Top Twenty Dairy Farms Revealed

The top 20 farms, shortlisted for this years’ Ice Robotics sponsored, AgriScot Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year Award have been announced.

The top 20 list, revealed by independent assessor, Donald Millar – a member of the management team from Trailflat, Lochmaben, the 2016 Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year – was compiled by Mr Millar following detailed analysis of performance data from every milk recorded dairy farm in Scotland. Mr Millar was only given access to the raw data, without sight of any names or addresses.

Mr Millar stated:

“This was a truly difficult task. There are a great many factors that I had to consider, and it is certainly not all about yield.”

“Basically, the top 20 list consists of dairy farms at the top of their game in terms of the factors which influence overall business performance. I paid particular attention to age at first calving, calving index, herd longevity and somatic cell count.”

Average herd size for the top 20 stands at 460 cows, reflecting the increasing size of all dairy herds.  Notable other figures for the top 20, as a whole, include an average age at first calving of 25.2 months, calving index of 392 days, and an average milk yield of 10666 litres at 3.88%bf. and 3.22%protein. Across the top 20 herds, almost 10% of cows completed their 5th. or later lactations.  The top 20 also contained an above average proportion of EX and VG cows.

“The figures for all of the top 20 point to farms with well managed and happy cows, and I now look forward to meeting the people and cows behind the figures, in September, when I visit the top 4 farms.”

Details of the top 4 farms will be released in September prior to their on-farm inspection by Donald Millar.

The final award placing announcement and presentations will take place at AgriScot on Wednesday 15thNovember.

Business NameFarmBreedCows
Alderston FarmingAlderston MainsHaddingtonEast LothianJersey313
J & W BaillieHillhead of CovingtonBiggarLanarkshireHolsteins277
R & L BarronDarrahillUdnyAberdeenshireHolsteins291
A Colquhoun Ltd.DendoldrumInverbervieKincardineshireHolsteins695
Robert WallaceCraigley FarmGelstonKirkcudbrightshireHolsteins594
Robert D FlemingHillheadKirkpatrick FlemingDumfriesshireHolsteins276
Wm. Hamilton & SonMeldrumBlairdrummondStirlingHolsteins789
M/S HarveyDrum FarmBeeswingDumfriesshireHolsteins322
KSH Farmers Ltd.KennetsideheadsEcclesBerwickshireHolsteins1096
Lakehead Farming CoLakehead FarmCloseburnDumfriesshireHolsteins523
I MarrCultercullenUdnyAberdeenshireHolsteins240
Fergus McDowallRerrick FarmDundrennanKirkcudbrightshireHolsteins1000
R & J McDonaldKelloe MainsDunsBerwickshireHolsteins782
Mrs J C McLeanMains of CulshNewdeerAberdeenshireHolsteins187
T & C OwenPotstownLockerbieDumfriesshireHols/Jer229
Slagnaw Farming Co.SlagnawCastle DouglasKirkcudbrightshireHolsteins526
Firm of J B SloanPanlandsJohnstone BridgeDumfriesshireHolsteins213
University of EdinburghLanghill FarmRoslinMidlothianHols/Nor247
T & A WadsworthBig BalcraigWhaphillNewton StewartHolsteins322
Brian G YatesEast LoganCastle DouglasKirkcudbrightshireHols/Jer284
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