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top families including: Barbie, Dellia, Mahala, Lustre, Red Rose, Flo, Melody, Gloriette, Sheri, Kitty and Twain. As well as the bought in families home bred families are now up to six generations of VG and EX cows. “When I buy in to a family I’m in it for the long haul, I like to establish the family in our herd before selling to get a return. Some families have been easy to get in to, the Mahala and Gloriettes both got off to a flying start and regularly produce heifer calves. Other families can take more work to get established and I flush three or four a year to get females on the ground.”


Sharing knowledge continues beyond family members at Holmes Mill with Ian taking on students and graduates to help develop their practical skills. “We now have our third graduate, Alice, working on the farm. I know graduates move on once they have gained enough experience, but I am happy to help them learn. Our first graduate was Karen, a German girl who wasn’t from


farming background and had no experience, she now works for a cattle exporter in Germany. Laura was next and she is now assistant manager at a dairy farm on the south coast. “Alice is a vet bio sciences student and although has good knowledge, didn’t have any practical skills and wanted to gain experience before seeking a job in nutrition. I find girls are organised and pay close attention to detail.”


There are also two young men doing apprenticeships through


college and Ian encourages education alongside work. He offers a financial gain when they achieve qualifications adjusting their pay accordingly and commenting that it has to be sustainable for both him and the worker.


“Farmers have to be willing to pay for qualified staff and it is good to encourage young people to work while learning to gain experience on the way and hopefully keep improving the standard and skills of farm workers,” explains Ian.


The 170-head Wormanby herd consists of 55 EX and 80 VG cows.


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