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National Milk Quality Farm Walk

The Power family from Drumhills Farm, Cappagh, Co. Waterford, the 2016 National Winners of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, will host a farm walk on the afternoon of Wednesday 14th June 2017. The event commences at 2.00pm. The Teagasc organised event will focus on the practical steps taken by the Power family to win the national title.

The Power family milked 225 cows on their 139 hectare farm in 2016 and supply their milk to Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd. (GIIL). They have achieved SCC levels of below 100,000 cells/ml over the last two years, and less than 200,000 cells/ml over the last six years. They claimed the top prize following an assessment of the performance of the shortlisted dairy farms from all parts of the country. Milk quality is extremely important to the Power family: “One of the key elements I took from farming alongside my parents is their emphasis on attention to detail in every aspect of farming practices,” said Tom. “I believe that if you are doing it, do it right. Another crucial element to our farm is our helping team. Although my father, Jim, has taken a step back over the years he is still a machine to work with and an encyclopaedia of knowledge alongside my mother Breda.”

John Moloney, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager said: “The farm walk will allow dairy farm families see at first-hand the types of achievable steps which can raise quality standards and which can help to maintain those standards throughout the year. Many other farmers can learn from the practical steps taken by the Power family. They use the available information to make the right decisions and carry out the recommended actions correctly”.

Zoë Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the NDC highlighted the role of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards in raising standards: “Through this award programme we see the passion for progressing and learning the newest and best way of doing things; combined with a heartfelt wish to take care of and develop the farm, so that it can be passed on to next generation with care and pride.”

Fionnuala Malone, GIIL, “We are delighted that the Power family have won this prestigious award and that they have made their farm available for this farm walk. The progress made by Jim and Tom in terms of milk quality is proof that improvements in milk quality are possible. While milk quality was always good on this farm, it has moved to a higher level in recent years. The national award won by the Power’s is recognition of the effort put into improving milk quality over the years.”