Archive: Michael Eavis wins Gold Cup at Livestock Event 2014

Published 7 July 14

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Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis, won the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup at the Livestock Event in Birmingham on 2 July. 

The 230ha unit, which carries the 385-cow Holstein Friesian herd, is managed on a day-to-day basis by husband and wife team John and Pam Taylor with help from a team of four dairy staff. Regular meetings with Michael are used to monitor progress, set targets and develop new ideas. 

The judges, RABDF chairman of judges Lyndon Edwards, NMR Chairman Philip Kirkham and 2011 Gold Cup winner Tom King, described the unit as unique in its building layout and exceptional in the attention to detail. "Positive environmental impact has been achieved through the sympathetic design, while internal layout has ensured that the highest standards of cow health and welfare are met which is being reflected in performance," says Mr Edwards.  

Runners up and recipients of the NMR Silver Salver for the second year in succession are David, Sheila and James Tomlinson who manage the 230-cow Bilsrow Holstein herd from Bilsborrow, Preston in Lancashire. 

The other finalists were:

  • Neil Baker from Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset
  • Darren and Stuart McMurran from Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland  
  • John and Stuart Harvey, Beeswing, Dumfries  
  • Mark Verity, Clitheroe, Lancashire.