The competition to identify and reward the country’s top dairy farm has opened for 2016, with dairy co-ops throughout the country invited to nominate their top milk suppliers for the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, before tomorrow’s Friday, May 13, closing date.
The competition judges will initially undertake detailed assessments, based on the nomination forms, and on technical reports spanning a full 12-month period, in order to select a short-list of finalists.
The judges will then arrange to visit each of the finalist farms for an inspection.
In addition to identifying the top dairy farm, the national judges reserve the option to award specific category awards in sectors which stand out from year to year, such care for the environment or animal care and welfare.
Nominations should be submitted from co-ops and from co-op farm services managers using the official nomination form (see the www.qualitymilkawards.ie website).
The minimum qualifying standard for entry for this national competition is TBC of 15,000 or less per ml average per month; and average SCC of 200,000 or less per ml, with no count greater than 400,000 per ml in any given month of the year in question.
The results of the national awards are expected to be announced in October.
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