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Entries open for Gold Cup dairy competition

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Entries at the moment are open for the 2020 NMR RABDF Gold Cup competition, which this yr celebrates its centenary.

The award, which was launched in 1920, recognises dairy enterprise effectivity and has been received by among the nation’s most influential dairy farmers.

Dairy companies are eligible for entry by means of 4 routes: two give computerized qualification based mostly on official milk recording information and assembly both standards for all year-round calving herds or for spring or autumn block calving herds (see field: standards for entry).

Herds will also be nominated by their dialogue or grazing group, or by means of a chosen nominating firm the place a set of benchmarks needs to be achieved.

How to enter

Entrants should full a complete on-line software that can ask for background on the dairy enterprise together with manufacturing, administration and monetary particulars, environmental schemes and future plans.

Applications should be submitted by 31 July 2020 for overview by a judging panel. A shortlist of finalists will go on to the subsequent spherical. That will contain a farm inspection later in 2020.

The winner of the 2020 NMR RABDF Gold Cup will probably be introduced at Dairy-Tech on 3 February 2021. An open day will then happen on the successful farm in summer season 2021.

More particulars in regards to the award and the best way to enter might be discovered on the RABDF web site

Criteria for entry

In all circumstances, herds getting into the Gold Cup 2020 ought to have met the next standards within the 12 months to September 30, 2019:

  • More than 100 cows/heifers with qualifying lactations within the milking herd
  • Annual somatic cell rely common of 200,000 cells/ml or much less, or 250,000 cells/ml for natural herds
  • Minimum £PLI worth particular to the breed or minimal £SCI or £ACI worth.

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