A Cornish farming family is through to the final round of the national Excellence in Farming awards.

Husband and wife Graham and Kate, and Graham’s mother, Ann Bradley, from Tregray Villa Farm, in Hallworthy, Cornwall have been named as one of the Southern Region Finalists in the Youngstock Producer of the Year category.

Graham and Kate, along with their three sons Sam, Harry and Luke, milk 900 Holstein Friesian cows that average an annual yield of 9,800 litres per cow, with milk going to Dairy Crest, but their youngstock rearing is what really sets the business apart. Each year they produce around 896 calves either as replacement heifers for their herd or as BBx calves sold off the farm.

ForFarmers account manager Matt Jenkin, who nominated the family for the award, commended their attention to detail and the health of their animals. “The Bradley family are making the most of the genetic potential of the calves. By achieving excellent growth rates in the first 12 weeks they are improving the metabolic programming of these heifers and seeing the results in the first lactation as they are healthier and more productive.”

Awards judge and ForFarmers Youngstock Specialist Emma Moore summarised her visit to Bradley farm, noting that calf health and hygienic facilities were particularly striking. “I was very impressed with the overall hygiene in all groups: all ages of calves look fantastic with good condition, with clean and shiny coats and good frame development. Overall, this farm has very good colostrum management and early nutrition. All groups are small with limited age gaps and are kept in very clean, well maintained facilities with good ventilation. It is clear that an emphasis is placed on good calf management from birth to the first calving and it is certainly shown in the quality of the youngstock.”

Bradley Farm has been selected as one of the Regional Finalists in the Youngstock Producer of the Year Award category. They will soon go head-to-head with farmers from the north of the country in the final round of the award, with one finally being crowned the national winner at an event in London in November.