The Dairygold Milk Quality Awards
THE LIMERICK region winner of the Dairygold Milk Quality Awards is Pallasgreen’s Timmy Ryan - and it would be no surprise to see his sons win it in the future.
The award was presented at a ceremony in Springfort Hall last Thursday. Judges declared that while all eighteen finalists demonstrated exceptional quality the Ryan farm was “an excellent example of what good management and high standards of production can achieve”.
Timmy farms 100 acres with wife Therese and twin sons Brendan and Raymond. Timmy milks 80 cows and plans to expand to 100. He rears his own replacements and dry stock.
The twins both intend to go full-time dairy farming. Brendan is training as a farm manager after completing his studies in Pallaskenry Agricultural College. While Raymond is studying dairy business in UCD.
In congratulating the Ryans, Dairygold chairman, James Lynch said: “Timmy Ryan is an excellent farmer with well-kept facilities and a keen awareness of the importance of hygiene, safety and sustainability. He is a very deserving winner and we wish Timmy, Therese and their sons every success for the future.”
The awards were based on 2015 milk quality data for all 3,000 Dairygold milk suppliers, taking account of milk quality, dairy facilities, herd health and welfare, sustainability and general efficiencies, farm health and safety.
Eighteen finalists made up of three each from the six Dairygold regions underwent adjudication by two independent judges, Dr Karina Pierce, University College Dublin and Dan Crowley, Teagasc dairy specialist.
The Ryans weren’t the only local winners on the night. The hard work and attention to detail of John and Anne Hennessy, Kilross and Patrick Barry, Pallasgreen was also marked as regional finalists.