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From 40 to 1000 cows How and Why ?. Cairnhead 1986. 150 Ac/60 ha Grass and cereals 40 cows, random calving! 200,000 L Quota Dairy young stock Family labour. Cairnhead 2014. 500 Ac/200 ha All grass 350 cows, spring calving 2,100,000 L production 160 dairy young stock Labour 1+3.

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From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

From 40 to 1000 cows How and Why?


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Cairnhead 1986

150 Ac/60 ha

Grass and cereals

40 cows, random calving!

200,000 L Quota

Dairy young stock

Family labour


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Cairnhead 2014

500 Ac/200 ha

All grass

350 cows, spring calving

2,100,000 L production

160 dairy young stock

Labour 1+3


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

1986 Cairnhead 2014


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Business Expansion - How and Why?

1986-1996

Lacking scale, slow growth

Determination to create a better work life balance

Family, risk averse

1997-2001

Marriage!

Grass, simplicity, single enterprise, cash flow, growth


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Business Expansion - How and Why?

2001-2007

Vision, planning, goals, belief, knowledge and networking

Consolidation, frustration!

2007-2011

Herd growth, neighbours herd and neighbouring farm NFU, Nuffield Scholarship


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Dolphenby 2011


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Dolphenby


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Dolphenby Farming Partners

50/50 Partnership

273 ha, all grass

5km cow tracks

New water system + troughs

50 paddocks

550 Spring calving cows, 300 young stock

40/80 herringbone parlour

408 cubicles installed

1.5 million gallon slurry store

4 full time staff

15 yrs tenancy


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

  • Targets

  • Simple and enjoyable

  • Profitable milk production £££

  • 90% calved < 6 weeks

  • 75% heifers calved in 3 weeks

  • 12 week calving

  • <10% empty rate

  • <20% replacement rate

  • 120 – 140 replacements reared

  • Surplus stock for sale

  • > 14 tonnes DM/ha grass grown

  • 3 million litres milk sold


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

And the Future?

Attract and retain top people, essential

Continue to grow

Evaluate all opportunities….where ever they are!

Property development

Continue to have choice every day but most of all… Enjoy life


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

New Zealand

Dec 2012

Once your day to day activities are linked to your purpose this becomes an incredible driving force towards what you really want out of life.


From 40 to 1000 cows how and why

Thank you for listening Email: [email protected]: 0777 6477802Twitter: @robertcraignfu


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