Ninezergh Farm

Name:
Adrian Bland
Location:
Cumbria
Farm sectors:
Dairy
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About Ninezergh Farm

  • Strategic Dairy Farm since January 2020
  • Autumn block calving herd of 120 cows (Cross bred Holstein/Fleckvieh/Swedish R&W/MRI)
  • Averaging 8,000 litres per cow
  • 250 hectares (40 hectares maize, 8 hectares fodder beet, 8 hectares wheat)
  • 40 hectare grazing platform

Follow our journey if you are interested in:

  • Minimising inefficiencies and reducing overheads
  • Managing people effectively and developing a strong team
  • Producing as much feed as you can from your forage platform
  • Reseeding and renewing grazing - maximising the use of homegrown feed
  • Reducing instances of Neospora on your farm
  • Understanding your costs
  • Achieving a work/life balance

Overview

The Bland family has been tenants at Ninezergh Farm since the 1960s. The farm is now being managed by Adrian Bland in partnership with his wife and father.

The farm employs two general farmworkers. Adrian is part of a discussion group and welcomes other farmers onto his farm for more advice from attendees and to encourage farmers to be more willing to talk to one another. 

Our farm

Based in Levens, Cumbria, the farm is split across four separate blocks with some parkland which has to be managed accordingly. Alongside the dairy herd, there are also 550 sheep and 120 beef animals from the dairy herd which they raise to 24 months old.

Our herd

The herd is currently made up of 120 autumn calving crossbred cows achieving 8,000 litres of milk per cow per year milking twice per day.

Our journey

Their journey has seen them concentrate on reducing cases of Neospora in their herd, a major focus on improving fertility rates with investment in LED daylight lights for cows and bulling heifers and a drive to improve many small contributing factors that lead to major change overall.

Generating a healthy return on tenant capital whilst maintaining a good working environment are other key aims of the farm.

Our key performance figures

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

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Adrian Bland

"All the answers are always there if you are prepared to take a step forward to meet with others like you, to be open-minded to new ways of doing things, and to share your experience with others"

Adrian Bland

"All the answers are always there if you are prepared to take a step forward to meet with others like you, to be open-minded to new ways of doing things, and to share your experience with others"

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