Welcome to Blythe House Farm, home of dairy cows and the Kirkham family since 1950, when it was purchased by James Kirkham and run by Michael Kirkham.
The Kirkblythe herd of pedigree Holsteins was founded by Philip & Debbie Kirkham in 1979. Since that time, the herd has grown and now stands at 350 milkers with 350 followers, all pure Holstein. Milk is sold on a liquid contract to Freshways in Acton.

STAR BROOD COWS:

In order to receive star brood cow status, a cow must have a minimum of three progeny classified GP or better, and with above average production indices. Mascot Sweet, Dombi Dolly, Jabot Dolly and Leadman Dolly have all achieved the Superior Brood Cow status, by having more than ten stars each. They are some of the top brood cows in the UK.

Kirkblythe Tugolo Carolyn SP LP60 VG87 1*
Kirkblythe Earl Sweety Ex 1*

Kirkblythe Carol D Dolly ET SP LP60 VG88 2*
Kirkblythe Convincer D Dolly ET SP LP50 VG87 2*
Kirkblythe Earl L Dolly ET SP LP60 VG88 2*
Kirkblythe Marshall L Dolly SP LP60 VG 2*
Kirkblythe Dannix Carolyn 2 LP50 2*
Kirkblythe Jurist Cameo SP LP110 VG 2*
Kirkblythe Tips Jean SP LP80 VG 2*
Kirkblythe Tugolo Fab ET SP GP84 2*
Kirkblythe Demand Sweet SP LP70 VG87  2*
Kirkblythe Eddie Sugar  LP50 VG 2*
KIrkblythe Zico Sweet  SP LP80 VG86 2*

Kirkblythe JRF Pella 2 SP LP60 VG87 3*
Kirkblythe Principal Dolly SP VG87 3*
Kirkblythe Emerson Dolly ET VG86 3*
Kirkblythe Mtoto L Dolly SP LP50 VG88 3*
Kirkblythe Fatal D Dolly ET SP VG87 3*
Kirkblythe Titanic Dolly SP VG87 3*
Kirkblythe Blackstar Edelweiss ET SP GP83 3*
Kirkblythe Santa Melanie SP LP140 Ex 3*
Kirkblythe Jolt Sweets  SP LP70 GP83 3*
Kirkblythe Marvelous Sweet SP LP110 Ex 2E 3*

Kirkblythe Mtoto D Dolly ET SP LP100 Ex94 5E 5*
Kirkblythe Tugolo Dolly SP VG86 5*
Kirkblythe Fatal Sweetest ET PI SP VG86 5*

Kirkblythe Pella SP GP83 6*
Kirkblythe Mascot Fabine ET PI SP LP70 VG86 7*
Kirkblythe Leadman Sweet ET PI SP LP90 VG88 7*

Kirkblythe Jabot Dolly 2 ET PI SP LP50 VG86 10* Superior Brood Cow
Kirkblythe Dombi Dolly ET PI SP LP70 Ex92 18* Superior Brood Cow
Kirkblythe Leadman Dolly ET PI SP LP60 Ex 30* Superior Brood Cow
Kirkblythe Mascot Sweet ET PI SP LP70 VG87 21* Superior Brood Cow

100 Tonne Cows:

Cleevale Carnation 8 RML110 Gold Ribbon GP79
Kirkblythe Santa Melanie SP LP140 Ex 3*
Kirkblythe Jurist Cameo SP LP110 VG 2*
Kirkblythe Tips Honesty SP LP110 GP82
Kirkblythe Bluff Olive LP100 GP83
Hayleys Gleam 16 SP LP100 Ex 3E
Kirkblythe Marvelous Edelgold SP LP100 VG85
Kirkblythe Marvelous Sweet SP LP110 Ex 2E 3*
Kirkblythe Dream Cameo SP LP100 GP83
Kirkblythe Benson Pella SP LP100 Ex92 5E
Kirkblythe Ice Cameo SP LP120 VG87
Kirkblythe Esq Carolyn SP LP100 VG88
Kirkblythe Mtoto D Dolly ET SP LP100 Ex94 5E 5*
Kirkblythe JRF Dolly SP LP100 Ex 3E

Foundation Cows:

Satellite Valiant Dora VG87 DOM - dam of the proven bulls Conant Acres Mark David & Etazon Diamond
Edelweiss Ex92 - Dam of the proven German bull Sender & G Dam of Dorado
Conant Acres Tim Goldmine Ex92
Swampy Hollow Elevation Sweet Ex 3E GMD DOM
Northcroft Ella Elevation Ex97 3E GMD 27* All American All Canadian
Monalisa Ex92 All German Champion
Diamond S Eve Corry Ex 2E GMD DOM – dam of Carnation Counselor
Sleepy Hollow VY Fay Ex GMD DOM
Londondale Model Ford VG88 – Dam of the proven bulls Londondale Merrill, Londondale Merv
Sunnylodge Chief Vick VG 31*

Feeding:

TMR since 1983. Philip formulates all of the rations.

Maize & Grass Silage – Haylage – zero grazed grass in summer – Rolled cereals – Maize gluten – Soya Hulls – Soya Bean Meal – Molasses – Cod liver oil –Minerals

Dry cows are fed a transition ration

Cropping:

  • 200 acres Maize – Varieties to be planted in alternate rows:– Pioneer PR39 V43 & Avenir
  • 400 acres grass
  • 150 acres wheat

Milking:

  • 11,500 kgs highest annual average (3X)
  • 10,449 kgs 3.93% 3.28% 266 cows & heifers lactation average to September 2011 (2x)

Breeding:
Calf and service sires:

  • AI bulls: Mascol – Ralma Focus – Juwel – Laudan – Cricket – Picston Shottle – Kirkblythe Daytona – Kirkblythe Dallas – Askew Reece – Reagancrest Altaiota – McCormick – Wyman – Endstory
  • Stock bulls: Kirkblythe Dev(Titanic x Kirkblythe Tugolo Dolly ET SP VG86 5*) – Kirkblythe Dragon (Socrates x Kirkblythe Titanic Dolly ET SP VG87) – Kirkblythe Dewi (Iron Active x Shottle M Dolly ET SP VG88) – Kirkblythe Decade (Ashlar x Shottle S Dolly ET SP VG87)

Competitions and awards

  • 20+ wins County competitions
  • 30+ Show Championships
  • 20+ wins Breeders Club competitions

Sales

  • Between 40 and 60 breeding females and stock bulls
  • Bulls sold to AI most recently:
  • Kirkblythe Daytona ET – Genus (Boliver x K Shottle S Dolly SP VG87 x K Ford Dolly SP VG89)
  • Kirkblythe Doliver – Genus (Boliver x K Ford Dolly SP VG89)
  • Kirkblythe Daronda ET – Genus (Alpag Iron Active x K Shottle S Dolly SP VG87)
  • Kirkblythe Dallas ET -Cogent (Alpag Iron Active x K Shottle S Dolly SP VG87)
  • Kirkblythe Dai ET – Top Q(Germany) (Alpag Iron Active x K Shottle M Dolly SP VG86)
  • Kirkblythe Dundeel ET -Cogent (Cogent Maestro x K Shottle S Dolly SP VG87)
  • Kirkblythe Dimaggio – Genus (Laudan x K Jardin Dolly ET VG86 2yr