The Holiday Inn, Dumfries DG1 4UQ
The Holstein UK Celebration and AGM will take place in, and around, Dumfries from Tuesday 28th to Wednesday 29th June.
Please note the event is now fully booked. If you would like to take part in the herd visits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Holiday Inn and Easterbrook Hall
Within the picturesque grounds of the Crichton Estate (DG1 4UQ)
If wished on Monday 27th June, golf will be available at Crichton Golf Club. Contact Lee Steritt to book on 07770 553320
Herd visit: Logan Herd by kind permission of the Yates family
Brian Yates & Son of the Logan herd are the third generation farming at East Logan Farm where they milk their herd of 320 three times a day. The herd currently comprises of 37 EX and 120 VG and is achieving 12,900kg at 3.9% BF, 3.3% protein. Prominent families within the herd are Roxy, Ambrosia, Apple, Barb, Lulu, Mae, Rae, Jazz, Jodie, Tabitha, Kiwi, Hope and Frosty. The herd are housed year-round, along with youngstock which are reared on farm. All field work is done in house.
East Logan Farm, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1NX
Alternative visit: The Galloway Hoard, Kirkcudbright
Held in the National Museum of Scotaland the Galloway Hoard boasts over 100 gold, silver, glass, crystal, stone, and earthen objects from the Viking Age discovered in Scotland in 2014.
Herd Visit: Ernespie Herd by kind permission of the McMiken family
David McMiken, along with parents Brian and Jane, farm 500 acres at Ernespie, Castle Douglas. The dairy unit has seen a great deal of investment over the past ten years
which has enabled the business to increase cow numbers to 290 and produce a greater quantity of home grown forage. The Ernespie herd currently boasts 22 Excellent classified cows and 108 VG with an average yield of 10,700kg at 4.55% BF and 3.5% protein. The herd is milked through a 20/40 parlour but the McMikens are currently transitioning to a robotic milking system. Cows are out at grass during the day in summer when the weather permits. David and his partner Rebecca have also diversified the business to incorporate a farm shop, café, soft play area and a garden centre. The family also farm a 280 acre beef unit nearby where they finish all beef calves from the dairy along with 50 homebred suckler cows.
To include lunch from 1:00pm - 3:30pm - pre-registration is essential, please email email@example.com
Ernespie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway DG7 3JG
Alternative Visit: Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas
The National Trust Scotland School of Heritage Gardens at Threave Gardens and Estate offers unique gardens designs and views over the Galloway hills and Ken/Dee valley.
Visit to the SRUC Langhill Research Project at the Crichton Royal Farm
Based at Crichton Royal Farm, the SRUC dairy research and innovation centre provides development, implementation and information for sustainable breeding and management systems to improve health and welfare of UK dairy herds.
Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries DG1 4TT
Evening Entertainment at Easterbrook Hall
Herd visit: Errolston Herd, by kind permission of the Davidson family
Located in Gretna, Errolston Holsteins are a herd with a well established reputation for breeding and developing cow families that excel for type and production. The 370 cow robotic herd is run by Brian & Craig Davidson and their current focus is to maximise yields of components, especially protein. The herd is milked by robots and currently achieves 10,900kg at 4.16% BF 3.39% protein. The prominent cow families within
the herd are Stannock Formation Ricki, Myersgarth C M Franchesca, Lliwe Rosette 25, Miss Mark Maui, Cogent Convincer Scant and Wiltor Dante Tessie. Classifications currently total 65 EX and 117 VG. The herd won the regional round of the Holstein UK Premier Herd Competition seven times from 2007 to 2015.
Errolston Farm, Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway DG16 5HL
Alternative visit: The Gretna Green Blacksmiths Shop & Museum
As one of Scotland’s most famous wedding venues, the five star award winning visitor attraction offers a range of activities, experience days and a food hall.
Herd visit: Firth Herd by kind permission of the Jamieson family
The Firth Herd of pedigree Holstein Friesians was registered in 1982 when they graded up to pedigree status. John, Helen and Graham Jamieson then invested in top cow families both in the UK and North America by purchasing elite calves and embryos. Today, 240 cows are milked twice a day through a GEA 40 point rotary parlour achieving 10,494kg at 4.22%BF, 3.02% protein, 419 days. Farming organically since 1999, cows are paddock grazed in the Summer and housed on sand cubicles in the winter. Five cuts of clover silage and home grown cereals are fed to the herd. Currently the herd has 34 EX and 115 VG scored animals with families such as Vale, Rudy Missy, Roxie, Roxette, Gloriette, Sara, Lulu, Champagne, Gail and Cindy. The herd has previously enjoyed success in the show ring winning championships at the National Holstein Show, Royal Highland Show and reserve at the Great Yorkshire.
To include lunch from 1:00pm - 2:00pm - pre-registration is essential, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Locharwoods, Ruthwell, Dumfries & Galloway DG1 4NJ
Alternative visit: Chocolate demonstration at the Hotel
Holstein UK AGM
Drinks Reception and the Touch of Tartan Celebration Dinner, followed by evening entertainment
'Taste of Country’ was formed through the Young Farmers movement and has been on the go for over 35 years. Local organisations would ask if the Young Farmers would be able to entertain at events and our concert party evolved from this. We have performed at many events with one of the highlights being asked to sing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth which is closely followed by singing for the Holstein UK Society this evening! We have had a lot of fun over the years entertaining audiences near and far with all funds raised, donated to charity.