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FAR LEFT Sir Richard Trehane and herdsman Fred Hill in the
1970s. Their sons now fi ll the same roles as their
fathers.
LEFT Born in
1946, Hampreston
Hermione 42 was a
member of the larg-
est family in the herd,
with Hermione 744
born in January 2009.
range of activities away from the but the move so incensed his
farm. Founder James Trehane, landlord who disliked “the unnatural
his son Richard and grandson colouring of these modern cattle on his estate”
(and incumbent) Guy have all that he was forced to move to a farm at Donhead St
played their part in shaping the Mary in Wiltshire. Ever the businessman, James then took on
herd while serving the wider
Hampreston Manor Farm in 1913, as its proximity to the growing market
community in a number of roles.
in Bournemouth represented a good opportunity. Initially the farm was
The herd’s history stretches
tenanted, but James took the opportunity to buy it outright during the
back over 100 years, when Guy’s
depression of the 1920s.
grandfather James farmed in
The move to Hampreston, situated on the magnifi cent banks of the
Hertfordshire. James, a strong
River Stour, was made with fi ve animals registered in Volume 2 of the
Methodist and teetotaller, had
Herd Book with the Hampreston prefi x plus a registered heifer from each
found himself at odds with the
of the Tredegar, Melford and Zuider herds. The current herd is made up
family wine importing business
of 11 families; four from the original fi ve Hampreston heifers, one each
in Exeter and realised a long
from the three bought in heifers and four from graded up families. Of the
held ambition to return the
latter, at least two families originate with a cow that was rejected by the
family to its farming roots from
Herd Book inspector because she had cock horns, but who went on to be
which it had left a hundred years
one of the heaviest milking of the 1903 purchases and who produced 11
earlier in Cornwall. In 1903, he
calves.
was persuaded to change from
Careful selection led James to some of the leading herds of the day to
the prevailing Shorthorns to
buy bulls. Two of the early selections were Inwood Doctor and Routh
the Friesian breed by Walter
Victory 4, a son and grandson of Stanfi eld Dorrit, the breed’s fi rst 2000
Hale, father of Horace who was
gallon 4% fat cow. Other infl uential sires in the early decades came from
President in 1948. James bought
herds such as Holyport, Terling, Edmaston, Lavenham and Hunday plus an
four cows and a bull from John
injection of blood from the 1950 importation through Blockland Artis.
Brown, later of the Hedges herd,
In the 1930s, James became involved with setting up the Milk Marketing
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