Simon Bugler won the NMR RABDF Gold Cup after entering for the first time.
Simon Bugler lifted the NMR RABDF Gold Cup at the Livestock Event yesterday, after entering for the first time.
Farming in partnership with his parents Roland and Heather, Mr Bugler of Pilsdon Dairy Farm, Bridport, Dorset runs the pedigree Holstein Bettiscombe herd of 570 cows and 700 followers.
The herd gave 11,260kg of milk of 3.56 per cent butterfat and 3.1 per cent protein in the qualifying year to September 2015.
Cases of mastitis are said to be low, currently running at 20 per 100 cows and cell counts run at 111,000 cells/ml and bacotscan of 6.
According to the judges, Simon is focused on keeping a herd of cows that combine yield with good fertility and health and his management priorities are set to achieve this.
Mike King, chairman of judges, said: “We awarded the cup to the Buglers as their business was focused across all areas, working to a high level of detail.
“Their overall management and focus on minimising antibiotic usage in the herd was very impressive.
“They have a very clear business plan going for the next ten years, including clear succession roots."
For the second consecutive year, runner-up and recipient of the NMR Silver Salver for the second year running was Brian, Sheila and Michael Yates from East Logan, Castle Douglas who run the Logan herd of 280 pedigree Holsteins cows.
The Chris May Memorial Award for the herd with the highest average lifetime daily yield among Gold Cup qualifying herds went to Nick Cobb from Dorchester, Dorset.