Sixty four dairy herds are through to the next round of the
2007 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition and include herds of five
different breeds and from mainland Britain, Isle of Man, and
for the first time ever, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
RABDF Gold Cup
All these herds have met rigorous criteria; more than 70 cows/heifers
in the milking herd, an annual somatic cell count average for the
recording year ending 30 September 2006 of 200,000/ml or less or
less than 400,000/ml for organic herds and a minimum PIN value specific
to the breed – £5 for Holstein and £6 for Jerseys
And all 64 herds completed a detailed questionnaire with their herd
performance details, environment, grassland, feeding and herd management
plans and their outlook for the next five years.
A short list of herds will be judges up by this year’s Gold
Cup judges, dairy farmer and RABDF Chairman Lyndon Edwards, dairy
farmer and NMR board member Trevor Lloyd and Dr Malcolm Crabtree,
Leckford Estates. The 2007 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup winner will be announced
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