Milk Quality Award Winners

Milk Quality Award Winners 2016

At the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, dairy farmers from both sides of the border won top honours for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farms.  The awards publicly recognise the achievements of Lakeland Dairies milk suppliers who are committed to efficiency and quality in all aspects of their milk production.  

Winning a milk quality award is a deeply impressive achievement where individual dairy farmers have produced the highest quality milk, benchmarked against 2,500 other high quality dairy farmers supplying over 1.1 Billion litres of milk to Lakeland Dairies. The awards were presented by Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and The Gaeltacht, together with Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy  and Chief Executive, Michael Hanley.

  • Kevin McInerney of Pullabawn, Co. Cavan won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award and also won the 500,000+ litres milk production category.  The runner-up in this category was Nicholas Cooney, Tymullen, Monasterboice, Co. Louth.
  • Eamonn Gargan, Mullagh, Kells, Co. Meath, won the 0 – 500,000 litres milk production category, closely followed by runners-up Derek & Daniel Flynn, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath.
  • In the category for New Entrants to Dairy Farming, Ciaran & Kathy Kavanagh, Ballycommon, Tullamore, Co. Offaly won this award for exceptional milk quality.
  • The overall Northern Ireland Milk Quality Award Winner is Rex Wilson, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. The Northern Ireland runners-up are Albert & David McCrea, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone

Congratulating the winners, Minister Humphreys said: 

“The Lakeland Dairies milk quality awards help to showcase the very high standards in the Irish dairy sector, which helps to boost trade of Irish produce in global markets.  Our dairy industry has a very positive reputation worldwide and this is underpinned by our vibrant co-operative sector and by dairy farmers who go the extra mile to ensure quality from farm to fork. In doing so, they are playing a very important role in the rural and regional economy, supporting employment and opportunities in rural communities. I would like to congratulate today's winners and wish Lakeland Dairies and all of its members and milk producers continuing success in the future.”

Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy said:  

“Lakeland Dairies is a market leading global provider of excellent dairy products and we have a very positive reputation developed over many years and decades. We depend entirely on overall quality and reliability across all of the products we supply to world markets.  That process begins with our milk suppliers. Producing the best quality milk requires immense commitment and hard work all year around. These winners show the very high standards that exist across our entire milk supply base and they are to be warmly congratulated.”

Lakeland Chief Executive Michael Hanley said:

“We market a wide range of dairy foodservice and food ingredient products worldwide. With 230 different products, that is nearly 100% of all milk sent to us that we export in the form of value added products.  The first building block in that process is the milk that we collect for processing and we’re fortunate to have very high quality milk suppliers across 15 counties on an all-island basis. The Milk Quality Award winners are exemplary of the very best traditions of excellence in dairy farming.

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LAKELAND DAIRIES SUPREME MILK QUALITY WINNER - Dairy farmer Kevin McInerney of Pullabawn, Co. Cavan won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award for the exceptionally high quality of milk that he supplies to Lakeland Dairies and he also won the 500,000+ litres milk production category (left to right): Alo Duffy, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies; David Gunn, Easyfix; Kevin McInerney; Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and The Gaeltacht; Kevin’s son Conor McInerney and Michael Hanley, Group CEO, Lakeland Dairies.

Dairy farmer Eamonn Gargan, Mullagh, Kells, Co. Meath, won the 0 – 500,000 litres milk production category of the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards for the exceptionally high quality of milk that he supplies to Lakeland Dairies (left to right): Michael Hanley, Group CEO, Lakeland Dairies; Eamonn Gargan; Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and The Gaeltacht, Sheila Heneghan and Alo Duffy, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.

Dairy farmers Ciaran and Kathy Kavanagh, Ballycommon, Tullamore, Co. Offaly won the Best New Entrants to Dairy Farming category in the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards for the exceptionally high quality of milk that they supply to Lakeland Dairies, pictured centre with Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and The Gaeltacht; Michael Hanley, Group CEO (left) and Alo Duffy, Chairman (right) of Lakeland Dairies.

Dairy farmer Rex Wilson and his son Conor, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone are the Overall Winners of the Lakeland Dairies Northern Ireland Milk Quality Awards for the exceptionally high quality of milk supplied from their farm to Lakeland Dairies. Pictured left to right are Conor Wilson; Alo Duffy, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies; Rex Wilson; Heather Humphreys, ROI Minister for Regional Development and Rural Affairs (who presented the awards) and Michael Hanley, Group CEO of Lakeland Dairies.

Milk Quality Award Winners 2015

At the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards Monday 17th August, 2015, dairy farmers from both sides of the border won top honours for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farms.  The awards publicly recognise the achievements of Lakeland Dairies milk suppliers who are committed to efficiency and quality in all aspects of their milk production. 

