Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan from Goleen in west Cork were crowned Overall Quality Milk Award winners for 2015 at an awards ceremony in Dublin this week. The O’Sullivans came out on top based on their milk quality results for 2014 and their overall routine and farming system to maximise milk quality.

The terrain in Goleen is rocky and unforgiving and a digger or bulldozer is a farmer’s best friend. You can easily distinguish the outline of Kieran’s farm, with the green fields interspersed with heather and rock outcrops. Cows have a lot of walking to do no matter what way they turn out of the parlour on this farm. As a consolation, the cows do a have a great view over Dunmanus Bay, but this is little solace when the westerly wind and rain are sweeping up the coast.