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Best of Visions: Meet the finalists

Throughout the summer, dairy producers across the country competed to show off their finest genetics for Cogent's Best of Visions contest 2015.

Competition was fierce with entries sent in from across the length and breadth of the UK. Every cow entered had made a significant impact on her owner's herd but in the end, just three farms made it to the final:

JE & J Pye & Son, Gibson Farm, Quernmore, Lancashire

Ask John Pye of Gibson Farm near Quernmore, Lancashire to discuss his herd priorities and without a doubt, breeding functional, long lasting cows with good health traits will be at the top of his list.

The Pye family's passion for the health and welfare of their herd impressed the judges and they stormed the competition with a 16 year old, Meadowstream Ebony Coni daughter, Quernmore Buttercup 120 EX92.



With the announcement of the finalists, Gibson Farm's profile looks set to rise and speaking of their success, John Pye said: "To be shortlisted in the Best of Visions competition is a huge milestone for us. As a family business our ethos is to produce the highest quality product from cows that will last. Buttercup is a firm favourite within the herd; she is a strong, working cow who, even at 16 years old, just keeps on going."

Steven Moore from Byley Hill Farm, Byley, Cheshire

Steven impressed judges with his drive for improved genetics and technology within his herd and he saw off the opposition with a 9th calved, Cogent Design daughter, Danevalley Design Posh EX95, who has been classified EX in seven of her nine lactations.



Speaking of his success, Steven says: "We are continually striving for higher genetic merit and longevity in the herd, so to be announced as a finalist in the Best of Visions competition is a huge honour for both myself and my fantastic team of staff. Quite simply, we used Visions to improve the farm's performance and now we have seen where genetics can be, there is no going back."

Robert Buchanan, Laigh Kilpin, Ballantrae, South Ayrshire

Robert Buchanan of Laigh Kilphin farm in Girvan owns a typical, family run business that ticks all the boxes for modern milk production.

The focus on using the right genetics to breed for type and reliability was clear to the judges and Robert achieved success with a 10 year old, Joylan Roxell daughter, Tintoview Roxell Diana EX94.

 

"Tintoview Roxell Diana is one of our herd favourites, we think she is the best cow we've bred at Laigh Kilphin," says Robert.

"The Visions Programme has given us early access to Cogent's top young sires, allowing our herd's genetics to develop faster with competitively priced semen. We cannot wait for the next stage of the competition."

Going forward, John, Steven and Robert will attend AgriScot on Wednesday 18th November. It will be here, at one of the premier events in UK agriculture, where competition judges, including Mike Miller (from the Shanael Herd), will announce the overall winner and crown the top Cogent Visions daughter of the last 20 years.