Farm Stories

Pure Ayrshire Dairy Cows and Pedigree British Blues have been the Perfect Match

Three generations of the Armstrong family have strived to maintain a herd of pure Ayrshire cows at Plaskettlands Farm, near Mawbray, Maryport. It was in the 1980s when Blue semen was used on some of the cows that set the seed for the establishment of the Goodyhills herd of British Blues. [more]

British Blues – The No 1 Choice For 800 Suckler Cow Unit At Dunscroft

The Innes family have farmed at Dunscroft, Huntly, in Aberdeenshire, for three generations and now James Innes is carrying on the family business together with his father, also James and his brother George, who is currently on a busman’s holiday in North America, working with cattle there. [more]

Good Quality Bulls Equals Good Quality Calves

"The day you stop learning is the day you die!"  This is the philosophy employed by Keith Barrow of R & F Barrow & Son, Halsey Cross Farm, Over Stowey just outside Bridgwater in Somerset. [more]

The Importance of Questioning Yourself and Others

From a standing start in 1987 with 12 Hereford cross dairy cows, Mike Powley and father Tom have built their 100 head suckler herd on the principals of having a system which is easy to work with and produces the quality and type of finishing animal which suits the current market. [more]

Blues – The Choice for a 2,400 Dairy Cow Unit!  

Sometimes the simplest methods are those which work best.  That’s the thinking behind the vast Barber Family dairy and cheese enterprise, which surrounds Maryland Farm, Ditcheat in the beautiful countryside of Somerset. [more]

From Hilltops to Greater Heights - The British Blue Suits the Farm Best

Driving towards Keasden Head Farm near the village of Clapham on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, the beautiful scenery and extensive moors lend themselves to the native Swaledale sheep which inhabit the area but it is also home, more surprisingly, to one of the top herds of British Blue cows in the UK. [more]

A Stress Free Life Produces Quality

The first thing you notice when walking round the cattle yard at Manor Farm, East Torrington, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, is how quiet it is, considering the sheds on either side of us currently hold around 800 finishing cattle. [more]