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Watch: Quality Milk Awards finalists Nicky and Philip Thornton
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Watch: Quality Milk Awards finalists Nicky and Philip Thornton

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NDC/Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards finalists Nicky and Philip Thornton are farming in a family partnership structure near Cashel, Co Tipperary, producing spring milk for Centenary Thurles Co-op.
NDC/Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards finalists Nicky and Philip Thornton are farming in a family partnership structure near Cashel, Co Tipperary, producing spring milk for Centenary Thurles Co-op.

Nicky would have supplied milk to Cashel Creamery in years gone by. For the last number of years Philip has been doing some agri contracting but with cow numbers increasing now that quotas are no longer limiting, he plans to reduce the time spent at the contracting and instead focus more on the cows. A new eight-year lease on 26ha from 2016 will help facilitate some expansion in the next number of years.

In 2015, Thorntons milked 102 cows and this year they are milking 118 cows. In total, 82ha are farmed, with 37ha (110 acres) ...

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