Irish cheese scoops international award in Spain
Corleggy raw goats' milk cheese is now ranked in the top 2% of world cheeses, after taking a Super Gold accolade at the World Cheese Awards 2016 in San Sebastian.

The Irish handmade cheese has been named one of the top 66 cheeses in the world, after competing against a record 3,021 cheeses from all over the world, including Europe, Mexico, South America, USA and Australia.

The mother-and-son team of Silke and Tom Cropp are showcasing their now world-winning cheese at this year’s biggest-ever five-day National Crafts and Design Fair at the RDS – which opened on Wednesday 30 November and runs until Sunday 4 December.

Handmade in Belturbet using raw, unpasteurised milk from local herds, multi award-winning Corleggy cheeses have been made by the artisan company since 1995.

We believe in the slow food philosophy

“This prestigious international award means a whole lot to us, particularly because we are hoping to expand our export market to speciality cheese shops all over Europe,” said Silke. “We believe in the slow food philosophy. It takes time for wonderful cheeses to develop and now expert judges have ranked us to be among the finest cheeses in the world. We feel that the aroma and taste strike a perfect balance between rich and mild.”

Record-breaking crowds of over 40,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at the National Crafts and Design Fair in the RDS.

Five other Irish cheeses were ranked in the next-best Gold category at the World Cheese Awards: St Tola Ash Log, Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella, SuperValu Signature Tastes Gubeen, SuperValu Comte and Cashe Blue.

Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella is made with milk from Johnny Lynch’s farm in Cill na Martra, Co Cork (pictured), the only milking buffalo herd in Ireland.

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Agri Aware election heats up
The Dealer has heard that there is no less than 14 candidates looking to sit on the Agri Aware board.

I hear the canvassing to get on the board of Agri Aware is intense ahead of the voting deadline next Tuesday 29 January.

Some 14 candidates are duking it out for just two seats on the board of the agri-educational body. Each of Agri Aware’s patrons, who elect the board, are being canvassed hard.

Those in the running include Barclay Bell (UFU), Anna Marie McHugh (NPA), Charles Smith (Kepak), Paul Nolan (Dawn Meats), Breian Carroll (ag adviser), Teddy Cashman (ifac), Tommy Boland (ASA), Kevin Walsh (IHFA), Michael Maher (Centenary Co-op), Tom Cunniffe (Aurivo), Lisa Herlihy (Dairymaster), Breda Leonard (Country Crest), Jane Marks (FRS) and Donal Hurley (Bandon Co-op).

I hear the vote will be tight.

Popular drover waked at Cahir Mart
Farmers and cattle dealers will joined family and friends to remember an ever-present mart character at the weekend.

There was a huge turnout at Cahir Mart on Saturday at the wake of one of the mart’s best-loved characters, Murty (Martin) Cashman.

The popular drover spent much of his life at the mart and was held in the highest esteem by both staff and farmers. He was from Hogan Square in the town.

I’m told that the mart was like a second home to him and that he never missed a Wednesday sale.

Tractor stopped for being under the speed limit
The tractor driver was taking a short cut on the M18 motorway to go between farms.

A farmer was stopped by gardaí in Clare during the week on the M18 for driving his tractor too slow.

I’m told that by law a vehicle must be able to maintain a speed of 50km/h to travel on a motorway.

In this case the maximum was 35km/h. The reason for the farmer taking the motorway? He was taking a shortcut between farms.