Offaly farmers scoop national dairy award
At the recent Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, Mairead and Pat McLoughlin, Birr, Co Offaly, won the Lakeland Dairies Sustainability Award for outstanding commitment to sustainable milk production.
Their win was based on measures including carbon footprint, biodiversity, water management and milk quality results at their farm.
At the presentation were Michael Hanley, Chief Executive of Lakeland Dairies, Mairead McLoughlin, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD, Pat McLoughlin and Alo Duffy, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies.
At the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards, dairy farmers from both sides of the border won top honours for the exceptionally high quality of milk produced on their farms. The awards publicly recognise the achievements of Lakeland Dairies’ milk suppliers who are committed to efficiency and quality in all aspects of their milk production.
The awards were presented by Business Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Heather Humphreys T.D., together with Lakeland Dairies’ Chairman Alo Duffy and Group CEO, Michael Hanley at a special ceremony held in Cavan. Winning a milk quality award is a major achievement.
Congratulating the winners, Minister Humphreys said: “Over the next five years, Ireland will continue to be among the world’s fastest growing dairy producers as a global leader in terms of the safety, sustainability and traceability of our production from family farms, through our processing facilities and onwards to consumers in markets across the world."
"The winners of these awards are exemplary because, through their dedication and commitment, they are supporting our country’s justified and hard earned worldwide reputation for quality. Based on these achievements, I am confident that we will continue to be competitive and successful and I congratulate all of the members of Lakeland Dairies for the great progress that is being achieved by this farmer owned co-operative.”
Lakeland Dairies Chairman Alo Duffy said: “The milk quality awards are a source of great pride because they centre on excellence in dairy farming. The markets that we deal with are largely demand led, with multiple supply channels for customers and consumers to choose from."
"They want products that are safely, securely and sustainably produced and we need to be able to verify that this is the case to the satisfaction of our international customers. The milk we collect for processing, produced from pasture fed herds on family owned farms, is the high quality raw material on which we have built our reputation as a global dairy provider.”
Lakeland Chief Executive Michael Hanley said: “Lakeland Dairies milk producers are well placed to cater for global dairy demand as a result of the overall efficiency and sustainability of our production and processing systems. We have made strategic investments to create the scale and flexibility that are necessary to compete successfully on a worldwide basis."
"The quality of our dairy farmers and the milk that they supply to us is simply world class. That is what underpins our opportunity for future growth as a farmer owned co-operative exporting 240 different dairy products and food ingredients to customers in 80 countries worldwide.”
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