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Winners of the NMR RABDF Gold Cup

The NMR RABDF Gold Cup competition has run for over 80 years, with winning farms from across the UK.

Full list Of Gold Cup winners
2018 - Metcalfe Farms
RABDF Chairman and Gold Cup judge Mike King says: “Philip Metcalfe and his team have a very high level of focus in all areas of their dairy business, which has enabled the farm to grow suitability from the results and profits generated, whilst achieving a very high level of health and welfare in the cows and youngstock,” 
2017 - Chris and Rich Norman
Commenting on the Normans’ success, Chairman of the Gold Cup judges Mike King says:
“Chris and Rich have clearly shown that there is more than one way to run a successful and profitable dairy business. Their investment in their dairy unit has allowed them to build a system that best suits their farm situation. And their attention to detail around management and staffing is of the highest level. This has, in turn, led to a very robust business that is able to manage market volatility and one that consistently delivers a profit.”
2016 - Simon Bugler
RABDF chairman, judge and former Gold Cup winner Mike King described Pilsdon Dairy Farm as a progressive and well-run business.
"The Bulgers have a very strong business plan with a clear direction for the future," says Mike King. "This is supported with excellent attention to detail and careful, well thought out cost savings in many areas. It's good to see established health protocols in place and a clear focus on reduced antibiotic use. These are all attributes of professional dairy farming."
2015 Neil Baker
2015 NMR RABDF Gold Cup Winner  - Neil Baker

RABDF chairman and Gold Cup judge, Ian Macalpine said: "Neil Baker demonstrated exceptional qualities as a dairy farmer and his herd shown extraordinary performance despite him expanding his herd in the past 12 months by almost 30% and the high proportion of heifers in milk."
"Neil was examining every aspect and every cost of the business. His sheer determination to tackle herd health issues was impressive and to get the best from his staff, with training and protocols in place. The judges' decision was unanimous to award Neil the Gold Cup."
2014 - Michael Eavis
Worthy Farm Gold Cup Winners 2014


“It takes so much dedication and exacting detail to run the farm to this level,” says Michael Eavis. “My farm staff have a 24hour commitment to excellence and it was so thrilling to have that recognised by the Judges. Holding the solid gold cup, even for 20 minutes, was an indescribable feeling!”
John Taylor, herd manager adds: “Winning the Gold Cup has to be the biggest achievement ever for the dairy herd here and it has given all the staff a huge sense of pride in what they have done. It also motivates all of us to do even better. I view it as the ultimate reward for 40 years’ hard work.”
2013 - The Higgins Family
RABDF chairman Ian Macalpine says of the Higgins family from Wilderley Hall, Pulverbatch, near Shrewsbury:
The Higgins Family - 2013 Gold Cup Winners
"Every aspect, from calf rearing through to the milking herd's routines, is managed with great care and to an exceptional standard. This herd is well bred and well cared for and, as a result, it is performing to a very high level, which is reflected in its production data and its overall lifetime daily yield." 
2013 - The Miller Family
Mike Miller and family from Shanael Farms Ltd, Greville Hall Farm, Evesham, Worcestershire. 
The Miller Family - 2012 Gold Cup Winners
"Winning the Gold Cup is such an achievement for the whole family.  It's the ultimate reward for all their hard work.  Pedigree breeding and stock sales are a large part of what we do, so winning the industry's top prize is a real bonus."

Mike and Shan Miller, and sons Paul and Steven, run the 320-cow Shanael herd on the 336 hectare tenanted unit.
2011 - The King Team
Tom King and family from Vortex Holsteins, Martinstown, Dorchester, Dorset. "It was very humbling to win the NMR RABDF Gold Cup and especially to welcome 730 visitors onto the farm at the Gold Cup open day."
The King Team - 2011 Gold Cup Winners

Tom King is the fourth generation at Church Farm and runs the 120-hectare unit with his father Alan. Since 2000 the herd has more than doubled to its current 300 cows and there are plans to increase to 600 cows by 2015.