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Award Winning Tipperary Dairy Farm to Host Farm Walk

A Teagasc dairy farm walk will take place on the farm of the National Winner of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Award for 2014. The Dwan family from Bohernamona, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, will host a farm walk on Thursday, 23 April at 2 pm. Thomas Dwan and his parents Eddie and Ann are suppliers of milk to Centenary Thurles Co-op.

This dairy farm event is organised by Teagasc and is part of National Dairy Week (18th – 25th April 2015) organised by the National Dairy Council. Tom O Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc, said: “The performance of the Dwan farm is of the highest order and this event offers all dairy farmers the opportunity to learn the ‘secrets to their success’.  Visitors will not see any extraordinary activities or fancy ideas, just common sense and efficient sustainable dairy farming.  They should be encouraged by the performance levels which can be achieved by an efficient family dairy farm.

Eddie, Ann and Thomas Dwan work as a team and they received the award based on the technical data and milk quality records for over twelve months along with information about milking practices and facilities, care of the environment, sustainable practices, dairy herd health, animal welfare and general farm management.

The farm has expanded over the last seven years to over 100 cows currently. To achieve this, the Dwan’s built a new 16 unit DeLaval herringbone milking unit three years ago to replace the original six unit facility. They built a new cow housing shed in 2007 and converted and upgraded another building. If they do expand further in the future some further housing would need to be added, but they have the space if required.

All farmers are welcome to visit this top quality dairy farm and see best practice in action. Event runs from 2pm to 4pm. You can find out more about the Dwan farm at www.qualitymilkawards.ie

Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc; Eddie, Thomas and Ann Dwan, National Winners; Dr David Gleeson, Teagasc & national judge for NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards and Donal Mullane, Regional Manager, Teagasc, North & South Tipperary