Ian Davies and son Max's Davlea herd from the South-west region, has landed this year's National Holstein UK Premier Herd award

The award, which recognises the most outstanding Holstein herd in the country, was presented at UK Dairy Day.

The winner of each individual Club’s herd competition competes against neighbouring clubs to become one of the seven regional winners and finalists in the National Premier Herd competition. Due to Covid-19, the award has not been presented since 2019.

The Davies' run a 140-cow herd which was established by Ian’s father Bryn in the 1970’s. Initially based in Sussex and now settled in Somerset following a relocation in 2004, the herd is all year round calving and has access to grazing during the summer months with TMR all year round.

Around 300 acres is farmed with a mixture of owned and rented land and contract-grown maize with an aim to produce healthy, balanced and strong cows with quality udders. The herd are currently averaging over 10,000kg at 4.12%BF and 3.29%P.

Prominent families include Alicia, Ashlyn, Loana, Lulu, Pledge and Raven. Classification is an integral part of the business and there are currently 60 Ex and 80 VG animals in the herd.

National Premier Herd judge, and 2019 winner, David Wright of the Berryholme herd, visited each of the finalists said: “The winning herd was phenomenal! They were very much my type of cows with a stamp of high class udders, balanced dairy frames and great feet and legs throughout with lots of outstanding individuals too."

Reserve was presented to J Burrow and Son of the Stardale herd from Lancashire with an honourable mention going to Northern Ireland winners, J and N McCann of the Simlahill herd.

Regional winners in Scotland were Brian Weatherup and Partners of the Parkend and Lesmay herds based in Fife.