Gold Cup honours

Q Top honours in this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup award went to former Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year Geoff Spence, Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Mr Spence’s 370-cow herd is currently giving an average yield of 10,400 litres with mastitis levels running below eight cases/100 cows.

Taking second spot for the second year running were Ian and Joyce McLean, Bushmills, Co Antrim. The McLeans calve all heifers at 24 months old and have recently cut 36 days off the herd’s calving interval.

Winning the Lily Hill Cup for the best Jersey herd in the competition were the Dickinson family from Doncaster.