The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa (CH4 9DG)
The Holstein UK Celebration and AGM will take place in, and around, Cheshire from Tuesday 27th to Wednesday 28th June.
The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, CH4 9DG
Featuring stunning, contemporary decor and surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa is renowned as one of Chester’s finest hotels. Situated minutes from the historic city centre of Chester and on the border with stunning North Wales, this privately owned four-star hotel offers 75 bedrooms with en-suite facilities, luxury spa and two restaurants serving a wide choice of delicious food.
Visit: Genus Bull Stud, Ruthin
Time: 09:45 - ABS Genus Stud, Llanrhydd, Ruthin, Clwyd, LL15 2UP
The superb facilities at the Genus ABS bull studs in Ruthin, North Wales, and Whenby, North Yorkshire, showcase the technology behind our genetics.
180 bulls are cared for by dedicated teams, producing 35 trillion sperm cells per year across both sites. The units produced are distributed globally, resulting in 3,124 calves being born per day from semen produced at our Ruthin site.
The original Ruthin facility was built in 1946 by the Ministry of Agriculture and the initial stud consisted of just eight bulls. Almost 80 years later 50% of GB dairy products are derived from our genetics.
Herd Visit: Grosvenor Herd, by kind permission of the the Duke of Westminster
Time 14:00 - Lea Manor Dairy, Aldford, Chester CH3 6JQ
Grosvenor Farms produces high-quality, nutritious, milk and cereal grains, adopting sustainable practices that benefit animal welfare and enhance the environment. Their award-winning commercial farm within Grosvenor’s Eaton Estate in Cheshire typically produces over 32 million litres of fresh milk a year and grows over 2,200 hectares of forage and grains for food production and animal feed.
Herd visit: Bidlea Dairy and Farm, by kind permission of the Brown family
Time 10:00 - Bidlea Dairy, Twemlow Lane, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW4 8DS
Ray Brown’s parents Clifford & Madeline moved from Staffordshire to Cheshire in 1961. Five years ago, Ray decided to build his own processing plant and from that, they started to sell their own milk, cream and butter which they supply to farm shops and milk rounds. They have also opened their own shop selling dairy products alongside potatoes, eggs and other produce.
Herd visit: Woodhey Herd by kind permission of the Robinson family
Time 14:00 - Woodhey Hall, Woodhey Lane, Faddiley, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8JH
The Robinson family's Woodhey herd was formed in 2004 and they started to grade up their own herd and purchased some new families. Today, they are milking 900 cows and yields have increased from 10,000 to 12,000 over the past ten years with fat and protein both also improving. They have also invested in cow comfort with the full farm now bedded on sand. The family love to see cows produce 100 tonnes and in the past two years, they have had three achieve over 150 tonnes. The herd is fully genomically tested with only sexed Holstein or Aberdeen Angus semen being used. Mark has previously bred many show winners, including the National Holstein Show Reserve Intermediate Champion.
Holstein UK AGM
Time 18:00 - The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, Westminster Suite