As well as winning the Supreme Milk Quality Award, the Tyrone pair also landed the overall Northern Ireland Milk Quality Award at the event, which was hosted in Virginia, Co Cavan.

There were also winners from counties Cavan, Monaghan, Offaly, Westmeath, Down and Tyrone with awards for excellence in milk production.

The awards publicly recognise the achievements of the milk suppliers’ efficiency and quality of their milk production. The winners emerged from among over 2,000 milk producers.

The awards were presented by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, together with Lakeland Dairies chair Alo Duffy and chief executive Michael Hanley.

In a statement, Creed congratulated the winners and outlines the importance of high-quality producers.

“Excellence in dairy farming is difficult to achieve and to sustain on an ongoing basis. It requires huge commitment and it places significant demands on dairy producers,” he said.

“The cornerstone for our success on world markets has been and will continue to be the high-quality milk which underpins our processing industry,” he concluded.

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