Bodysgaw Isa

Arthur Owen
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About Bodysgaw Isa

  • Joined the Strategic Dairy Farm network in September 2019

  • Autumn block calving herd of 375 Friesians and Crossbreds

  • 6,788 litres per cow

  • 185 hectares 

  • 103 hectare grazing platform (3.65LU/ha)

  • Grazing early February until Late November

Follow our journey if you are interested in:

  • Profitably raising milk solids - from 568kg MS to 586kg MS/cow
  • Developing low maintenance 'easy care cow' systems and processes
  • Improving your silage quality whilst continuing to use contractors
  • Improving milk yields from forage 
  • Reducing instances of Neospora and Johnes on your farm
  • Follow our journey on Twitter by searching for #SDFBodysgawIsa


Bodysgaw Isa has been tenanted by the Owen family on the Cefn Estate since 1939.  First managed by his grandfather, Arthur Owen now runs the farm alongside his 2 sons Guto and Gwion, Wife Marian, plus father in law Clwyd.

Our farm

Bodysgaw Isa is based in Llannefydd, Conwy, just 6miles off the A55, the farm consists of 185ha grassland, of which 103ha is grazed from early Feb through to late Nov.

Our herd

This Autumn calving herd consists of 375 Friesian Crossbred ‘Easy Care Cows’ average 6,788litres (568kg MS) per cow per year at 4.53% butterfat and 3.60% protein.  The herd, which calves onto grass, has an impressive 5 year average of 93% cows calving within the first 8 weeks of the block.  All cows graze from early Feb until late Nov, average stocking density 3.65LU/ha across the year.  All replacements are home reared.

Our journey

During Arthur’s time as an SDF, he hopes to further streamline and fine-tune his farming of Bodysgaw Isa. He has already developed a resilient business, stripped out costs, and achieves a good return on tenants' capital. Over the next 3 years, Arthur aspires to raise milk solids above 586kg/cow through improvements in silage quality. Upgrading slurry storage as well as and gaining better control of Johnes and Neospora are also key targets. 

Our key performance figures

Bodysgaw Isa openly share their KPIs so you can see how they perform against a number or technical and financial measures.

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Arthur Owen

Arthur Owen

"It’s great to be part of the network working to both improve our own productivity, and through events on the farm, to get feedback and learn from other farmers experiencing similar issues."

Upcoming Meetings

14 July 2022, 11:00 AM - 14 July 2022, 2:00 PM

Bodysgaw Isa, Denbigh, Conwy Principal Area, LL16 5DS

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14 July 2022, 11:00 AM - 14 July 2022, 2:00 PM

Bodysgaw Isa, Denbigh, Conwy Principal Area, LL16 5DS

Ymunwch ag AHDB a Cyswllt Ffermio i glywed sut y gall system cofnodi mewnbwn dda helpu i leihau costau magu.

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