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Buttercup proves she is cream of the crop in Best of Visions competition

When John Pye of Gibson Farm, Quernmore, Lancashire decided to enter his 16 year old cow, Quernmore Buttercup 120 into Cogent's Best of Visions competition, the judges were full of praise for his system and management style.

So it really was no surprise that, when John was shortlisted into the next stage of competition, he quickly fought off tough opposition and was crowned the overall winner at AgriScot 2015.
The Cogent Best of Visions competition aimed to celebrate 20 years of the most robust progeny testing programme available in the UK and throughout the summer, the search was on to find the top the top daughter born since its launch.

Buttercup, a Meadowstream Ebony Coni daughter, thoroughly impressed judges as a strong, long lasting cow with a desire to milk and John was presented with top honours at Scotland's premier agricultural event yesterday.

Speaking after the announcement, John said: "To be announced the winner of the Best of Visions competition is a real honour."

"Seventeen years ago, we purchased ten straws and Buttercup is the last left in the herd which is a true testimony to both her and Cogent.

Quite simply, Buttercup sums up the vision of a good, hardworking cow. At 15 she was classified EX92 and even now she has a one track mind to just keep on milking. She really is the family pet and we could not be more proud."

Judge, Mike Miller (from the Shanael Herd), said: "Picking an overall winner was a tough decision as all the finalists demonstrated great ability and improvement in their owner's herd. However, you cannot get away from the fact that Buttercup has given an awful lot of milk over the years and her ability to keep getting back in calf is fantastic. She has truly earned the title of top Visions daughter."


Left to right: Mike Miller, Jane Pye and John Pye