Picture – Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Awards – Dairy farmers Alan and Catherine Doak, Omagh, Co. Tyrone won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award. The Doaks also won the 0 - 1 Million litres Northern Ireland milk production category, for the exceptional quality of their milk supply to Lakeland Dairies. Alan received the award from Mairead McGuiness MEP, Michael Hanley, left, CEO, Lakeland Dairies and Alo Duffy, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies, right.
At the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Awards, dairy farmers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were honoured 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 quality in all aspects of their milk production.
Winning a milk quality award is a truly excellent achievement. The winners emerged from among 3,200 farm families who produce milk for the 1.8bn Lakeland Dairies milk pool.
The awards were presented by Mairead McGuinness MEP (Vice-President of the European Parliament), with Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy and Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hanley at a special event on Friday 28th June.
Supreme Milk Quality Award Winner
Alan and Catherine Doak, Omagh, Co. Tyrone won the Lakeland Dairies Supreme Milk Quality Award. The Doaks also won the 0 - 1 Million litres Northern Ireland milk production category, for the exceptional quality of their milk supply to Lakeland Dairies.
Milk Quality Award Winners
John Anthony McNally of Drumroo Farm, Drumrooghill, Lisnalong, Co. Monaghan, won the 500,000+ litres milk production category. The runner-up in this category was John Malone, Walshestown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
David Boyd and Trevor Keith from Glaslough, Co Monaghan won the 0 – 500,000 litres milk production category, closely followed by runner-up Patrick Reilly, Cammagh, Moyne, Co. Longford.
Peter Robinson from Ballinagore, Co. Westmeath, won the Sustainability Category of the awards for outstanding commitment to sustainable milk production, based on measures including carbon footprint, biodiversity, water management and milk quality results.
Iain McLean, Bushmills, Co. Antrim - represented at the awards by sons Matthew and John - won the 1 Million+ litres milk production category. The runners-up in this category were The Johnston Family, represented by Stephen Johnston and his son Isaac, Ballinamallard, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
Alan and Catherine Doak, Omagh, Co. Tyrone won the 0 - 1 Million litres category and were also crowned Supreme Milk Quality Award Winners. Alan received the award together with his son James.
The overall Runners-up in the 0 - 1 Million litres milk production category were Sean and Padraig McKee, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim.
In the category for New Entrants to Dairy Farming, Ciaran Boylan, Shercock, Co. Cavan and Ian McClelland Banbridge, Co. Down both won awards for exceptional milk quality.
Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy paid tribute to all of the award winners:
"Winning a quality award is something really special. The awards symbolise many years of commitment and hard work in achieving the highest possible standards of milk production including sustainability, hygiene, animal health and overall care for the environment.
As a globally focused dairy exporter, we continuously provide reassurance to our customers about the quality of our products, with systems that trace quality throughout the food chain. Our farmers and the litre of milk are the first building blocks in that process. The winners here today understand these requirements. I express my admiration and pride to all of the winners in the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards."
Lakeland Dairies Group CEO, Michael Hanley said:
"Lakeland Dairies is proud to put the work of our farmers at the centre of our business and we are delighted to be able to reward and recognise their commitment to excellence at our Milk Quality Awards.
We’re all working in a deeply competitive and globalised marketplace. To succeed in that environment, you need to be able to differentiate yourself based on your reputation and the quality of what you do.
Lakeland Dairies is achieving this through the excellence and distribution of our value-added dairy products, the technological capability of our processing facilities and the high quality of our milk pool from our farmers.
Our customers worldwide demand these high standards and our dairy farmers are meeting this requirement. This will ensure sustainably built success buoyed by the scale and efficiency of Lakeland Dairies where we will continue to support our farmers into the future."
Mairead McGuinness MEP said:
"Ireland has the capacity to meet the demand for safe, traceable and nutritious wholesome food, produced in a sustainable way. The world population is growing and so too is the demand for food of high quality. These awards recognise excellence in quality milk production. I congratulate the award-winning milk suppliers of Lakeland Dairies for their commitment to excellence and I wish Lakeland Dairies and all of its members continuing success in the future."