Bridge Farm

David Cotton
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About Bridge Farm

  • Strategic Dairy Farm since December 2019
  • Autumn block calving herd 280 Pedigree Holstein Friesian cows
  • 7,932 litres per cow @ 4.3% fat, 3.47% protein
  • Age at first calving 25.1 months
  • 236 ha in total, 212 ha grass, 24 ha winter wheat
  • Grazing April – October

Follow our journey if you are interested in:

  • Autumn block calving
  • Incorporating a newly purchased farm into an existing system
  • Finding out more about round-house structures
  • Improving heifer rearing
  • Improving your herd fertility
  • Getting the most from grass
  • Successful succession planning
  • Improving farm infrastructure


Bridge Farm is owned and operated by David and Lene Cotton in partnership with David's parents. The herd manager, Steve Crowther has been employed for 9 years and Chris Glass, with the business for 18 years, is a general farm worker shared between the dairy business and a friend's arable business.

Our farm

Based near Glastonbury, Somerset, Bridge farm is 236Ha, of which 193Ha are owned and 43Ha are tenanted. The farm consists of 200Ha of grass (mixed permanent pasture and rotational) and 24Ha of Winter Wheat which is used to provide feed and straw for both the dairy and beef enterprises. Other enterprises include a campsite and office buildings rented out.

Our herd

The herd is currently made up of 280 pedigree Holstein Friesian, autumn calving cows. Achieving 7,932 litres of milk per cow per year with 4.3% fat and 3.47% protein mix, milking twice per day and grazing from April through to October. All replacements are reared at home with an average age at first calving of 25 months.

Our journey

Our journey has seen an increased focus on fertility since becoming an autumn block calving herd. The neighbouring farm, purchased in 2016, has allowed the opportunity for expansion. The efficient integration of the two operations will be the major area of focus for the next three years. Development of staff and training is a passion for David which he hopes to continue to build on.

Our key performance figures

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

Past events and updates

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David Cotton

David Cotton

"Coming to an AHDB event is the perfect way to pick up new ways of doing things from other farmers that help you improve your efficiency and bottom line."

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