Following the success of the McKenna family at the 2018 NDC / Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, LacPatrick Dairies has paid tribute to the success.
The McKennas, Darren and Denise, took home the herd health category at the national finals this week and also won 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.
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.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the McKennas setting out the standards that can be achieved by every farmer in the northern half of Ireland,” Majella 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%.