2014-06-11   facebook twitter rss

Six Herds Under the Spotlight for 2014 NMR RABDF Gold Cup

This year’s old Cup will go to one of six dairy herds who have completed several rounds of the competition and reached the final line up.

It’s a truly UK battle with three countries represented – from England two herds from Somerset and two from Lancashire, a Scottish herd and a Northern Irish herd.

This year’s Gold Cup finalists are:
· Neil Baker from Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset
· Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Somerset
· Darren and Stuart McMurran from Banbridge, Co Down
· John and Stuart Harvey, Beeswing, Dumfries
· David and James Tomlinson, Preston, Lancs
· Mark Verity, Clitheroe, Lancs

Neil Baker

Neil Baker

John Taylor (left) Michael Eavis

John Taylor (left) Michael Eavis

Stuart and Darren McMurran

Stuart and Darren McMurran

John and Stuart Harvey

John and Stuart Harvey

 

David and James Tomlinson

David and James Tomlinson

Mark Verity

Mark Verity

RABDF’s Lyndon Edwards, NMR Chairman Philip Kirkham and 2011 Gold Cup winner Tom King will evaluate each business’s herd performance, management system and costings. Equally importantly, they will consider their future plans and developments.

“We are interested in the whole dairy business,” says Lyndon Edwards. “It’s not a historic competition. Commitment to the dairy industry and how each one is maximising their own resources and skills are important aspects of the Gold Cup competition, along with improvements in herd efficiency, staff developments and environmental considerations.”

The winner of the 2014 NMR RABDF Gold Cup and the runner-up, who receives the NMR Silver Salver, will be announced at 4pm on the NMR stand at the Livestock Event, NEC Birmingham on July 2.

NMR RABDF Gold Cup

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