COUNTY Limerick farmers almost win the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards two years in a row.
Last year Michael and Thomas Enright, from Ballynorth, Askeaton won the competition described as the “Liam McCarthy of farming”.
This week Danny and Patrick Cremin, from Ballintubber, Newcastle West were announced as runners up in the national awards.
They were also presented with the top award for a spring milk herd and a prize of €2,500. Fittingly nine-time All-Ireland winner, Henry Shefflin, presented the awards in the RDS yesterday. He was a cat that got the cream against Galway, this time he was presenting the cup for milk and cream.
The competition sets out to highlight and reward Irish dairy farming excellence of which there is no shortage of in County Limerick.
Danny and Patrick, two brothers who are farming in partnership, supply milk to Kerry Agribusiness.
Danny originally developed his own farm nearby in 2002 with his own quota, while Patrick had been farming with their father, Donie.
When Donie retired in 2008, the two brothers decided to farm in partnership on one larger farm.
This farm was originally mixed including a suckler beef enterprise, however in the past two years Danny and Patrick decided to focus entirely on dairying.
They now have a combined herd of 176 dairy cows on the 175 acre farm.
Danny are Patrick are firm believers in grass based dairy farming.
“It is the most natural way to farm dairy cows, with minimum inputs or external additives,” they say. And this award proves, it is working well.
As well as running one of the top farms in the country they somehow find the time to line-out with Killeedy GAA Club.