Jim Woulfe, Dairygold CEO, Helen, Margaret and Thomas Horan, Cashel, (Tipperary Region Winners & Second in the Overall Competition), with John O'Gorman, Chairman Dairygold. Photo O'Gorman Photography
Dairygold milk supplier, Thomas Horan from Cashel has been declared regional winner of the 2017 Dairygold Milk Quality Awards.
The award presentation took place in Mallow recently, where Thomas and his wife Margaret won the Tipperary regional award for consistently supplying the best quality milk to Dairygold throughout 2017.
They later went on to be awarded overall 2nd place runner up on the night.
The Horans milk 123 cows on their farm in Price’s Lot, Cashel.
The judges declared that while all three finalists in the region demonstrated exceptional quality the Horan family farm was an excellent example of what good management and high standards of production can achieve. They praised the Horan’s high milk solids output of 500kgs and keen focus on labour saving technologies and health and safety.
The runners up in the Tipperary regional awards were Thomas Ryan, New Inn, and Matt McEniry, Outrath, Cahir.
Dairygold Chairman John O’Gorman stated: “Our Milk Quality Awards are a very special night where our producers are at the heart of the occasion and celebrated for their achievements.
As a dairy processor, Dairygold is constantly emphasising the importance of milk quality and to me what better way to reinforce the message than by recognising and rewarding best performance and practice across our supplier base.
“The ethos of continuous improvement that we strive to instil within the organisation is very much evident across our milk supply base which is reflected in the €4.3 million in quality bonus payments to milk suppliers through the Balanced Scorecard last year.”
The awards were based on 2017 milk quality data for all 2,900 Dairygold milk suppliers, taking account of milk solids, farm facilities and animal husbandry.
A shortlist was drawn up of three suppliers from each of the six Dairygold regions. These 18 finalists underwent adjudication by two independent judges Dr. Karina Pierce, University College Dublin and Don Crowley, Teagasc dairy specialist.
The judges visited all 18 shortlisted farms to review their farm enterprises first hand.
The review takes account of Milk Quality, Dairy Facilities, Herd Health and Welfare, Sustainability and General Efficiencies and Farm Health and Safety. The Judges chose six regional winners and the overall winner was announced on the night.
The overall winner on the night was Kevin Downing from Whitechurch, Co. Cork while Thomas Horan from Cashel, and Timothy Roche from Dripsey, Co. Cork came overall runners up.
Guest speaker on the night was Professor Thia Hennessy, Dean of Cork University Business School, who gave an insightful address on Cork University Business School, its plans and ambitions and the long-established association between UCC and Dairygold.