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LacPatrick honour Champion farmers: Fresh from winning the 2018 NDC / Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, Emyvale farm family Darran and Denise McKenna have been honoured by their co-op LacPatrick Dairies this week. The Monaghan Town-based co-op hosted a function in the Hillgrove Hotel on Thursday 18 October at 8pm where farmers in the area came, celebrated and recognised the McKennas on their historic win. The event was fully sponsored by the National Dairy Council (NDC). The husband and wife team took home the herd health category at the national finals last week and also claimed the overall winner. It is the first time the prestigious award has gone to a farm north of the midlands. The Quality Milk Awards recognise standards of excellence in dairy farming, with dairy co-operatives throughout the country invited to nominate their top suppliers. The husband and wife team milk 92 cows and faced stiff competition from eight other farms. The McKennas were nominated by LacPatrick and, after a rigorous selection and judging process, they were shortlisted in the final nine farms from across the country. The ceremony was attended by Zoe Kavanagh chief executive of the NDC and Jack Kennedy deputy editor of the Irish Farmers Journal as well as Darran, Denise and their family. Member of the LacPatrick Farm Advisory Team, Majella McCafferty, has worked closely with the McKenna family preparing them for the 2018 awards. “Darran and Denise set standards for their farm that are above and beyond the norm. Their attention to detail, commitment to excellence and passion for success made them the standout candidates for this year’s Quality Milk awards. “It is a pleasure to work with the McKennas and, on behalf of everyone in LacPatrick, I would like to congratulate them on this historic victory. We are intensely proud of them all,” Majella said. “This wonderful achievement demonstrates that that no matter how many barriers or obstacles are put up in front of you it is possible to overcome them and reach your goal. “It was great to see so many people turn out to recognise the achievements of Darran and Denise. We wish them all the best for the future,” she said. The McKennas from Derrygasson, outside Emyvale Co Monaghan are the fifth generation to farm the land, have a year-round system based on 62ha and milk in a 16-unit herringbone. The cows average some 6,304l with a butterfat of 4.08% and a protein of 3.47%. Editor: We would like to add our words of congratulations to Darren and Denise for this marvelous achievement. This win must inspire confidence in the people of the region that they are consuming some of the finest and best milk in the country as Darren would testify that other suppliers make the same effort to supply milk of the highest quality. Listening to the speakers on the night discussing the Dairy industry and its future challenges I had to admit that Dairy farmers do not get a proper return for their work and efforts to maintain such high standards and we should be prepared to pay a little more for our milk if that increase would find its way back to the producers. Again - well done Darren and Denise and not fogetting Seamus, who laid the solid foundations on which Darren has built. Also to LacPatrick for their nomination and assistance.
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LacPatrick honour Champion farmers: Fresh from winning the 2018 NDC / Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, Emyvale farm family Darran and Denise McKenna have been honoured by their co-op LacPatrick Dairies this week. The Monaghan Town-based co-op hosted a function in the Hillgrove Hotel on Thursday 18 October at 8pm where farmers in the area came, celebrated and recognised the McKennas on their historic win. The event was fully sponsored by the National Dairy Council (NDC). The husband and wife team took home the herd health category at the national finals last week and also claimed the overall winner. It is the first time the prestigious award has gone to a farm north of the midlands. The Quality Milk Awards recognise standards of excellence in dairy farming, with dairy co-operatives throughout the country invited to nominate their top suppliers. The husband and wife team milk 92 cows and faced stiff competition from eight other farms. The McKennas were nominated by LacPatrick and, after a rigorous selection and judging process, they were shortlisted in the final nine farms from across the country. The ceremony was attended by Zoe Kavanagh chief executive of the NDC and Jack Kennedy deputy editor of the Irish Farmers Journal as well as Darran, Denise and their family. Member of the LacPatrick Farm Advisory Team, Majella McCafferty, has worked closely with the McKenna family preparing them for the 2018 awards. “Darran and Denise set standards for their farm that are above and beyond the norm. Their attention to detail, commitment to excellence and passion for success made them the standout candidates for this year’s Quality Milk awards. “It is a pleasure to work with the McKennas and, on behalf of everyone in LacPatrick, I would like to congratulate them on this historic victory. We are intensely proud of them all,” Majella said. “This wonderful achievement demonstrates that that no matter how many barriers or obstacles are put up in front of you it is possible to overcome them and reach your goal. “It was great to see so many people turn out to recognise the achievements of Darran and Denise. We wish them all the best for the future,” she said. The McKennas from Derrygasson, outside Emyvale Co Monaghan are the fifth generation to farm the land, have a year-round system based on 62ha and milk in a 16-unit herringbone. The cows average some 6,304l with a butterfat of 4.08% and a protein of 3.47%. Editor: We would like to add our words of congratulations to Darren and Denise for this marvelous achievement. This win must inspire confidence in the people of the region that they are consuming some of the finest and best milk in the country as Darren would testify that other suppliers make the same effort to supply milk of the highest quality. Listening to the speakers on the night discussing the Dairy industry and its future challenges I had to admit that Dairy farmers do not get a proper return for their work and efforts to maintain such high standards and we should be prepared to pay a little more for our milk if that increase would find its way back to the producers. Again - well done Darren and Denise and not fogetting Seamus, who laid the solid foundations on which Darren has built. Also to LacPatrick for their nomination and assistance.