Monaghan farming family win Lakeland Milk Quality Awards

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A County Monaghan dairy farming family have been named supreme champions of the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, which recognize the highest quality milk production.

The awards were presented by Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue, alongside Lakeland Dairies Chairman Niall Mathews and Group Chief Executive Michael Hanley yesterday (June 23). Speaking at the awards ceremony, Minister McConalogue said:

“Producing high quality milk does not happen overnight. It’s a lifetime achievement and the result of a commitment to excellence every time you walk into the salon.

“I congratulate all of the farming families at Lakeland Dairies who are behind an extremely impressive cross-border operation,” he added.

William and Alan Nicholson of Drumacrib in Castleblayney won first place at the event for ‘the outstanding quality of the milk produced on their farm over the past year’.

They also won first place in the category of producers > 500,000 liters in the Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, the finalists in this category were Richard and Joan Greene who run a dairy business in Killeen, Multyfarham in County Westmeath.

In the >500,000l category, Sean Higgins of Trim in Co. Meath was announced as the winner, while Michael Smith of Lishenry in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan was a highly commended finalist.

In the sustainability category of the awards, Rosemary and David Moran, a dairy farming couple from Glasson at Athlone Co. Westmeath, were the winners, for their commitment to the environmental and economic stability of dairy farming.

Northern Ireland Awards

As a cross-border cooperative, the winners of the Northern Ireland division were also announced at the event.

In the >1million liter category, John Morrow and Scott Davidson from Gilnahirk in County Down were announced as the winners, while Fred and David Liggett, a farming family from Stewartstown in Dungannon, County Tyrone , were congratulated as finalists.

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Speaking at the event, President Niall Mathews congratulated everyone who participated in the awards.

“Dairy farmers produce the 2 billion liters of safe milk that we use to create a diverse line of dairy products for our customers around the world. Dairy farming crosses generations, creating a livelihood for families while contributing to rural economic development and environmental sustainability.

“I congratulate all of our dairy farmers for their accomplishments and for their continued excellent contribution to our farmer-owned dairy cooperative,” he concluded.

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