The British Grassland Society (BGS)’s 2018 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition has been won by dairy farmer Richard Rogers of Tre Ifan Farm in Anglesey.
The herd of 350 NZ cross-bred spring calving cows, only established five years ago, generates 4,099 litres of its average yield of 5,349 litres/cow/year from forage. “Growing 14.3 tonnes of grass dry matter, achieving a 93% six-week in-calf rate and exceptional milk yields from forage, have all contributed to making this a really top class unit,” said the judges.
Runners-up were John Egerton of Lisnavoe Farm, County Fermanagh and Chris Brake of Church Farm, Somerset. Mr Egerton’s beef and sheep enterprise was commended for its highly efficient paddock grazing system and increased stocking rate through pasture improvement.
Mr Brake’s 400-cow dairy unit, predominantly autumn-calving with a small spring-calved block, seeks achieved 3,727 litres/cow/year from forage from an average yield of 8,598 litres/cow.
The BGS Grassland competition and awards evening are jointly sponsored by Yara and DLF Seeds.