From left to right: Chris Norman, dairy manager Krisztian Takacs, Lord Curry and Rich NormanFrom left to right: Chris Norman, dairy manager Krisztian Takacs, Lord Curry and Rich Norman © Tim Scrivener

Brothers Rich and Chris Norman will make history this summer by being the first autumn block grazed herd to host the Gold Cup Open Day on Thursday 14 June. 

During the day, the winners of the coveted trophy will reveal the secrets behind their success through a series of talks from some of the people who inspired the achievements that saw them winning the 2017 Gold Cup. 

Throughout the day, attendees will get an insight into the running of the 580-head cross-bred herd and its other enterprises, including the 200,000 broiler unit and anaerobic digester, where managers will be on-hand to answer questions.

See also: Cross-bred dairy herd wins Gold Cup

Programme of speakers

  • Future market predictions, presented by dairy market analyst Chris Walkland
  • Succession planning and the role of governance,presented by Tony Evans of the Andersons Centre 
  • Factors driving business and team performance and success, presented by LIC and Real Success
  • The benefits of linking your farm to the environment, presented by the Wye and Usk Foundation

Rich Norman said he hopes they are able to demonstrate how success is possible for all herd types and he hopes the day will attract visitors from far and wide, from the whole range of dairy systems.

He added: “We are thrilled to be in this position and look forward to sharing some of our practices with visitors through specialist speakers who are integral to our business and its success. 

“Above all, we hope we are able to provide some key take-home points that people can apply to their own businesses. Equally, we look forward to learning some new ideas ourselves.”

Entry is free, but pre-registration is essential and can be done online on the RABDF website. If you have any queries, please call the office on 02476 639 317.