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Simon Wells milks 270 Holstein Friesians on the fourth-generation family farm near Bath, Somerset. The farm is a total of 854ha, of which 172ha is grass used by the dairy, with the remainder in arable rotation. He rears his own young stock to provide replacement heifers.
Andrea Debenham milks 400 Friesians on the family farm in Beccles, Suffolk which is owned in partnership by her Mother and Uncle, Margaret Vale and David Burroughs. The farm is approximately 400ha and they also have free range poultry.
Sophie and Stephen Bridges
Sophie and Stephen Bridges have lived on their 350 acre farm in North Yorkshire since 2012. They manage a beef and sheep enterprise consisting of 150 Aberdeen Angus cows and 250 sheep.
Bryan Fell is a beef and sheep farmer and farms 350 acres in a family partnership near Keswick, Cumbria. He has 80 Limousin-cross beef cattle and 650 ewes, which are predominately Beltex cross Texel to produce prime lambs. He also has a flock of Swaledales which are crossed to produce North of England Mules.
David Hanson owns a herd of 52 Pedigree Hereford cows in partnership with his Dad, Dennis, on their farm in Flixton, Yorkshire. The farm is a total of 76 acres of grassland, which they bought in 2001 as a green field site and now houses a farmhouse and farm buildings. They rear their own youngstock to provide replacement heifers for the farm or to sell as replacements and 90% of bulls are sold as stock bulls to the dairy industry. David also keeps bees which produce honey during the summer.
Nigel Curr farms in partnership with his wife, Anne, and eldest son, Mark, in Cumbria. He is a second-generation farmer and bought the farm in 2008 as a sitting tenant. The farm is 410 acres, plus fell rights, and he rents a further 60 acres. He owns a herd of 50 suckler beef cows and contract rears 60 wagyu calves out of dairy cows. He also has a flock of 700 Swaledale and 25 Leicester sheep.
Ken Storr is a second-generation dairy and poultry farmer from Cumbria. He owns 116 acres and rents approximately another 20 acres, which is predominately all down to grass. He milks about 80 Friesians and rears his own replacements. He also has a 50,000 chicken broiler unit.
James Adams, BVSc FHEA MRCVS Farm Animal Lead at Langford Vets, University of Bristol
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