29 September 1995

Milking trials row

CATTLE breeders may boycott next years dairy farming event in protest at a decision to scrap the milking trials.

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers president Lord Rayleigh said the decision to drop the trials was "an attempt to bring the cattle classes bang-up-to-date".

"It is time to move to more appropriate classes for the 21st century," he said.

Event organiser Richard Salisbury said a total performance evaluation – based on lifetime production, inspection and genetic index – would be introduced.

But Guernsey breeder and milking trial exhibitor Digby Gribble said the decision had alienated supporters. "Many exhibitors will not come to the show next year if the RABDF goes ahead with its plans," he warned.

Winner of this years two-day milking trials, Richard Lawson, said it was doubtful whether he would attend next years event if the trials were dropped.