About Us:

Bollowal Farm is situated 150 feet above sea level between Cape Cornwall and Lands End. The farm is part of an HLS environmental scheme providing habitat for the successful breeding of the Cornish Chough.

Jeff Thomas is the fourth generation to have farmed at Bollowal. During the last century, the milking of Golden Guernsey’s made way for the breeding of pedigree Devons, while early potatoes and a range of vegetables and spring barley complimented the breeding of cattle.

The significance of the Bollowal herd is recognised nationally and internationally as a result of 35 years of successful breeding and show successes at both county and national show level.

Bollowal Nimrod was one of the only three Devon bulls in the history of the breed to have won the Burke Trophy at the Royal Show, alongside a cow from Gavin Hunter’s Tilbrook herd in 2007.

Influential females

The foundation females in the Bollowal herd originated from the famous Fairnington herd from Scotland, producing the Cherry, Angel and Showgirl lines. The renowned Bollowal Clara line originated from a purchase from the Slee Brothers at Halsbury.

Influential bulls

The influence of Bollowal bulls throughout the breed is endorsed by the number of different bulls to have achieved National Status; Bollowal Frederick, Bollowal Allegro, Bollowal Nimrod, Bollowal Elgar, Bollowal Barrister and Bollowal Front Row, to name but a few.


Bollowal Elgar: Native Champion and Reserve Overall Champion Three Counties Show 2013. Sire of the last three National Show and World Conference Show champions.
Bollowal Clara 35th. Breed champion Royal Cornwall 2017 as a yearling.
Bollowal Barrister. Stock bull and Bull of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Bollowal Nimrod. Breed champion Royal Cornwall 2007, 2008 and 2009. Overall champion Royal Bath and West 2006. Won the breed championship at the Royal Show 2006 as a yearling. Winner of the 2007 Native Burke Trophy alongside Tillbrook Cashtiller.
Bollowal Front Row. Young bull of the year 2017. Supreme pedigree calf and junior native champion Agrifest 2017.
Bollowal Nimrod. Won the breed championship at the Royal Show in 2006 as a yearling.
Bollowal Barrister. Sire of Bollowal Front Row and numerous bulls sold to other herds.
Bollowal Clara. Breed Champion Royal Show 2009, Royal Cornwall 2009 and Royal Three Counties 2008.
Bollowal Barrister – A super sire for the herd.
Whitefield Jack Of All Trades. Stock bull of the year 2010 and 2011.
Hackpen Cherry – A foundation cow for the Bollowal herd.
Stonegrove Jack The Lad. Reserve male and reserve breed champion at The Royal Three Counties Show in 2010.
Bollowal Barrister. He has won numerous breed and interbreed championship titles.
Bollowal Backrow. Junior male champion at the Devon County show 2018.
Female champion at the last Royal show held in 2009, a descendent from the Clara line
Bollowal Allegro. Another good bull shown successfully in the 2000's and in 2004, he and Cherry 1st were shown throughout the south west winning champion and reserve at every show. By Bollowal Frederick, he is out of a Queenie cow.
Bollowal Frederick. An influential bull at Bollowal at the end of 90's. He is sired by Machbiehill Frederick and out of the great breeding cow Hackpen Cherry.