A former suckler-to-beef farmer who converted to dairy in 2017 has won the overall prize at the 2019 Carbery Quality Milk Awards.
Nigel Daunt from Coolculitha, Innishannon, took over the farm from his parents and is now milking 65 cows through an eight-unit parlour on 105 acres. His cows produce 5,000l/cow/year and deliver 400kg of milk solids.
Nigel also won the regional award for Bandon Co-op, where he supplies milk for processing in Carbery’s Ballineen facility.
The finalist were commended for their attention to detail and emphasis on milk quality, sustainability, healthy cows and hygienic facilities.
Speaking at the event, professor of public health in UCD Patrick Wall said: “The standards set in West Cork are an example to the world of what a small area can deliver, by making an absolute commitment to only producing top-quality milk.
“It is apparent that the achievements of Carbery and its farmer shareholders are unique within the dairy industry and set to go from strength to strength with the further developments planned, including the new mozzarella plant at Ballineen.”
There were also four winners of sustainability awards:
Jason Hawkins, Carbery Group CEO, said: “The high standard produced by Carbery is thanks to farmers like Nigel Daunt, who put a huge amount of work into their farm, and the quality of milk they are producing is testament to that.
“He has reached an excellent standard, as have the rest of our finalists, and they are a credit to dairy farming in West Cork. Carbery’s success has been built thanks to the quality of milk produced by our suppliers and we congratulate them all on winning these awards.”