Midnight the cow at Richmond Village

Midnight the cow deserves a ‘pat’ on the back for putting Nantwich care village residents in a good mooood!

She came to the rescue of residents at Richmond Village, off London Road, who were competing in an inter-village contest called “The English Countryside”.

They decided to bring the country to their village, so posted a request online for a real live cow.

And the owners of Halton Farms in Alsager responded by offering their champion Holstein X cow, Midnight.

She recently won her class at the Cheshire Show held in Tabley near Knutsford.

Nicola Jackson, senior village adviser at the retirement village, said: “Grace Pedley and Simon Broomhall from Halton Farms answered our request on Facebook, and the village residents were overwhelmed when they arrived with a real cow on competition day!

“The annual competition between Richmond’s villages around the country is quite fierce!

“This year we wanted to do something different that would also mean a lot to our residents, many of whom have been involved with farming in the area with some owning large dairy herds.

“When we appealed for a ‘clean cow’ to visit us, we didn’t think we would get such a fantastic response, so we were all delighted when Halton Farms contacted us to offer one of theirs!

“It has been so special.”

Midnight cow and owners and resident at Richmond Village

Grace Pedley and Simon Broomhall from Halton Farms with resident Cathlyn Osborne and Midnight

The inter-village competition involves residents, relatives, staff, volunteers and the local community.

“It’s a lot of work but results in so much laughter,” added Nicola.

“Judging takes place at each village shortly, and while the winner receives a prize it’s more about the kudos of winning!”

Resident Patricia Cole, who once had a farm, said: “It was wonderful to have a cow come to visit us.

“She was beautiful, and so well behaved.”

Fellow resident Cathlyn Osborne, who also previously ran a farm, added: “Midnight was much bigger than I remember.

“We used to have so many to milk twice a day although I was always happier driving one of our tractors!”

Midnight the cow at Richmond

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