October 14, 2020
NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards to announce overall winner during the Late Late Show
Ornua and the National Dairy Council (NDC) are pleased to announce 11 dairy farming families representing 11 dairy co-ops nationwide have reached the finals of the 2020 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. The awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Dairy World’, acknowledge and celebrate the highest standards of excellence in dairy farming with a focus on milk quality, animal welfare and sustainable farming practices.
These awards are more relevant than ever this year. Throughout what continues to be a challenging 2020, Ireland’s 18,000 dairy farming families are working hard to keep the country’s supermarket shelves stocked with rich, creamy grass-fed dairy products whilst maintaining exceptional standards in milk quality. In response, communities all over Ireland are showing an increased appreciation for access to quality, home-grown food produce.
Every year, the finalists gather with their families and are celebrated at a very special awards ceremony in Dublin. Given this year’s constraints and to ensure the achievements of these families are recognised, the finalists will be showcased, and the winner revealed, on nationwide television during a three-minute special extended ad break of the Late Late Show on Friday 30th October. Since March, the Late Late Show has become a weekly source of comfort and reassurance to viewers all over Ireland and will be a fitting platform to announce the winner of the 2020 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
Introducing the 2020 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards finalists:
- Catherine & Edward Bowe, Tipperary nominated by Centenary Thurles Coopv
- Eamon Cormican, Galway nominated by Arrabawn Coop
- Nigel Daunt & Family, Cork nominated by Bandon Coop
- Stanley & Tanya Graham, Cavan nominated by Lakeland Dairies Coop
- Jerry Keohane, Cork nominated by Barryroe Coop
- Fiachra & Mary Liston, Limerick nominated by Kerry Agribusiness Coop
- Denis, Nora & Michael Lordan, Cork nominated by Dairygold Coop
- William & Dan O’Donovan, Cork nominated by Drinagh Coop
- Thomas Junior, Thomas and Mary O’Grady, Kildare nominated by Glanbia Ireland Coop
- William Stack, Kerry nominated by North Cork Creameries Coop
- Richard Starrett, Donegal nominated by Aurivo Coop
Commenting on the announcement, John Jordan, CEO Ornua said ‘It is now more important than ever to acknowledge the community of farming families who have worked really hard and shown great resilience in keeping quality, nutritious dairy in our fridges despite the unprecedented challenges of 2020. As a nation, we should be incredibly proud of our dairy industry – our grass-fed produce is revered all over the world and it is incredibly fitting that these families will be celebrated nationwide during the Late Late Show at the end of October.’
All farming finalists undergo a detailed assessment by an expert judging panel based on milk quality test results, technical reports spanning 12 months and evidence of sustainable and animal welfare on-farm practices. Finalists were visited by judges Professor Pat Wall from UCD, Dr David Gleeson from Teagasc and Dr Jack Kennedy, Deputy Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal in September under strict Covid-19 protocols, with the standard of finalists having improved further since the national awards programme was introduced in 2009.
Zoe Kavanagh, CEO of the NDC said “Irish dairy is renowned globally for being grass-based, high-quality and low-emissions with the most efficient production system in Europe. In addition to this Irish dairy is an “economic powerhouse” that is underpinning wealth and job creation outside Ireland’s urban centres. The dairy industry here supports 60,000 jobs, particularly in rural and regional economies, where other sectors don’t reach. We export €4bn a year. And the spend within the economy is €3.8bn per annum, which is really significant in what has been an incredibly challenging year for Ireland’s economy”.