Lamberton Farm in Fahan has been nominated for the 2012 National Dairy Council & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.The competition, which sets out to identify and reward our top dairy farmers, has been described as the ‘Sam Maguire of Farming’.
Ian and David Lamberton’s farm at Castletown, Fahan is the nominee of Donegal Creameries/Connacht Gold.
The organisers explain that the nominated dairy farms can already be considered the cream of the crop. Many of the co-ops who nominate dairy farmers for this competition do so on the basis of selecting their top farmers each year, from a supplier base of literally hundreds of farmers. Securing a nomination for this award is, in its own right, a recognition of top quality farming by the nominating co-op. All of the farmers nominated are role models in their own right and should be proud of this achievement.
Detailed technical forms related to each nominated farm are currently in the hands of the expert national judging panel: Professor Paddy Wall,
Associate Professor of Public Health at UCD; Dr David Gleeson, Milk Quality Research, Teagasc; and Dr. Jack Kennedy, Dairy Editor, Irish Farmers
The judges are expected to select a short-list of finalists for them to visit in July. The judging panel will combine the technical data with the inspection of the farm in order to select the overall national winner.
The overall winning farmer will receive a prize of €5,000 and the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards perpetual trophy. It is also at the discretion of the judges each year to select whether category prizes will be awarded – for instance in areas such as sustainability, animal welfare or care of the environment.
It is expected that the overall results will be announced in early October. Competition updates and results when available will be posted to www.ndc.ie.