Kildare Dairy Farmer crowned Lakeland Supreme Milk Quality Award Winner

Kildare Dairy Farmer crowned Lakeland Supreme Milk Quality Award Winner

A dairy farmer from Donadea in north Co. Kildare has been crowned the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award Winner. Andrew and Miriam Bennett emerged as the cream of the crop from among 2,500 milk producers supplying a total of 1.2 Bn litres of milk annually to Lakeland Dairies, across 15 counties north and south.

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.

The awards were presented by Business Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Heather Humphreys T.D., together with Lakeland Dairies’ Chairman Alo Duffy and Group CEO, Michael Hanley at a special ceremony held in Cavan. Winning a milk quality award is a major achievement. Awards were presented in a number of categories.

Winners:

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Supreme Milk Quality Awards  - Andrew and Miriam Bennett, Donadea, Co Kildare, won the 500,000+ Litres milk production category and were also crowned Supreme Milk Quality Awards Winners. Pictured (L-R) Michael Hanley, Chief Executive of Lakeland Dairies, Miriam Bennett, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD, Andrew Bennett, Alo Duffy, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies and David Gunn, Easyfix.

Winston and Jonathan Morrison of Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, were the overall runners-up the 500,000+ litres milk production category for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farm, pictured centre with Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D.,  Michael Hanley, CEO and Alo Duffy, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies.

Frank and Mary Evans Stranooden Co. Monaghan, won the 0 – 500,000 litres milk production category, for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farm, pictured centre with son Conor, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., Michael Hanley, CEO (left) and Alo Duffy (right) Chairman of Lakeland Dairies.

Byrd, Kilnaleck Co Cavan, was the overall runner-up in the 0 – 500,000 litres milk production category for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on his farm, pictured centre with his daughter Caoimhe, Michael Hanley, CEO (left) and Alo Duffy (right) Chairman of Lakeland Dairies.

John & Conor Spollen from Glasson, Athlone Co. Westmeath were named the Best New Entrants to Dairy Farming for the exceptionally highquality of milk produced on their farm. Conor received the award together with his mother Hazel pictured (centre) with Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys T.D.,Michael Hanley , CEO (left) and Alo Duffy, Chairman (right) of Lakeland Dairies.

Derek Dunn, Donemana, Co. Tyrone was named the Best New Entrant to Dairy Farming in Northern Irelandfor the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on his  farm, pictured centre with Michael Hanley, CEO; Colin Kelso, Vice (left) and Alo Duffy, Chairman (right, of Lakeland Dairies.

At the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, Sam and John McCormick Bangor, Co. Down, won the 1M+ litres milk production category for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farm. John and Patricia McCormick (centre) are pictured with Michael Hanley, CEO; Colin Kelso, Vice-Chairman (left) and Alo Duffy, Chairman (right, of Lakeland Dairies.

Ivan and David Dunwoody Milford, Co. Armagh, were the overall runners-up in the 1M+ litres milk production category for the exceptionally highquality of milk produced on their farm.  The Dunwoody family Linda, David, Ivan, Jonathan and Annabelle are pictured with Lakeland Dairies’ CEO Michael Hanley (centre); Colin Kelso, Vice Chairman (left) and Alo Duffy, Chairman (right).

Martin Lappin, Tynan, Co. Armagh, won the 0 – 1M litres milk production category for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on hisfarm. L-R Colin Kelso, Vice Chairman with Michael Hanley, CEO of Lakeland Dairies; Martin Lappin, Maureen Lappin and Alo Duffy, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.

 

At the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards William and Alec McCullough, Hollywood, Co. Down were the overall runners-up in the 0 - 1M litres milk production category for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farm.  Pictured L-R: Colin Kelso, Vice-Chairman; Alec McCullough with CEO Michael Hanley, William McCullough, Faith McCullough and Lakeland Dairies’ Chairman, Alo Duffy.

Congratulating the winners, Minister Humphreys said:

Over the next five years, Ireland will continue to be among the world’s fastest growing dairy producers as a global leader in terms of the safety, sustainability and traceability of our production from family farms, through our processing facilities and onwards to consumers in markets across the world. The winners of these awards are exemplary because, through their dedication and commitment, they are supporting our country’s justified and hard earned worldwide reputation for quality. Based on these achievements, I am confident that we will continue to be competitive and successful and I congratulate all of the members of Lakeland Dairies for the great progress that is being achieved by this farmer owned co-operative.

Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy said:

The milk quality awards are a source of great pride because they centre on excellence in dairy farming. The markets that we deal with are largely demand led, with multiple supply channels for customers and consumers to choose from.  They want products that are safely, securely and sustainably produced and we need to be able to verify that this is the case to the satisfaction of our international customers. The milk we collect for processing, produced from pasture fed herds on family owned farms, is the high quality raw material on which we have built our reputation as a global dairy provider.

Lakeland Chief Executive Michael Hanley said:

Lakeland Dairies’ milk producers are well placed to cater for global dairy demand as a result of the overall efficiency and sustainability of our production and processing systems. We have made strategic investments to create the scale and flexibility that are necessary to compete successfully on a worldwide basis. The quality of our dairy farmers and the milk that they supply to us is simply world class. That is what underpins our opportunity for future growth as a farmer owned co-operative exporting 240 different dairy products and food ingredients to customers in 80 countries worldwide