The winners of the 2016 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, The Powers from Cappagh Co. Waterford, are set to host a farm walk on Wednesday the 14th of June.
The walk, which is organised by Teagasc, will focus on the practical steps taken by the family on their farm in winning the award. The event will commence from 2.p.m. at the Drumhills farm in County Waterford.
Last year the Powers milked 225 cows in total on their dairy farm, which is 139 hectares in size. The family supply their milk to Glanbia, and the past few years have achieved SCC levels of below 100,000 cells/ml. The top prize was awarded to the family after an overall assessment of their farms performance. The assessment found that Milk quality is to the forefront of the Powers’ family operations. Tom Power confirmed this by saying “ “One of the key elements I took from farming alongside my parents is their emphasis on attention to detail in every aspect of farming practices,” said Tom.
Tom also took time to praise his parents, who paved the way for the families success, “I believe that if you are doing it, do it right. Another crucial element to our farm is our helping team. Although my father, Jim, has taken a step back over the years he is still a machine to work with and an encyclopaedia of knowledge alongside my mother Breda.”
John Moloney, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager, said the walk is an opportunity for other dairy families to learn and find areas on which they could improve, he said “The farm walk will allow dairy farm families see at first-hand the types of achievable steps which can raise quality standards and which can help to maintain those standards throughout the year. Many other farmers can learn from the practical steps taken by the Power family. They use the available information to make the right decisions and carry out the recommended actions correctly”.
Zoë Kavanagh, Chief Executive of the NDC highlighted the role of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards in raising standards: “Through this award programme we see the passion for progressing and learning the newest and best way of doing things; combined with a heartfelt wish to take care of and develop the farm, so that it can be passed on to next generation with care and pride.”
Fionnuala Malone, of GIIL, congratulated the family on their win before thanking them for showcasing their farm for the benefit of the industry. She said “We are delighted that the Power family have won this prestigious award and that they have made their farm available for this farm walk. The progress made by Jim and Tom in terms of milk quality is proof that improvements in milk quality are possible. While milk quality was always good on this farm, it has moved to a higher level in recent years. The national award won by the Power’s is recognition of the effort put into improving milk quality over the years.”
The event is organised by Teagasc, with the support of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, the National Dairy Council and Ornua.
The farm walk will address Farm performance, both current and over time, Correct washing routines for minimising TBC, thermodurics and residues, Achieving low SCC in a large sized dairy herd, Family dairy farming including farm succession and workload/labour requirements and Sustainable dairy farming focusing on SDAS and Carbon footprint.