Ask John Pye of Gibson Farm near Quernmore 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.
It is therefore not surprising that John’s drive to build a dairy herd that stands the test of time has seen him reach the shortlist of a national contest that celebrates the cream of genetics.
The Cogent Best of Visions competition aimed to celebrate 20 years of the most robust and successful progeny testing programme available in the UK. Throughout the summer, Cogent staged a nationwide search to find the top daughter born from Visions and farms throughout the country competed to show off the best of their herd.
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 said: “To be announced as a finalist in the Best of Visions competition is a huge milestone for the family.
“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, hard working cow who, even at 16 years old, just keeps on going.
“We are all absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the finalists and we cannot wait for the next stage of the competition.”
John and the two other finalists will attend AgriScot on November 18, where competition judges will announce the overall winner and crown the top Cogent Visions daughter of the last 20 years.