The Ritherdens Dispersal
of 260 Pedigree Jerseys
on behalf of
Messrs WJ & PD Venn
at Ritherdens Farm, Rumwell, Taunton, Somerset TA4 1EJ
Tuesday 19th March 2019 - 11am
223 In Milk and/or In Calf Cows & Heifers,
26 In Calf Heifers and
10 “A” lot Heifer Calves
Kivells are delighted to have received instructions on behalf of Messrs WJ & PD Venn of
Ritherdens Farm, Rumwell, Taunton, Somerset to disperse the entire Milking portion of the
CIS recorded herd of 260 Pedigree Jerseys, Summer calving In Calf Heifers and Heifer
The Jersey herd was established in 1964 by Dennis and William Venn and was strongly
influenced in the early days by the Woolcombe Herd. Early American genetics were
introduced in the 1990’s and Danish genetics in the 2000’s. More recently a mixture of
American and Danish genetics have been used.
The herd registered under the ‘Ritherdens’
prefix in 2001. Fullwood robots were introduced in 2001 along with zero grazing in 2002,
moving to an all year round silage diet in 2006. All cows are offered both ‘robot trained’
and for milking in a standard parlour.
We have made the difficult decision to disperse our milking herd of Jerseys and change our
farming policy for the future. We are extremely grateful for the dedication and support of
our team members past and present in progressing the herd.
With the exception of the the
youngstock the entire Dairy herd will be sold comprising: 223 In Milk and/or In Calf
Cows & Heifers, 26 In Calf Heifers and 10 “A” lot Heifer calves to follow their
The dairy cows are fed a base diet of grass and maize silages with molasses offered in the
trough and cows are fed to yield with cake in the robots/parlour and out of parlour feeders.
Freshly calved cows are milked through the Herringbone parlour for a short period of time
and then moved over to the Robots.
The herd is milk recorded with CIS and the annual herd average is very impressive at
7321kgs 5.46%BF 3.98%P cc185
Our annual figures for Milk sold per cow is 7200kgs 5.75%BF 3.88%P
This is a very young herd with 60 milking heifers, 84 second, 41 third, 16 fourth and 21 fifth
plus calvers demonstrating excellent longevity.
The herd is all year round calving:
October-December (55), January-March (59), April-June (51 including 18 heifers),
July-August (29 including 8 heifers) and September-October (42)