A RECORD number of dairy herds have qualified for the 2024 NMR RABDF Gold Cup through milk recording channels and nominations.

Some 1217 dairy businesses recording with NMR and CIS have made the entry criteria and, with herds that have been nominated, will be invited to enter the competition.

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Herds with accredited milk records meeting the criteria gain automatic entry. Dairy businesses can also be nominated by dairy discussion group leaders or by achieving defined KPIs submitted industry nominations.

A total of 647 NMR recorded herds have met this level, including 193 from south west England, 112 from West Midlands, 63 from the north of England, 82 from Wales, 41 from Ireland and eight from Scotland.

The 2024 Gold Cup winner will be announced at Dairy-Tech in February 2025.