THE HISTORY OF HILTONBURY

From the day I was born all I ever wanted to do was farm in my own right. I grew up at Velmore Farm, Chandlers Ford with my parents, three younger brothers Daniel,Tristan and Julian and the Hiltonbury Herd of Jerseys. As I got older I became able to show calves, and then moved onto showing cows, milking them and operating machinery.
After leaving school at 16 I went onto a two year Y.T.S. scheme, working on an estate near home where I gained more experience with livestock and machinery. At 18 I attended Sparsholt College obtaining an N.C.A. I then moved to Glastonbury in Somerset with my father where I worked for several Agricultural Contractors silaging, baling, drilling, maize harvesting and generally gaining more experience. After nine years of this I realised it was at home with the Jerseys I really wanted to be so I moved back home to the farm in 1999. I worked at home with my mother and step father John on a part time basis whilst working for another agricultural contractor.                                                                                                                       
It was during 2001 that my mum decided to sell the cows and the  main of the young stock, and so this made me more determined to farm in my own right as I did not want my grandfathers herd name to disappear. I was then offered a small dairy unit to rent at Longdown Activity Farm from Bryan and Dawn Pass, to which I still thank them for today. I bought two in-milk cows from my mother with the sale of my drum kit. The drum kit raised me £900 the cows were £450 each! I moved to Longdown in the summer of 2003 with the two cows Hiltonbury Yarrow and Hiltonbury Yuletide (Yarrows head being the current herd logo), I then purchased eight more Hiltonbury bred heifers from mum to calve later that summer.


These ten Jerseys ran with the 35 Holsteins for around 18 months which were already in situ on the farm. It was at Longdown were I met Julie who`s lucky enough to be my partner for the last dozen years! Without whom I could not have got where I am today.
After 18 months at Longdown, Uplands Farm came up for rent with Hampshire County Council,where we secured a 10 year Farm Business Tenancy, which runs out September 2014. We are currently seeking new premises as Uplands Farm is going for development within the near future as we are in a very urban area.Ideally we would like to find a farm where we can expand the herd up to 150 milking cows.
Things are constantly evolving and we hope to be moving the herd sometime during 2018.....


I have always been very much into the breeding and showing of the cows and have more recently ventured out to some of the larger shows with a great deal of help from my late father who was responsible for the main of the halter training and preparation work (you got the blame if it went wrong Dad!!) It has always been a goal of mine to take our homebred cows to another level within the show ring as we have only ever competed locally before.

By the way I have since bought another drum kit! (I just don`t get time to play it).

Velmore farm relief milking in 1999

Velmore Farm relief milking in 1999

 

Mum with Hiltonbury Revel winning Breed Champion at Romsey Show

Mum with Hiltonbury Revel
Breed Champion at Romsey Show


Oliver at Alresford Show 1981
with Hiltonbury Intenso

Oliver & kerplunk

Oliver and Kerplunk at the
2013 South West Dairy Show

Oliver at New Forest Show 1978  (check out the T shirt!!)
Oliver at New Forest Show 1978
(check out the T shirt!!)

oliver at longdown

Oliver at Longdown farm with
Hiltonbury Yarrow 2003

Olly and Ballad
Olly and Ballad
 
     
   

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