The national competition known as ‘The Sam Maguire’ of farming has shortlisted fifteen dairy farms in seven counties including six in West Cork as national finalists for the 2014 NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. The competition sets out to identity and reward Ireland’s top dairy farmers.
Dairy co-operatives throughout the country initially nominate their best dairy farmers for the national awards, with top farmers who are leaders in their own field often representing a supplier base of hundreds of farmers.
The 2014 national finalists in West Cork for the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards are: Anthony and Mary Beechinor, Kilmoylerane, Ballinascarthy, (representing Lisavaird Co-op); Ben Cottrell and family, Dromkeen, Innishannon, (representing Bandon Co-op); Eugene M. and Eugene O. Lyons, Clonmoyle, Aghabullogue, (representing Dairygold Co-op); Helen and Caroline O’Donovan, Brownstown, Ballinspittle, Kinsale, (representing Barryroe Co-op); Aidan and Mary Reardon. Ballinboy, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork (representing Dairygold Co-op); Donal and Carmel O’Connor, Reavouler, Drinagh, (representing Drinagh Co-op).
The top dairy farmer is due to be announced in mid-October along with the national results. The overall winning dairy farmer will receive a prize of €5,000 and the NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards perpetual trophy. The judges also have the discretion each year to award national category awards.