The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has announced that the annual Gold Cup open day will not be going ahead in July due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the event – which draws over a thousand visitors – will take place in Spring 2021.
The July event was due to take place at the Sloan farm in Ayrshire, which was awarded the 2019 Gold Cup prize at this year’s Dairy Tech Event in February. Robert Sloan runs the Townlaw Holstein herd of 180 cows as well as the 60-strong Darnlaw Jersey herd with his parents Bryce and Anne, and wife Emma.
In order to compensate for the cancellation, and celebrate 100 years of the Gold Cup awards, two open days will be held in 2021. The first will be at the Sloan farm on 28th April 2021 and the second will take place at the farm of the 2020 winner during the summer. The 2020 Gold Cup winner will be announced during the 2021 Dairy Tech Event in February.
RABDF managing director, Matt Knight, said:
“It means the celebration of the 100th Gold Cup year will be even greater with two award-winning farms opening their doors for all to visit.
“After a great deal of turmoil in the dairy industry this year, two Gold Cup open days in 2021 will be a welcomed opportunity for farmers to share and learn from each other experiences as well as being a fun day out.”
The Gold Cup first began in 1920 and is one of the most prestigious awards in the UK dairy farming industry, recognising efficiency in commercial milk production.
Entries for the 2020 Gold Cup award will be open from 22nd June – 31st July.
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