Sponsors of the Gold Cup, RABDF and NMR, have announced the six finalists for the 2020 award, which will mark the 100th year of the dairy industry award.
- John & Rachel Downing, The Downing Partnership, Edenbridge, Kent.
- Jonathan Gibbins, Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, Devon.
- Mark Hoskins, Hoskins & Vickery, Hindon, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
- Joe Ives, W&P Ives, Herriard, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
- Mike Sainsbury, RP Sainsbury & Sons, Badminton, Gloucestershire.
- John Torrance, R Torrance & Son, Stapleford Abbotts, Essex.
The Gold Cup, which was first launched in 1920 and recognises dairy business efficiency and acknowledges excellence in the dairy industry, attracted a record-breaking number of entries this year, boosted by the new entry route where producers can be nominated by their discussion or grazing group, or through a designated nominating company where a set of benchmarks should be achieved.
The 2020 Gold Cup judges – Peter Alvis, Somerset-based dairy producer and RABDF chairman; Trevor Lloyd, Anglesey-based producer and NMR chairman; and Philip Metcalfe, North Yorkshire based producer and 2018 Gold Cup winner – will complete the final stage of judging in early 2021.
The winner of the 100th anniversary (and 2020) RABDF NMR Gold Cup will be announced, along with the winners of the Chris May award, the NMR Silver Salver, The Lilyhill Cup and the Chairman’s Cup, as part of Dairy-Tech Online in February 2021.