End of era for Shropshire dairy family

 50 years of dairy farming comes to an end on Friday for John and Eileen Gittins with their dispersal sale at Nant farm, Morda, near Oswestry.

 

Building up a small commercial herd of considerable note, Nant Farm has been in the top 10 farms in the Wiseman Milk Quality awards for the past three years.

 

The 89-head Holstein Friesian herd comprises 56 cows and heifers in milk, 13 in-calf heifers, four bulling heifers and 16 heifer calves. The herd has current annual averages of 8835kg of milk with 4.17% butterfat, 3.34% protein, 81 cell count and hygiene 15.

 

Mr Gittins who took over the 60-acre dairy farm from his parents in 1981, says “farming is the only thing that I’ve ever known. “We are proud to have provided food for the British nation and we’ve done the best we can.”

 

Sales director of Halls Auctioneers, says “This is a sale not to be missed. The quality and milkiness of the cows will obviously be prevalent in the excellent young stock.”

 

The sale begins at 10:30 on Friday