The awards were presented by Professor Pat Wall of University College Dublin’s School of Public Health and Population Science, together with Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy  and Chief Executive, Michael Hanley.

SUPREME MILK QUALITY AWARD WINNERS:

Ivor Smyth, Countenan, Poles, Cavan, won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award and also won the 0 - 400,000 litres milk production category. Pictured left to right are Alo Duffy, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies; Ivor Smyth; Michael Hanley, CEO Lakeland Dairies; Stephen Smyth, Gary Earls of Easyfix (sponsor) and Professor Pat Wall, University College Dublin.

FAMILY PICTURE - SUPREME MILK QUALITY AWARD WINNERS:

Ivor Smyth, Countenan, Poles, Cavan won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award and also won the 0 - 400,000 litres milk production category. Pictured left to right are Mrs. Roberta Smyth with Jessica,  Amy and Ivor Smyth, Ivor’s brother Stephen Smyth with sons Adam and Stuart and Mr. Robert Smyth.

BEST NEW ENTRANT TO DAIRYING:

Bernard Reilly, Carnaross, Kells, Co. Meath won the award for Best New Entrant to Dairying for the exceptional high quality of milk supplied from his farm, at the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards. Pictured left to right are:  Alo Duffy (Chairman, Lakeland Dairies), Michael Hanley (CEO, Lakeland Dairies), Bernard Reilly and his daughter Aoife with Professor Pat Wall, University College Dublin.

NORTHERN IRELAND MILK QUALITY AWARD WINNER:

The overall Lakeland Dairies Northern Ireland Milk Quality Award Winners are John Smith Snr and John Smith Jnr, Ballyholland, Newry, Co. Down. Pictured left to right are: Alo Duffy (Chairman, Lakeland Dairies), Celia and John Smith (Snr) with their daughter Olive McConville; Michael Hanley (CEO, Lakeland Dairies), Professor Pat Wall, University College Dublin and Paul McConville.

TOP QUALITY DAIRY FARMERS:

Thomas Loughrey, Ballinredra, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath won the 400,000+ litres milk production category of the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards. Pictured left to right are Alo Duffy (Chairman, Lakeland Dairies), Michael Hanley (CEO, Lakeland Dairies), Thomas and Margaret Loughrey and Professor Pat Wall, University College Dublin.

 

Milk Quality Award Winners 2014

At the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards on Monday 7th July, 2014, dairy farmers from both sides of the border won top honours for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farms. The awards publicly recognise the achievements of Lakeland Dairies milk suppliers who are committed to efficiency and quality in all aspects of their milk production.  Winning a milk quality award is an exceptional achievement.

The awards were presented by Professor Pat Wall, of University College Dublin’s School of Public Health and Population Science, together with Lakeland Dairies former Chairman Padraig Young and Chief Executive, Michael Hanley.

0 - 400,000 litres Milk Production Category:

Ambrose Daly, Mullagh, Kells, Co. Meath won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award and also won the 0 - 400,000 litres milk production category.  The runner-up in this category was Sean Coyle, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan. In photo are Left to Right Michael Hanley, CEO, Lakeland Dairies, Niall Callanan, Easyfix Ltd, Ambrose, Margaret and Gavin Daly, Professor Pat Wall, Padraig Young, former Chairman, Lakeland Dairies. 

Northern Ireland Milk Quality Award Winner

The overall Northern Ireland Milk Quality Award Winner is Billy Campbell, Gortin, Omagh, Co Tyrone.  The Northern Ireland runner-up is Peter McConville, Rathfriland, Newry, Co Down. In photo Left to Right are Michael Hanley, CEO, Lakeland Dairies,  with Jonathan, Billy, Valerie and Laura Jane Campbell, Professor Pat Wall, Peter Finnegan, Lakeland Dairies and Padraig Young, former Chairman, Lakeland Dairies. 

400,000+ Litres Milk Production Category

Abbey and Damien McManus of Gurteen, Garadice Co Leitrim won the 400,000+ litres milk production category, closely followed by runners-up Nigel and Alan Cowan Shannow, Ballinagh, Co  Cavan. In photo Left to Right are Michael Hanley, CEO, Lakeland Dairies,  Nigel, Alan and Edwin Cowan, Professor Pat Wall and Padraig Young, former Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.

New Entrants to Dairy Farming

In the category for New Entrants to Dairy Farming, Noel Kennedy of Collinstown, Co. Westmeath won this award for exceptional milk quality. In photo Left to Right are Michael Hanley, CEO, Lakeland Dairies,  Carmel and Noel Kennedy, Professor Pat Wall and Padraig Young, former Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.