Over Hulton dairy farmer scoops top milk prize at Great Yorkshire Show

Dairy farmer Michael Partington and daughter Laura with her prize-winning heifer Hulton Saracens Linky

Dairy farmer Michael Partington and daughter Laura with her prize-winning heifer Hulton Saracens Linky

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOLTON’S only farmer to bottle and sell his own milk proved he is the “cream of the crop” by scooping top prize at the country’s premier agricultural event.

Michael Partington, who runs Dearden’s Farm in Over Hulton with his wife Anne-Marie, was presented with three first prize awards for his milk, including the prestigious best overall dairy product at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

Completing a highly successful day for the Partington family, his daughter, Laura, aged 14, achieved a second place for showing a heifer in her class.

Mr Partington, who lives at the farm with his wife and five children, said he was delighted to bring home first place prizes for the best pasteurised whole milk, the best milk from an individual cow and the top overall dairy product award.

He added: “It felt absolutely brilliant to win the awards, really superb.

“The Great Yorkshire Show is a really big deal in the farming community and anyone across the country can enter.

“We are the only farm to personally bottle and sell our milk in Bolton and we hope these prestigious awards will encourage people to buy our product — they will know it is ours because all our milk has a distinctive white top on its bottles.”

The 51-year-old took over the running of the farm from his parents in 2005.

Next year will see the 60th anniversary of the Partington family’s involvement with the farm in Manchester Road.

He sells the milk through his own farm shop and local newsagents, as well as supplying the larger dairies.

Mr Partington said: “I was really pleased to win the first two awards and then got told that our milk, from one of our Ayrshire cows, had qualified to challenge for the top dairy product prize, which involved about 70 different entries — I couldn’t believe it when we won that outright as well.

“It was great to see Laura do really well with the showing of the heifer as well.”

The experienced farmer will not be ‘milking it’ for too long — as he insists he wants to go and win the same award at next year’s show.

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11:12am Wed 23 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Congratulations, I used to live near the farm and they sold their own milkshakes which were delicious!
Congratulations, I used to live near the farm and they sold their own milkshakes which were delicious! FreedomOfSpeech1945
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12:06pm Wed 23 Jul 14

oftbewildered2 says...

well done
well done oftbewildered2
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12:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Yes, well done. It is pleasing to see that we still have dairy farms around Bolton, in my neck of the woods, many of the farms on the Smithills estate are now sheep or horses.

Gone are the days when the farms had many cattle for milk.
Yes, well done. It is pleasing to see that we still have dairy farms around Bolton, in my neck of the woods, many of the farms on the Smithills estate are now sheep or horses. Gone are the days when the farms had many cattle for milk. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Wed 23 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

Ooooh propper milk...

Where is the shop?
Ooooh propper milk... Where is the shop? atlas123
  • Score: 5

11:01pm Wed 23 Jul 14

wsw69 says...

atlas123 wrote:
Ooooh propper milk...

Where is the shop?
Well done and very well deserved. Here is to next years win, fingers crossed!

At the traffic lights of the Four Lane Ends junction of the A6, head towards Westhoughton and the farm is about 300 yards down on the left hand side.

Top quality in all they sell. You won't go wrong shopping there, that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Ooooh propper milk... Where is the shop?[/p][/quote]Well done and very well deserved. Here is to next years win, fingers crossed! At the traffic lights of the Four Lane Ends junction of the A6, head towards Westhoughton and the farm is about 300 yards down on the left hand side. Top quality in all they sell. You won't go wrong shopping there, that's for sure. wsw69
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10:56am Thu 24 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

wsw69 wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
Ooooh propper milk...

Where is the shop?
Well done and very well deserved. Here is to next years win, fingers crossed!

At the traffic lights of the Four Lane Ends junction of the A6, head towards Westhoughton and the farm is about 300 yards down on the left hand side.

Top quality in all they sell. You won't go wrong shopping there, that's for sure.
I would say a bit further than 300 yards :)
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Ooooh propper milk... Where is the shop?[/p][/quote]Well done and very well deserved. Here is to next years win, fingers crossed! At the traffic lights of the Four Lane Ends junction of the A6, head towards Westhoughton and the farm is about 300 yards down on the left hand side. Top quality in all they sell. You won't go wrong shopping there, that's for sure.[/p][/quote]I would say a bit further than 300 yards :) FreedomOfSpeech1945
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