28/07/2022 10:30:00
Holstein UK Premier Herd Open Day
Starting in: 22 Days 13 Hours
28 July 2022
10:30AM - 04:00PM

Davlea Holsteins, Higher Farm, Dowlish Wake, Ilminster, Somerset. TA19 0NZ

The Holstein UK Premier Herd Open Day and Davlea Celebration Sale will take place on Thursday 28th July 2022 at Davlea Holsteins.

Opens from 10:30am and includes herd inspection, followed by lunch and the Davlea Celebration Sale.

Ian Davies, and son Max, run their 140 head herd which was established by Ian’s father Bryn in the 1970’s. The farm was initially based in Sussex and is now settled in Somerset following a relocation in 2004. The herd calve all-year-round and have access to TMR with supplementary grazing during the summer months. Around 300 acres is farmed with a mixture of owned and rented land and contract-grown maize with an aim to produce healthy, balanced and strong cows with quality udders. The herd are currently averaging over 10,000kg at 4.12% butterfat and 3.29% protein.

With prominent families including Alicia, Ashlyn, Loana, Lulu, Pledge and Raven, classification is an integral part of the business. There are currently 60 EX and 80 VG animals in the herd and the Davies’s have seen great success on the show circuit and in previous herds competitions. A major highlight for the herd was winning the National Holstein Show at UK Dairy Day in 2018 with Davlea Bradnick Alicia as well as taking home the Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor titles.

Ian and Max are delighted to welcome guests for the open day near Ilminster, supported by many of Davlea’s suppliers who are sponsoring the event. Max said “It was a great surprise to be named the national winners of the Premier Herd Award and we have been preparing for the Open Day ever since. All of us here at the farm are delighted to be welcoming everyone to Somerset and we look forward to giving members, young breeders and other dairy enthusiasts the chance to see the herd. The sale will feature some of the best in the herd including daughters from both D. Bradnick Alicia and D. Sidekick Wattle, we would like to thank all of our sponsors who are kindly supporting us with the event.”


There is no charge for entry however please register your attendance in advance for your free lunch.

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10.30am: Start 

11.00am: Welcome 

12.00 -2.30pm: Lunch available

2pm: Davlea Celebration Sales starts 

4pm: End


Davlea Holsteins, Higher Farm, Dowlish Wake, Ilminster, Somerset. TA19 0NZ

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Davlea Celebration Sale

The Davlea Celebration Sale contains over 40 lots and includes milkers, heifers and embryo offerings from all the best cow families from the herd with daughters being made available from many of the best cows with highlights being daughters of both Davlea Bradnick Alicia EX95, former National Champion, and Davlea Sidekick Wattle VG89 3yr, recent Intermediate Champion & Reserve Grand at UK Dairy Expo. Direct daughters will sell from two of the most admired cows the UK has seen in recent years.

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Watch the livestream on MartEye →

Calf Raffle

The South West Holstein Club alongside Davlea Holsteins are proud to announce the HYB Calf Raffle to raise money for the 2023 HYB Weekend Rally they are hosting.

The calf up for grabs comes from the heart of the Lulu family which is ever so popular at Davlea with notable family members such as Solomon Lulu EX93, Stanleycup Lulu EX93 3E, Goldwyn Lulu 2 EX94 2E and Lauthority Lulu EX94 2E. This calf is backed by 11 Gens VG/EX and an excellent opportunity to get into this great family.

The raffle will be drawn at the Davlea Premier Herd Open Day - Thursday 28th July 2022

Tickets are £10 each and can be purchased on the day or if you are unable to attend on the day you can buy tickets via this PayPal link: Please make sure to add your contact name and number for your tickets.

On behalf of Holstein South West and HYB we would like to thank you for your support.

With thanks to our sponsors

Agri-King  |  Allflex Livestock Intelligence  |  Alta Genetics  |  Buglers  |  Cattle Information Service  |  CMC Crop Sprayers  |  Cogent | Farm XS Ltd  |  Kivells  |  Lely  |  LLM Farm Vets  |  NFU Mutual, Ilminster  |  Premier Dairy Services  |  Promar International  |  Shearwell Data  |  Synergy Farm Health  |  Tyndale Vets  |  World Wide Sires  |  Wyke Farms  |  Wynnstay

For any queries please contact the Holstein UK events team on 01923 695225 or email