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Dairygold announces overall Milk Quality Award Winner

Dairygold announces overall Milk Quality Award Winner

30th May 2017

Minister recognises Tipperary farmer’s best quality milk

Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Michael Creed presented Tipperary farmer John Walsh with the Overall Dairygold Milk Quality Award for supplying the best quality milk to Dairygold throughout 2016. The award was presented at a special ceremony in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in Cork City on Friday night

 

John farms with his wife Maria and children, Brendan, Claire and Helena near Ballylooby, Cahir, Co Tipperary. They have 110 cows on a milk platform of 53 hectares. They also run a beef enterprise. The Walsh family plan to expand to 150 cows in 2018.

The Awards were based on 2016 milk quality data for all 3,000 Dairygold milk suppliers from across Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.  The judges declared that while all eighteen finalists demonstrated exceptional quality the Walsh farm was an excellent example of what good management and high standards of production can achieve.

Congratulating the Walsh family Dairygold Chairman James Lynch said; “John is an excellent farmer with well-kept facilities and a keen awareness of the importance of hygiene, safety and sustainability.  He is a very deserving winner and we wish John, his wife Maria and their children every success for the future.”

 

As well as the Overall Dairygold Milk Quality Award, there were also awards on the night for the best quality milk in various regions and these were:

 

  • Tipperary regional winners and overall Milk Quality award winners John and Maria Walsh, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
  • Mallow regional winners and second runner up in the Overall Milk Quality category Oliver and Stella Looney, Mourneabbey, Co. Cork
  • Mid Cork regional winners and third overall runners up in the Overall Milk Quality category Thomas and Alice O’Sullivan, Crookstown, Co. Cork
  • Limerick regional winners Timothy and Mary Kennedy, Garrydoolis, Co. Limerick
  • East Cork regional winner Patrick & Mary Aherne, Togher, Co.Cork
  • Mitchelstown regional winners Patrick and Carmel Clancy, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

 

John & Maria Walsh winners of the Dairygold Milk Quality Awards are pictured on their farm at Ballylomasna, Ballylooby, Cahir, Co Tipperary. They have 110 cows on a milk platform of 53 hectares. They also run a beef enterprise. The Walsh family plan to expand to 150 cows in 2018. Photo O’Gorman Photography.