A dairy farmer is celebrating the 20th birthday of one of his milking cows on December 28.
Lovely, a Holstein Friesian named after the farm she was bought from in 2007, is ‘part of the family’ for Kevin Lupton, at Forty Acre Farm, Longridge, Lancashire.
At the time of the sale, Lovely was coming to the end of what Mr Lupton believes was her fourth lactation, and she has since given about 111 tonnes of milk.
The farm has two of Lovely’s heifers and three granddaughters in the herd.
“She has been fairly steady,” Mr Lupton said. “The last five lactations she has given more than 10,000 kilograms each time.
“She is the boss. She is starting to show her age now and has gone a bit grey looking, but no matter what, I will not get rid of her.”
The average dairy cow in the UK will live to about six-and-a-half years old.
Mr Lupton added: “Not many cows get the chance to live that long, but she has always been easy to get back into calf and has just kept going. She is not in-calf now; she is a pet and is part of the family.”