Rhual Dairy Farm, Flintshire

Published 28 June 19

John and Anna Booth run Rhual Dairy in Flintshire as part of a shared farming partnership. Rhual Dairy is an all-year-round-calving herd with 336 Holstein Friesian cows.

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The share farming partnership started with 250 dairy cows producing an average of 7,200 litres per cow per year and now currently milk 336 cows, producing an average of 8,400 litres per cow per year.

They aim to increase milk yield, litres produced from forage, improve transition cow management and reduce antibiotic usage, all of which will be covered in their on-farm meetings.

John and Anna Booth both graduated from Harper Adams in 1997 where they studied Agriculture with Animal Science.  John became an assistant farm manager on an estate and Anna became a dairy specialist for an independent dairy company. In 2001 they decided to move up from Dorset to Mold to start a share farming partnership with John’s Dad and the neighbouring farm, Rhual Farm Partnership.

Rhual Dairy is the first strategic dairy farm to be recruited in Wales as part of the Dairy Improvement Programme, which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

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Rhual Farm 

Pregnancy rate (%)

>25% 20% 14%  23% 
 Age at first calving (months) 23

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27.5  24.0 
 Total feed costs (ppl)  7.0 7.5 8.0  7.6 
 Average daily lifetime yield (litres/day) >19  14.5 12.5   13.4
Overheads exc’ rent and finance (ppl)
 9.0 10.0 12.5  9.8 
Genetic merit  5%  25%  50% 35% 

 

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Rhual Farm

Full economic net margin (ppl)

7.0  2.0  -3.0  4.4 

Full economic costs of production (ppl)

 <27.5 30.0   34.5  26.4

Return on tenants capital (%)

>20%  14%  3%   19%

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