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RIGHT Cows can
be sorted for all
routines with the
separation gate.
FAR RIGHT The new
building adjoins
the calving yard and
main cubicle shed.
methods find cows in addition to and in spite of the other. This supports the of the time, which he feels is
low calving interval, with cows now bred from 50 days post calving. Breeding crucial to managing the cows
is geared towards a sound functional cow with good feet and legs, which can correctly.
yield over 10,000 kg and the aim is to seek cows that will last longer – if the The team that makes Gildersbeck
culling rate can be reduced below 20%, the Simpsons say they will be half way work is also enhanced by
to being happy. Bulls which have recently been successful include Outside, contributions from outside
Tribute and Lyster. professionals who are seen as
The herd started classifying in September 2008 as part of Holstein Complete, contributing expertise in specific
and the highest scored cow is Gildersbeck Progress Bridget 2 EX90-2E, a areas to enhance overall farm
Duncan Progress daughter who calved her sixth in late November and is giving efficiency. Roz Hughes from Kite
over 45 litres per day with four previous 305 day lactations over 11,000 kg. Consultancy offers advice and
She has also bred four heifers, the eldest a VG85 second lactation Lyster, with consultancy on the whole business,
others by Gibson, Carnewell Shuttle and Atlas. Steve Allen of KW sources the
So far, the herd has 50 VG cows and of these 25 are in their second lactation, feed, Sarah Liddle of The Farm
with 11 sired by Outside, and six by Tcet Lyster. There are 110 GP of which 37 Organisation takes responsibility
are heifers, and there are 83 not scored. Service sires at the moment include for breeding the herd, Phil Alcock
Baxter, Empire, Marshall P149, Chicago and Kendall, while freshening heifers of Bishopton Vets oversees herd
at the moment are more Outsides, as well as Talents, Mr Sams and RSVP’s.
health and fertility and James says
Classification was not cost prohibitive as part of Holstein Complete and
he is also lucky to have a good
creates interest from a breeding perspective with additional benefits if stock
accountant and a good bank
are sold in the longer term.
manager. All of these people he
The Simpsons originally farmed over the hill in Nidderdale, before moving to
trusts and respects to help him
Gildersbeck in 1917. Relocation was forced upon James’s great grandfather as
achieve his goals.
the farm in Nidderdale was on land which was flooded to become a reservoir,
The all year round calving herd
and cows were brought onto the farm after they moved to Coverdale. Recent
now sells just short of three
history begins in 1948 when James’ grandfather Richard started milk recording.
million litres annually to Arla on
He bought his first pedigree heifer from a Lancaster Club Sale in about 1950
an Asda contract. With recent
when the herd started registering and from then on purchases and sales
investment in new technology,
from the herd took place at both Lancaster and York, with the Bridget family
there will be a continued drive
introduced in that way. In the 1970’s when John took over the running of the
towards greater efficiency. This
herd, there were 70 cows and the herd has grown organically since then, with
investment offers both the
the exception of 20 head bought from a neighbour a couple of years ago.
opportunity to expand further
James is the first to admit that the farm’s success is dependent on the team
and encourage and attract staff,
that surrounds him. Nigel Sutherland and Paul Pearson, together with father
but also has to be economically
John (who left school
viable. James often feels that
FARMFACTS
at 14 and ran the farm
people get farmers’ time too
on his own from 25,
cheaply, whether that be advisors
Gildersbeck Holsteins
until James took over)
or experts, but he is critical of
q Owned by JH Simpson & Co, run by James Simpson, his wife
are all full time. There
himself and therefore of others
Amanda and parents John and Margaret
is then relief milking
in an attempt to further his
q 300 cows and followers
from Rachel Lawson
business. With the figures he
q Herd average 9847 litres at 3.99% fat and 3.20% protein,
and Liz James. James is
offers, the future and viability of
28 Bactoscan and 167 SCC
supported by his wife
Gildersbeck is clear to see, and he
q New 40/40 rapid exit installed with ADF, separation gates and
Amanda, and their three
appreciates the assistance he has
automatic foot bath
young children Jessica,
had and hopes that technology
q 340 acres, all grass dairy farm based in Coverdale, North Yorkshire
Aiden, and Benjamin,
can help take him and his
q Fed a TMR ration with maize, grass silage, whole crop, pressed
and milks about 30-40%
business forward.
pulp, new Trafford gold, crimped wheat, rape, soya, minerals and
anything else the feed merchant suggests at handy money
q 1 EX, 50 VG, 110 GP
q Service sire include Baxter, Marshall P149, Chicago, Kendall
and Empire
q Milking herd in five groups - Highs, Mediums, Lows, Heifers,
Calving and Mastitis
q Four full time staff
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