Scots take Gold Cup
WINNERS of this years NMR/RABDF Gold Cup are north-east Scotland producers Dean and Andrew Anderson.
The father and son farm at Mayne, Elgin, Morayshire, where their black-and-white herd is currently yielding 12,600kg on three-times-a-day milking. Four-times-a-day milking is being considered for the top 20% of the herd after a new 28-point rotary parlour is installed.
All milk goes to the farms retail plant, and the herd is expanding from 100 to 250 cows to fulfil demand and replace the 6000 litres bought-in each day.
Runner-up in the competition is Cumbria producer David Inman, who runs his 60-cow Witherslack herd at Grange-over-Sands with his twin sons Gavin and Wayne.
The predominantly home-bred herd produced 11,000kg in the qualifying year at 3.91% fat and 3.33% protein on three-times-a-day milking. Cell count was the lowest of all 14 regional finalists at 47,000 cells/ml, and the herd was also judged as one of the best on inspection points.
Regional winners are John Clay and Partner, Ellesmere, Shropshire; Robert and Linda Tarver, Worcs; WH Ley, Tuborough Farm, Holsworthy, Devon; CD May, Shute Farm, Warminster, Wilts; JW and M Dennison, Scales Park Farm, Ulverston, Cumbria; and Dixon Smith (Lyons), Keythorpe Lakes, Tugby, Leics. Scottish nominations were Dean Anderson and Peter Bull, Coopon Carse Farm, Newton Stewart, Dumfries.