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.
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 ran out in September 2014.
We have been seeking a new farm 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 in late 2019 we have relocated to Attwoods Drive Farm, Compton…..
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).
History In Pictures
Mum with Hiltonbury Revel
Breed Champion at Romsey Show
Oliver at New Forest Show 1978
(check out the T shirt!!)
Oliver at Alresford Show 1981
with Hiltonbury Intenso
Olly and Ballad
Oliver at Longdown farm with
Hiltonbury Yarrow 2003
Oliver and Kerplunk at the
2013 South West Dairy Show