Meet the sixth generation Tipperary farmers who've been crowned 2017 National Quality Milk Award winners
The country’s top prize for best quality milk has been awarded to John and Maria Walsh, from Co Tipperary who supply their milk to Dairygold Co-op.
John and Maria Walsh have three children; Brendan, Claire and Helena. They are the 6th generation of farmers to farm at Ballylomasna, Ballylooby, Cahir and take great pride in their work.
Attention to detail is paramount and all farm decisions are discussed as a family on a Saturday evening around the dinner table. Farm safety is key and something they are very passionate about.
The Walsh’s milk 104 cows on 92ha and have an average monthly supply of milk of over 52,000L.
Key farm stats
- Farm size: 92ha
- Herd size: 104
- Herd yield: 5,800L
- Avg monthy milk supply 52,201
- Avg TBC: 7
- Avg SCC: 107
- Butterfat %: 4.34
- Protein %: 3.61
- Lactose %: 4.91
The winners were announced in Dublin today with presentations to 14 of Ireland’s top dairy farms by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.
The Walsh’s were accompanied by their family at the ceremony and received a prize of €5,000 and the coveted NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards perpetual cup.
What it takes to win