Dairy farmer Nicholas Cooney, Tymullen, Monasterboice, was overall runner-up in the 500,000+ litre milk production category of the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards for the exceptionally high quality of milk that he supplies to Lakeland Dairies.
The awards publicly recognise the achievements of Lakeland Dairies milk suppliers.
The awards were presented by Heather Humphreys Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and The Gaeltacht, together with Lakeland Dairies chairman Alo Duffy and chief executive, Michael Hanley.
“Our dairy industry,” Minister Humphreys said, “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 chief executive Michael Hanley said the Milk Quality Award proacice the very best traditions of excellence in dairy farming.