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COGENT CUSTOMERS EXCEL AT CREAM AWARDS

At the fourth annual Cream awards, held on 15th September, Cogent customers were to the fore, picking up four awards in total.

The Cream Awards, which are Dairy Industry Trade Awards were created to recognise some of the brightest, and best businesses and people working across the UK dairy industry.


Sandy Mitchell, Kennetside Heads won the High Yield Farm award. Some impressive results across all key metrics meant that Kennetside Heads stood out for the judges for their solid team approach to health & welfare, impressive calving interval, strong vet support, and production metrics demonstrating stability.

Kennetside Heads are on a Precision DIY contract and are using Cogent's MooMonitor system to their advantage. They have 85 collars which are moved around once heifers are confirmed pregnant. Increased pregnancy rates have been achieved by catching bulling heifers sooner and serving them quicker. With the heifer unit being away from the main dairy unit the system has become invaluable to this farm as heats are not missed anymore.


The High Fertility Farm Award was awarded to Jack Elliott of G & J Elliott from Torrington in Devon. The judges felt there was a strong 'team' element involving the nutritionist, vet and Cogent technician which together helped to make this a highly efficient operator. Exceptional pregnancy rates in excess of 26% were achieved at the 450 cow herd which was also averaging 11,000 litres on 3 times a day milking. With all the staff focused on day-to-day fertility management and a feeling of constant information gathering and analysis, the judges felt this farm had got it cracked.

Another Cogent customer, Mark Moore of Whiteoaks Farming at

Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, was highly commended in this category

 

David Craven of Grosvenor Farms collected the Health & Welfare Award. Grosvenor Farms was the first choice for all the judges who were impressed with every aspect of the business, making it, in their opinion a model farm for the industry. High technology to drive high welfare and impressive calving index helped make it a stand out farm. They were particularly impressed with the focus on getting the right people into the business with the right skills.

Grosvenor Farms have over 1,600 Cogent MooMonitor+ collars and are achieving great results for heat detection, while using the health alerts has saved cows time and the business money. Employees are dealing with problem animals much sooner. With staff on a shift basis this really is the 'Big Brother' system that is continually monitoring every single animal.

 

Grosvenor Farms were also awarded the evening's premier award, The Cream Award, winning the John Beckett Memorial Cup. The judges all concluded this was a 'top drawer' company showing excellence in everything they do. One judge noted Grosvenor Farms demonstrated that there was no inconsistency between modern larger scale farms and the attention to welfare.

 

Iain Couturier, Precision Services Product Manager from Cogent comments: "It is rewarding to see customers winning such high profile industry awards and it is real evidence of how our products and services can make a tangible difference to dairy farm performance and profitability."