A Longford farmer has been shortlisted for the NDC/Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
John Payne, Torboy, Moydow has been chosen alongside eight other farmers nationally, to represent their respective counties in the prestigious competition, the final of which takes place on October 11 next.
Mr Payne won the overall Connacht Gold Milk Quality Award earlier this year after beating off stiff competition during his campaign. The Moydow man is a new entrant to dairy farming and won the top accolade after competing against 1,000 other suppliers from across 10 counties. He was presented with his award in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim last June. He farms 150 acres at Torboy, Moydow and converted from sucklers and sheep to dairying just two years ago. He is currently milking 105 cows and his herd held an average yield was 6,000 litres (1,300 gals) per cow in 2011, with 4.17 percent butterfat, 3.42 percent protein and 4.67 percent lactose
This year, Dairygold has entered a supplier for the NDC/Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards for the first time in four years, so no doubt the stakes will be high among the judging panel, Prof Paddy Wall, UCD; Dr David Gleeson, Teagasc and Dr Jack Kennedy, Irish Farmers Journal.
Finalists include, David Cassidy, Cootehill, Co Cavan; Danny and Patrick Cremin, Newcastlewest, Co Lemerick; Noel Collins, Leap, Co Cork; Robert Groves, Ballyackey, Tralee, Co Kerry; Patrick Guinan, Moate, Co Westmeath; Anne Maria Keane and Patrick Cotter, Listowel, Co Kerry; John Payne, Moydow, Longford; Merie Tanner, Coachford, Co Cork and it is expected that the results will be announced in five or six weeks’ time.