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In 2007 the parlour was upgraded to an 18:36 Dairy Master.


Mike and Denise purchased Bolton Manor from Tom Jackson in 1981 when he emigrated to Ontario, Canada. Land at the previous farm, Midtown, was spread out and in a village, the move to Bolton Manor allowed the opportunity to move away from the village and also to have land in a ring fence. At the time the Stable family had 60 cows and 600 pigs, the pigs were sold along with Midtown and cow numbers increased to 140 through the purchase of 80 cows.


Numbers had risen to 180 by 2007 and in 2012 the herd comprised 215 cows when nearby Edgehill Farm came up for rent. Tom says: “Edgehill is a fantastic farm and the timing was great, we were extremely lucky to get a 15 year tenancy. The Young stock and dry cows are housed and grazed there, with calves leaving Bolton. Manor once weaned, the best 50% return for a short period to be served. Edgehill has doubled our acreage to 510 acres in total now with 175 acres of cereal grown, 55 acres for whole-crop and the rest combined.”


Boltonmanor Saloon Ann was the calf Anna showed to win the showmanship at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show 2014, Ann also stood third in the December – January class and was nominated All Britain 2014.


The herd runs at about 230 of the 260 milking with an average of 8854kg milk sold per cow and 190 dairy young stock. Numbers were boosted by the purchase of 50 animals in 2013 so when the tenancy at Edge Hill started we had the increased output very quickly. These purchases were made from the Aurora,


HERD FACTS 33 EX, 108 VG and 80 GP


Milk sold average 8854kg 3.95%bf 3.21%p


Boltonmanor Lavanguard Sadie 5 stood third August – September born calf at the All Breeds All Britain and was also awarded honourable mention All Britain.


Calving interval 405 days Conception rate 37% 150 SCC


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