Farmer to auction remaining dairy herd

Colin Williamson with his dairy cattle''w132704a
Colin Williamson with his dairy cattle''w132704a

A Grosmont farmer has put almost his entire herd of dairy cows up for sale.

Colin Williamson, who writes the Whitby Gazette’s monthly Down on the Farm column, will sell his Stein Fresian cows through Richardson and Smith at Ruswarp Mart on Wednesday July 17 at noon.

Colin (59) is a tenant farmer and several years ago had 125 cows. He now has around 50 which he said it is no longer sustainable to keep.

He has been farming since he was a boy and took over the farm from his parents Jean and Yeoman (both 86). His father still regularly helps out with its day to day running of the farm.

Agents acting on behalf of Mr Williamson’s landlord have asked him to vacate 40 acres of land at Grosmont Farm which is currently being used for silage. This he said has reduced the amount of land for the cows to graze.

He said: “We got the notice a year ago but I did’t know exactly what was happening until March.

“I will be roaring my head off at the sale. You milk them twice a day, you get really attached to them, they all have names. We need more than 50 cows to make a living.”

Mr Williamson, who keeps hens, geese, sheep and store cattle will pursue other farming ventures in the future.