Premier Nutrition’s unique Transition Management System (TMS) continues to inspire farmers to raise their management standards. This year’s TMS Awards saw dairy farmers from Scotland to Cornwall achieve higher results than ever before.  Matthew and Robert Wills of Pawton Dairies in Cornwall were crowned overall winners, winning two category awards and Best TMS Performance 2018.

The nine awards cover fresh and dry cow management, the performance of large and small herds and measure health and productivity parameters. Judging is based on the past year’s TMS data and a presentation by each farm’s nutrition advisor. 

Dr Alastair Macrae of the Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was a member of the judging panel. He says, “Judging was tough. All the nominated farms were outstanding, and a credit to their staff in their management and attention to detail. Marking is done independently, but the judges’ decisions were unanimous in each category.”

Managing the transition into lactation successfully is critical to cow health and productivity; poor transition is costly. Dr Andrew Pine, Premier Nutrition’s Ruminant Director, stresses the importance of good management and how TMS helps farmers improve health and productivity outcomes: “Poor transition is costing the industry thousands of pounds a year, the biggest costs coming from mastitis and cows being culled in the first 100 days of lactation. TMS allows us to drill down and establish which part of transition is causing individual farms the biggest issue and how to overcome it. The continued improvement we’re seeing in TMS results reflects farmers eagerness to master this critical period.”

TMS is a free on-farm monitoring service provided by Premier Nutrition, recording and evaluating
key parameters impacting on cow health and performance during the transition period.  The
TMS report provides practical insight into what is happening and guidance on future
management of dry and fresh transition cows.

Category winners:

BEST TMS DRY COW MANAGEMENT AWARD

Newlands Farm: David Millar 180 cows, based in South Lanarkshire.

Feed advisor: John Rogers, Davidsons of Shotts

BEST TMS FRESH COW MANAGEMENT AWARD

Tresowes Farm: Mark Rowe 220 cows, based in Cornwall.

Feed advisor: Trevor Birchall, TB Agri

BEST TMS PERFORMANCE AWARD – HERDS UP TO 250 COWS

New Leys Farm: Phillip Dunn 130 cows, based in North Yorkshire.

Feed advisor: Chris Lyth

BEST TMS PERFORMANCE AWARD – HERDS MORE THAN 250 COWS

Pawton Dairies: Matthew & Rob Wills 1500 cows, based in Cornwall.

Feed advisor: Trevor Birchall, TB Agri

BEST TMS UDDER & FOOT HEALTH MANAGEMENT AWARD

Hard Head Farm: Andrew & Alison Holgate 130 cows, based in North Yorkshire.

Feed advisor: Steve Caldwell, SC Nutrition & Grass Science

BEST TMS NEWCOMER AWARD

Drum Farm: Stuart Harvey 295 cows, based in Dumfriesshire.

Feed advisor: Holly Dyer, Davidsons of Shotts

BEST TMS PERFORMANCE – HERDS PRODUCING >10,000KG/COW

Pawton Dairies: Matthew & Rob Wills 1500 cows, based in Cornwall.

Feed advisor: Trevor Birchall, TB Agri

BEST TMS FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (PPL)

Inch of Arnhall Farm: James Stephens 324 cows, based in Angus.

Feed advisor: Lauren Frew, Davidsons of Shotts

TMS FORMULA 24 AWARD

Wirswall Farm: Ben Oakley 160 cows, based in Shropshire.

Feed advisor: Phil Jackson, HJ Lea Oakes

BEST TMS PERFORMANCE 2018

Pawton Dairies: Matthew & Rob Wills 

TMS Winners
Back row, left to right:
Andrew Holgate (Hard Head Farm), Philip Dunn (New Leys Farm), Mark Rowe (Tresowes Farm), Rob Wills (Pawton Dairies), Sir AP McCoy OBE, the after-dinner VIP speaker, David Miller (Newlands Farm), Ben Oakley (Wirswall Farm), John Harvey (Drum Farm)
Front row, left to right:
Alison Holgate, Megan Wood (New Leys Farm), Jane Rowe, Faye Wills, Lauren Frew & Holly Dyer from Davidsons of Shotts (on behalf of James Stephens)