Clare famers Patrick and Shona Crotty have been announced as National Finalists in the Quality Milk Awards.
Patrick and his wife Shona, who were nominated by Kerry Agribusiness, live on the most westerly dairy farm in Ireland located on the Loophead peninsula overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way.
Patrick has a son Conor who spends a lot of time with his grandfather, Martin on the farm. They have a passion for rural communities and the importance of farming and of keeping younger generations involved. “Attention to detail is always our main priority. The welfare of the dairy cow is where the great product starts. We take great pride in being the most westerly dairy farm overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way”
The winners were announced in Dublin today with presentations to 14 of Ireland’s top dairy farms by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
The country’s top prize for best quality milk has been awarded to John and Maria Walsh, from Cahir, Co Tipperary who supply their milk to Dairygold Co-op.
The NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards has been running since 1996 and celebrates excellence in Irish dairy farming.
The farmers who are nominated for the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards are representing milk pools of hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dairy farmers in their own co-ops. It is a serious short-listing process for the three judges, Professor Pat Wall from UCD, Dr. David Gleeson (Teagasc) and Dr. Jack Kennedy (Irish Farmers Journal. This year we have introduced Irish chef Clodagh McKenna as the Food Ambassador celebrating the delicious taste and quality of Irish dairy produce both at home and abroad.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said “Irish farming is more than just a business; it is a way of life. Irish farmers learn their craft from their parents and grandparents before them. It is no accident that Irish dairy products are regarded as the best in the world. Irish farmers and their family’s commitment to delivering world class quality milk, day in day out, coupled with our grass based farming systems has enabled us to build successful markets for dairy products around the world”.
For further information and full details on the results from each farm please visit www.qualitymilkawards.ie