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Dairygold announces overall Milk Quality Award Winner
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: