Rosemary and David Moran, of Glasson, Athlone, were presented with the Lakeland Dairies Sustainability Award yesterday (Thursday). Pictured, L-R, Michael Hanley, Group CEO, Siobhan and David Moran with baby Sawyer (10 weeks), Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, Rosemary Moran, and Niall Matthews, Chairman of Lakeland Dairies.

Glasson family honoured at Lakeland Dairies milk quality awards

Rosemary and David Moran, from Glasson in Athlone, have won the Lakeland Dairies Sustainability Award for their outstanding commitment to sustainable milk production and environmental and economic sustainability.

The Morans were presented with the honour at the dairy co-op's Milk Quality Awards which were attended by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue yesterday (Thursday).

Farm families in Monaghan, Westmeath, Cavan, Meath, Offaly, Fermanagh, Down, Tyrone, Armagh and Antrim picked up awards at the event in recognition of the quality of their milk.

The top award - Supreme Champions of the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards - was won by William and Alan Nicholson of Drumacrib, Castleblayney, Monaghan.

The Nicholsons also took home the >500,000 litre producer category award in the Republic of Ireland.

The highly commended runners-up in the >500,000 litre producer category were Westmeath farmers Richard and Joan Greene of Killeen, Multyfarnham.

Richard and Joan Greene, Killeen, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath, were highly commended runners-up in the >500,000 litre producer category at the Lakeland Dairies Milk Quality Awards. Pictured, L-R, were: Michael Hanley, CEO Lakeland Dairies, Richard and Joan Greene with Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, Niall Matthews, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.

The winners were chosen from among the 3,200 farm families, across sixteen counties, who produce milk for the two billion litre Lakeland Dairies milk pool.

Speaking at the awards, Minister Charlie McConalogue said: "To win an award where you are recognised by your own co-op for having produced a top-quality product is a truly remarkable achievement.

"Producing high-quality milk is not something that is done overnight. It is a lifetime's achievement and the result of a commitment to excellence every time you step into the parlour and every breeding decision you make.

"Sustainability is a key priority for the Lakeland Dairies farm families and the entire co-op, and I pay tribute to this drive for continuous improvement.

"Both I and the rest of the Government will back this sustainability agenda while continuing to support the production of world-class food," he said.