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ABOVE LEFT The Kingstreet hub. A picture taken on farm of three young bulls at Kingstreet Sires. This building has now been renovated to make offices for the Kingstreet Sires and Celltech businesses.


ABOVE RIGHT Mark Nutsford registered the Riverdane prefix with wife Sue in 1999.


RIGHT Lavenham Adeen EX92(2E) (Durham x MS Kingstead Chief Adeen EX94) was All Britain Third Calver 2013, UK Dairy Expo Supreme Champion 2013 and Grand Champion Great Yorkshire Show 2013.


Platt’s Lachstone herd in Cheshire. Hearing the intensity of their conversations about pedigrees and imported cows got Mark intrigued and eager to learn more. Pursuing this attraction, after college Mark joined the top pedigree Northsea herd where he worked along side leading cow men, Jim McWhir and Harold


HERD STATS Herd size: 105 Milk yield: 11,053kgs, 4.06%F, 3.09%P Cell count: 68 Current AI sires: Contrast, Doorman, Sid, Sonic, Golddust, EDG Deman, Brady, Gold Chip


Number of times flush a month: 2/3


Nicholson. It didn’t take Mark long to realise that he wanted to start farming on his own, but at that time he had no money, no


farm and no prospect of making his dream come true… until he saw a job advertised in Saudi Arabia for general farm workers. He applied and in no time was the head herdsman of a 1,000 cow dairy unit. There is no better way to summarise the events that follow than being in the right place at the right time. Whilst working in Saudi the farm started embryo transfer (ET) and, wanting to utilise the staff to hand, trained Mark and appointed him as the ET technician.


Returning back to the UK he worked for Premier Breeders and later the Milk Marketing Board (MMB) before setting up his own ET business – Celltech – with business partner David Oulton which is now run from the farm. Marrying Sue in 1995, the couple had got to the point where they owned cows all over the world and wanted a place to keep a few calves, so when Ravenscroft Hall Farm came up for sale they jumped at the chance, taking a £500,000 loan to help cover the costs.


Starting with 40 recipients, they planted embryos and worked all hours of the day to balance their new Celltech business and the farm. Within five years Riverdane was the second highest yielding herd in Cheshire, picking


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Whether I am breeding, showing or judging I always have the true Type model at the back of my mind





Photo by Han Hopman


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