Carbery Group milk supplier wins prestigious National Irish Quality Milk Award
The Carbery Group is rooted in dairying. Owned by farming families, its Irish operation processes around 400 million litres per annum of milk to produce award-winning cheeses and food ingredients.
The lush landscape and temperate climate of Ireland’s south western seaboard provides ideal conditions for sustainable, grass-based dairy farming. Here, dairy farmers have worked in harmony with nature for generations to produce high quality milk, rich in nutritional goodness.
Each year, The Irish National Dairy Council (NDC) and Kerrygold award prizes for milk quality. We congratulate this year’s overall winners Kieran and Catherine O’Sullivan, from Dunmanus, Goleen in West Cork. They were recognised for farming the Best Quality Milk in Ireland at the recent NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
The O’Sullivan family run a 107 hectare dairy farm, milking 136 cows with an 18 unit milking parlour. Their milk is supplied daily to Drinagh Co-op for processing in Carbery’s Ballineen facility. The O’Sulllivan farm is located on the scenic Mizen peninsula, one of the most westerly points in Europe. The family is at the heart of Irish dairy farming. Their passion for farming is passed down from generation to generation.
Carbery would also like to congratulate some of our other farmer suppliers who also received awards. The O’Manony family from Shanakiel (Barrroe-Co-op) were the overall runners up. James Kingston from Maulnageragh, (Lisavaird Co-op) claimed the National Category award for the Best Milk Protein. Owen and Rosaleen O’Brien from Cashelbeg (Bandon Co-op) achieved excellence in Dairy Farming / National Finalist.
The success of our suppliers in these prestigious Quality Milk Awards demonstrates the quality milk system that is in place in West Cork, and highlights the excellent standard of milk production that farmers strive to achieve every day.
Each finalist was commended for their outstanding attention to detail, with an emphasis on healthy cows, spotless facilities and hygienic practices, all of which are essential to Carbery’s quality of raw material supply which leads to a superior end product.