The top dairy farmer is due to be announced in mid-October along with the national results. The winner will receive €5,000 and a perpetual trophy.
Six of this year’s finalists are from Co Cork with four of them representing West Cork co-ops — Anthony and Mary Beechinor, Ballinascarthy (Lisavaird), Ben Cottrell and family, Innishannon (Bandon), Helen and Caroline O’Donovan, Ballinspittle (Barryroe), and Donal and Carmel O’Connor (Drinagh).
Dairygold will be represented by Eugene M and Eugene O Lyons, Aghabullogue, and Aidan and Mary Reardon, Ballinhassig.
There are three finalists from Tipperary — Michael Crowe, Cappawhite (Tipperary Co-op), Edmund and Thomas Dwan, Bohernamona, Thurles, Centenary Co-op) and Eoin Toohey, Cloughjordan (Arrabawn).
Munster is also represented by Limerick milk suppliers Declan Murphy and family from Effin (Kerry Agribusiness), and Gerald O’Connell and family from Askeaton (Kerry Co-op).