Premier Nutrition’s unique TMS system continues to inspire farmers to raise their game in transition management and nutrition. This year’s TMS Awards saw dairy farmers from Scotland to Cornwall achieve higher results than ever before. John and Stuart Harvey of Drum Farm in Dumfries & Galloway were crowned overall winners, having scooped four category awards and then Best TMS Overall Performance 2019.
The ten award categories 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 Andrew Pine, ruminant director at Premier, said the judging was tough this year with transition performance having improved considerably throughout the 2018-19 qualifying period. “We really are seeing a more detailed focus on this critical period. The data generated by our TMS system helps to guide TMS farms on where to make often small changes which are generating significant benefits, both for the health and wellbeing of the cows as they transition, but also reducing financial losses. We had three independent judges to help us arrive at our overall winners, and our decisions were unanimous in each category.”
The winners were:
BEST TMS OVERALL PERFORMANCE 2019
BEST TMS PERFORMANCE AWARD – HERDS MORE THAN 250 COWS
BEST TMS PERFORMANCE – HERDS PRODUCING >10,000KG/COW
BEST TMS UDDER & FOOT HEALTH MANAGEMENT AWARD
BEST TMS FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE (PPL)
Drum Farm: John & Stuart Harvey, 345 cows, based in Dumfries & Galloway.
Feed advisor: Holly Dyer, Tarff Valley Feeds
BEST TMS DRY COW MANAGEMENT
High Plains Farm: Matt Vevers, 399 cows, based in Cumbria.
Feed advisor: Sam Hodgson, Davidsons of Shotts
BEST TMS FRESH COW MANAGEMENT AWARD
The Gaer: Tom Gethin, 860 cows, based in Powys.
Feed advisor: Joss Fawcett, Kite Consulting
TMS FORMULA 24 AWARD +
BEST TMS PERFORMANCE AWARD – HERDS UP TO 250 COWS
Wirswall Farm: Ben Oakley 188 cows, based in Shropshire.
Feed advisor: Phil Jackson, HJ Lea Oakes
BEST TMS NEWCOMER AWARD – herds up to 250 cows
Church Farm: Mark Higgins, 216 cows, based in Wiltshire.
Feed advisor: Trevor Birchall, TB Agri
BEST TMS NEWCOMER AWARD – herds more than 250 cows
Bawhill Farm: Stephen Cope, 1007 cows, based in Shropshire.
Feed advisor: Hefin Richards, Rumenation
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.