Rhual Dairy

John and Anna Booth
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About Rhual Dairy

  • Joined the Strategic Dairy Farm network in June 2019
  • Calving 336 Holstein / Friesians cows all year round
  • Producing 8,472 litres per cow per year
  • Home rearing replacements to calve at 24 months
  • Farm consists of 220 hectares
  • 182ha grazing platform (50% parkland) 

Follow our journey if you are interested in:

  • Increasing your milk yields to over 9,000 litres 

  • Increasing production from grassland and forage by 1,000 litres per cow

  • Improving transition cow management

  • Reducing the use of antibiotics 

  • Developing a resilient system that unlocks more time

Follow our journey on Twitter by searching for #SDFRhualDairy 


John and Anna Booth have been share-farmers at Rhual Dairy since 2001.  John and Anna host Open Farm Sunday and have just begun ‘FaceTime a Farmer’.  The farm is also taking part in two university trials; one looking at techniques to establish cover crops into Maize, another into calf housing. 

Our farm

Based just outside Mold in North East Wales, Rhual is a 220ha farm, of which 182ha is grassland (of which 50% parkland), 21ha maize, and 11ha spring barley.  The farm has operated under Nitrogen Vulnerable restrictions for many years. 

Our herd

This all-year-round calving herd of 336 Holstein Friesians averages 8,472litres per cow per year at 3.89% butterfat and 3.29% protein. All replacements are home reared and calve at 24 months old, contributing to their low replacement rate of 22%.  A new transition cow shed has been built to enable better management and transition of dry cows pre and post-calving, plus recent refurbishments to cow housing such as improved ventilation, LED lights on a timer system, and increasing available cow feed space. 

Our journey

After both graduating from Harper Adams in 1997, John initially worked as an assistant farm manager and Anna a Dairy specialist, before beginning their share-farming journey at Rhual Dairy in 2001.  Since 2001, they have grown stock numbers, output, and improved farm infrastructure considerably. Their aspirations as Strategic Farmers is to continue developing their resilient system and increasing production from their 91ha Parkland, both while building more free time into their daily operations for their family.

Our key performance figures

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

Previous meetings and updates

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John and Anna Booth

John and Anna Booth

“We are hoping that by becoming a strategic farm, it will enable us to pay more attention to key performance indicators and help us achieve our business goals through listening to other farmers and other industry professionals”.

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