The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has announced plans to postpone its annual Gold Cup open day, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was scheduled to take place in July on the farm of Bryce and Robert Sloan, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, winners of the 2019 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup open day, which has historically attracted more than 1,000 visitors, will instead take place in spring 2021 when it is hoped the Covid-19 pandemic will be under control.

The Sloans were awarded the prestigious prize at this year’s Dairy Tech Event in February.

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Robert Sloan (pictured above) runs the 180-cow Townlaw Holstein herd and 60-cow Darnlaw Jersey herd with his parents, Bryce and Anne, and wife Emma.

RABDF is planning to hold two Gold Cup open days in 2021; the 100th year of the Gold Cup Award, making the centenary year even bigger and better.

The 2019 winner's open day will take place on April 28, 2021, with the 2020 winner (which will be announced at the 2021 Dairy Tech event on February 3) taking place in the summer.

RABDF managing director Matt Knight said: “In light of the current pandemic we felt there was no other option than to postpone this year’s event.

“It means the celebration of the 100th Gold Cup year will be even greater with two award-winning farms opening their doors for all to visit.

After a great deal of turmoil in the dairy industry this year, two Gold Cup open days in 2021 will be a welcomed opportunity for farmers to share and learn from each other experiences as well as being a fun day out.

The Gold Cup is the premier national dairy competition, recognising efficiency in commercial milk production. It was first launched in 1920 to acknowledge excellence in the dairy industry.

Entries for the 2020 Gold Cup award are open from June 22 until July 31.