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ABOVE Over 1000 visitors are estimated to have visited the event.


COW FACTS Herd size: 345 cows Daily milk production: 39 litres per day (x3)


Annual milk yield: Litres sold per cow per year is 12,072. SCC: Annual average: 96 Calving interval: 415 days with a voluntary waiting period of 70 days Services per pregnancy: 2.3


twice Chris May Memorial trophy winners added a Gold Cup to their collection. “This year has been a mind blowing year for us as a team,” commented Andrew Higgins. “Following the euphoria of winning the RABDF NMR Gold Cup at the 2013 Livestock Event we set out to showcase our system by putting facts and figures out in the public domain to demonstrate that high-yielding housed Holstein cows can live long, happy, productive lives. This culminated with the open day where all the stock were the stars of the day in our eyes despite being faced with hundreds of people in their space. Going forward we want to maintain our position as one of the best


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1,000 VISITORS


dairy farms in the UK.” Happy, healthy and more importantly, comfy cows were the order of the day; with many visitors listing those three key elements as the stand-out factors from the open day. Well deserved winners of the 2013 Gold Cup, looking into the future, the Higgins’ five year goal is to be able to produce 13,000 litres with 500-600 cows. A great example of how a family working together with such dedication and enthusiasm, and paying enormous attention to detail, can not only develop but also maintain a highly profitable and sustainable dairy farming business to take forward to the next generation.


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