Local farmers are cream of the crop

BEST QUALITY MILK   Sean and Donal Conefrey, Moyne, Co. Longford were the Highly Commended runners-up in the 0 � 400,000 litres milk production category of the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards.  The awards recognise dairy farmers who produce the highest quality milk within the entire Lakeland Dairies 700 million litre milk supply base.  They were presented by Ireland East MEP Mairead McGuinness,  Lakeland Dairies Chairman Padraig Young and CEO Michael Hanley. Lakeland Dairies uses the milk it collects from local farms to make a wide range of dairy foodservice and food ingredient products which it exports to 70 countries worldwide.In photo are Left to Right are Michael Hanley, CEO, Lakeland Dairies, Donal Conefrey, Mairead McGuinness MEP, Sean Conefrey and Padraig Young, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.
Two Longford farmers have received a runner up award at this year’s prestigious Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, which were held last week.

Two Longford farmers have received a runner up award at this year’s prestigious Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, which were held last week.

Sean and Donal Conefrey from Moyne clinched the accolade in the 0-400,000 litres milk production category, while James Clarke of nearby Virginia, Co Cavan took the top award in the category. The north Longford brothers have now earned themselves a coveted spot among champion dairy farmers in Monaghan, Longford, Cavan, Down and Fermanagh.

The awards were presented by Mairéad McGuinness MEP, together with Lakeland Dairies Chairman Padraig Young and Chief Executive, Michael Hanley. “The end of EU milk quotas in 2015 will bring with it huge opportunities for dairy farming but also uncertainties and the likelihood of increased volatility in milk price,” said Ms McGuinness. “It will require an even greater focus on the market place and its needs and while dairy farming is a complex business, Irish dairy farming is world class, as exemplified by today’s winners.”