6 September 2002

DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR

ARE you a top quality UK dairy farmer or farm manager? If so, you could win £2000 in our easy-to-enter competition.

In association with EPRINEX, farmers weekly is looking for producers who can demonstrate the skills to profit from milk production in the current climate of low milk prices.

Whatever your chosen yield level or management system, this competition is looking for appropriate management of inputs and awareness of key industry and environmental issues.

Entrants shortlisted fromthe questionnaire stage of the competition will enter a roundof on-farm judging, led by Andersons Farm Business Consultants partner Tony Evans, in November. Finalists will be invited to attend thepresentation of the award tothe winner, at the Royal Smithfield Show in London on Tues, Nov 26.

To enter, simply complete the entry form below or on fwi.co.uk/eprinex and send it to us by Oct 5, and you could be on your way to a much needed boost to this years income.

Sponsors message

Merial, the manufacturer of EPRINEX Pour-on, is the worlds leading animal health company. The company has the largest research and development investment in the animal health industry. We believe our sponsorship of this initiative will help everyone to focus on the very best of British farming and in particular our dairy industry.

EPRINEX is a recent addition to the endectocide range of parasite control products for cattle. Based on eprinomectin, EPRINEX is the first of a new generation of endectocides. It combines excellent antiparasitic efficacy with a zero milk withdrawal in dairy cows

For the first time, the dairy farmer has a product that will control both internal and external parasites with a single treatment and with no loss of production.

DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR 2002 ENTRY FORM

Please tick all correct answers for questions one to four.

1 Which of the factor is included in the £ PLI bull ranking system?

o Expected length o Mastitis o Size of cows. of cows life. resistance.

2 When does the current EU milk quota regime run out?

o 2004 o 2008 o 2012

3 Which of the following statements are true about the new Feed into Milk rationing system?

o Developed for UK-type forages.

o Will help reduce ration costs.

o Designed only for herds giving more than 9000 litres.

o Aims to reduce crude protein % in rations.

4 How many lactations does the average UK dairy cow have?

o 2.5 o 3 o 3.5

5 Detail three initiatives, instigated to improve the efficiency of your business in the last three years? Please be specific and estimate saving made – e.g. reduced replacement rate from 25% to 20%, saving £1500/year.

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Current herd details

Herd size (No)………………………….. Replacements (No)…………………..

Yield ……………………………………… Source (NMR,est)…………………….

Your details

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Send completed entries to: Dairy Farmer of the Year, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS or fax them to 020-8652 4005. Closing date Oct 5, 2002.

Dairy farming in the new millennium has proved challenging to all producers. But if you can show us you are up to the challenges ahead, we have £2000 up for grabs for the top entrant in our competition.

1 The competition is open to all bona fide farmers and farm managers in the UK.

2 Complete the entry form in ink and post or fax to the address on the coupon.

3 Late, incomplete, mutilated and illegible entries will be disqualified, as will any which do not comply with these rules. No responsibility will be accepted for entries delayed or lost in the post.

4 Judges will be appointed by farmers weekly and Merial. Their decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

5 The winner and finalists will be announced at the Royal Smithfield Show and entrants must agree to co-operate in the competitions publicity.

6 Merial will keep entrants details on its database and send them relevant product information from time to time, unless you instruct us otherwise.