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  • John, Carol & Niall Mason Win Major Award at the National Quality Milk Awards 2017

    October 2017 | by Lee Strand

    Lee Stand farmers John, Carol & Niall Mason Win Major Award at the National Quality Milk Awards 2017. The cream of the crop were celebrated at the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards in Dublin on October 4th. The awards have been running since 1996 and recognise excellence in Irish dairy farming. Fourteen of Ireland’s top dairy farms were presented with awards by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed. John, Niall & Carol Mason from Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co. Kerry won a National Category Award – “Lowest TBC” nominated by: Lee Strand Co-op Ltd at the Quality Milk Awards. The Masons are the 4th generation of farmers to farm this land in Tralee, Co Kerry. John and his wife Carol have a son, Niall, and a daughter, Liz. John works together with his son on the farm, Niall has recently returned home following 10 years travelling. He credits this experience as giving him more appreciation for the land. His knowledge and ability to integrate modern technology into the farm are invaluable. The Masons won the overall Quality Milk Award in Lee Strand in 1989, 2008 and 2016. They said “As the 4th generation of farmers here, we above all pride ourselves in our high quality milk and sustainability. It is an honour to achieve this widely acknowledged recognition and we are delighted our farm is a participant in the competition. We strive to sustain the high standards we have been recognised for.” John O’Sullivan, General Manager, Lee Strand stated “At Lee Strand our famers’ quality begins at the farm and we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality milk. We would like to congratulate John, Carol & Niall Mason on winning this prestigious national award for quality.” Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed “Irish farming is more than just a business; it is a way of life. Irish farmers learn their craft from their parents and grandparents before them. It is no accident that Irish dairy products are regarded as the best in the world. Irish farmers and their family’s commitment to delivering world class quality milk, day in day out, coupled with our grass based farming systems has enabled us to build successful markets for dairy products around the world”. The farmers who are nominated for the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards are representing milk pools of hundreds or sometimes even thousands of dairy farmers in their own co-ops. It is a serious short-listing process for the three judges, Professor Pat Wall from UCD, Dr. David Gleeson (Teagasc) and Dr. Jack Kennedy (Irish Farmers Journal). This year Irish chef Clodagh McKenna was introduced as the Food Ambassador celebrating the delicious taste and quality of Irish dairy produce both at home and abroad.