A finalist three times, Mr Baker milks 1,800 Holsteins which average 11,772kg at 3.62 per cent fat and 3.25 per cent protein on three times a day milking.
The family owned farm now extends to 692ha and recent investments to improve efficiency include a pipeline for liquid manure and an aerobic digester which is soon to be completed.
The herd has an average SCC of 125,000/ml, a Bactoscan of 30 and has reduced mastitis cases by 20 per cent in the last 12 months. The calving index is 385 days, the average age at first calving is 23 months and 57 per cent of cows are in-calf within 100 days of their lactation.
Runner up was Brian Yates from East Logan, Castle Douglas, who manages his 277 cow Holstein herd with his wife, Sheila, son, Michael and daughter, Anna, with herdsman, Trevor Hough and farm worker, Leslie Crank.
The all year round calving herd averages 11,707kg of milk at 3.97 per cent butterfat and 3.13 per cent protein on three times a day milking. Average cell count is 108,000 cells/ml and in-calf rate 100 days post calving stands at 65 per cent.
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.
His 742 cow Holstein herd achieved a lifetime daily yield of 18.99kg of milk a day. The herd’s average milk yield is 12,915kg at 3,59 per cent fat and 3.07 per cent protein.