the business.
Whilst a younger generation is taking over the job it does not mean that the older heads are being put out to pasture. Their knowledge and experience is invaluable.
Our experienced and dedicated workforce. Chris, Paddy and Mark run the production side. Mark has worked with Alan for 35 years and Paddy has worked with Paul for 40 years. Chris is the newest member of the production team but has a lot of experience of dairy farming and has taken to it all like a duck to water.
The newest member of staff is Sam in our sales office, although he has only been with us a short time, he has settled in so well it feels like we have been working with him for years.