The National Dairy Council & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards set out to identify and to reward the top dairy farmer in the Republic of Ireland.

The Awards create an opportunity to showcase to consumers the excellence of our pasture-based dairy farming whilst helping to build awareness about the dairy farmers in the Republic of Ireland who are behind our local dairy brands.

The competition, known as “The Sam Maguire of Farming,” also identifies dairy farmers who are role models to others, providing a platform for co-ops to highlight to their own suppliers the technical requirements, standards and techniques which drive top quality milk production. 

The National Dairy Council of Ireland

2017 Carbery Quality Milk Awards

Award

The 2017 Drinagh Co-Op Winners of the award are:

Liam & Dolores O’Donovan, Clohane, Skibbereen

The Drinagh Co-Op runners up are:

Noel & Derek Jagoe, Toughmacdermody, Drinagh

Robert Deane, Derrygareen, Skibbereen

The overall Carbery Winner is:

John Joe O’Sullivan

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Drinagh Group at Carbery Milk Quality Awards
Pictured at the recent Carbery Quality Milk Awards presentation ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel Clonakilty: kneeling from left: Annie, Eve, Ruby & Emma O'Donovan. Seated l-r Mary & Robert Deane, Drinagh Co-op Runners Up, Dolores & Liam O'Donovan Drinagh Co-Op Winners, Dermot O'Leary Chairman Carbery Group, Dan McSweeney CEO Carbery Group, Derek & Triona Jagoe Drinagh Co-Op Runners Up, Carol Jagoe. Back l-r Muireann Deane, Jerome O'Mahony, Darren Lynch, Seamus Daly, Joe O'Sullivan CEO Drinagh Co-Op, Tom Murphy, Keith Jagoe & Noel Jagoe
Drinagh Quality Award Winner
l-r Dolores O'Donovan, Dermot O'Leary Chairman Carbery Group, Liam O'Donovan, Eve, Annie, Emma & Ruby O'Donovan
runner up
l-r Dermot O'Leary Chairman Carbery Group, Robert Deane, Muireann Deane & Mary Deane.
runner up
Carol Jagoe, Noel Jagoe, Dermot O'Leary Chairman Carbery Group, Derek Jagoe, Triona Jagoe, Keith Jagoe

The following are the top 30 registered milk suppliers for 2016, based on milk quality, in alphabetical order.

  • Anthony O’Donovan, Bawn farm, Castletownsend
  • Anthony O’Shea, Gories, Bantry
  • Brendan O’Driscoll, Shreelanes, Leap
  • Dan & Catherine McCarthy, Lissane, Drimoleague
  • David Kingston, Curraghnaloughra, Drinagh
  • Donal & Carmel O’Connor, Reavouler, Drinagh
  • Donal & Mary Hayes, Shuntullig, Durrus, Bantry
  • Donie & Mary O’Donovan, Cullinagh, Skibbereen
  • Gerard McCarthy, Caheragh, Drimoleague
  • Jason Wolfe, Stouke, Ballydehob
  • Jeremiah & Diarmuid O’Brien, Ballyboy, Dunmanway
  • Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Dunscullib, Leap
  • John B. Leonard, Donegal, Reengaroga, Baltimore
  • John Moynihan, Shuntullig, Dunbeacon, Durrus
  • John O’Mahony, Inchiclough, Bantry
  • Kenneth McCarthy, Ballygurteen, Clonakilty
  • Kieran O’Donovan, Forenaught, Skibbereen
  • Laurence Hallihane, Lickowen, Skibbereen
  • Liam & Dolores O’Donovan, Clohane, Skibbereen
  • Michael & Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla Upper, Skibbereen
  • Michael Og Crowley, Bauravilla, Skibbereen
  • Michael Russell, Knockane, Drimoleague
  • Noel & Derek Jagoe, Toughmacdermody, Drinagh
  • Noel O’Shea, Ballyally, Skibbereen
  • Patrick Collins, Knockataggart, Skibbereen
  • Reps. Tadgh Kingston, Ferlihanes, Rossmore, Clonakilty
  • Robert Deane, Derrygareen, Skibbereen
  • Timothy McCarthy, Dromusta West, Drimoleague
  • Trevor & Carol Draper, Knockbue, Drimoleague

2016 Carbery Quality Milk Awards

Award

The 2016 Drinagh Co-Op Winners of the award are:

Michael & Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla, Co Cork

The Drinagh Co-Op runners up are:

Billy Wolfe, Knockawaddra, Lisbealad

Timothy O’Mahony, Dreenane, Schull

The overall Carbery Winners are:

Michael & Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla, Co Cork

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Drinagh Group at Carbery Milk Quality Awards
The triumphant Drinagh group pictured at the recent Carbery Quality Milk Awards presentation ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty – kneeling, from left: Gavin & Colm Crowley; seated, from left: Michael, Timothy & Catherine O’Mahony, Drinagh Co-Op runner up; Marguerite & Michael Crowley, Drinagh Co-Op & overall Carbery winners; Dan McSweeney, CEO & Dermot O’Leary, Chairman Carbery Group; Billy Wolfe & Esther Wolfe, Drinagh Co-Op runner up; Back from left: Laura & Rachel O’Mahony; Darren Lynch, Karen Keohane; Joe O’Sullivan, CEO Drinagh, Nan, Aisling & Michelle Crowley, Seamus Daly, Tom Murphy, Richard Connell, David Connolly, David Shiels & Tim Regan. (Photo: George Maguire)

The following are the top 30 registered milk suppliers for 2015, based on milk quality, in alphabetical order.

  • Anthony O’Donovan, Bawn Farm, Castletownsend
  • Anthony O’Shea, Gories, Bantry
  • Billy Wolfe, Knockawaddra, Lisbealad
  • Brendan O’Driscoll, Shreelanes, Leap
  • Charles Joseph McCarthy, Gortycrossig, Toehead, Castletownsend
  • Dan & Catherine McCarthy, Lissane, Drimoleague
  • David Kingston, Curraghnaloughra, Drinagh
  • Declan Harrington, Gortnaclohy,Skibbereen
  • Denis Collins, Letterlickey, Bantry
  • Donal & Mary Hayes, Shuntullig, Durrus, Bantry
  • Donie & Mary O’Donovan, Cullinagh, Skibbereen
  • Francis Keating, Droumnacara, Church Cross, Skibbereen
  • James Young, Derryclough, Drinagh
  • Jason Wolfe, Stouke, Ballydehob
  • Jeremiah & Diarmuid O’Brien, Ballyboy, Dunmanway
  • John Moynihan, Shuntullig, Dunbeacon, Durrus
  • John O’Regan, Kielbronogue, Schull
  • Karol O’Shea, Angram, Drimoleague
  • Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen
  • Liam O’Donovan, Clohane, Skibbereen
  • Michael & Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla Upper, Skibbereen
  • Michael Murnane, Coorydowney, Drimolague
  • Michael Russell, Knockane, Drimoleague
  • Neil Collins, Drinagh East, Lisbealad, Dunmanway
  • Noel & Derek Jagoe, Toughmacdermody, Drinagh
  • Padraig & Mairead Horgan, Glounathnaw, Bantry
  • Patrick Collins, Knockataggart, Skibbereen
  • Reps. Tadgh Kingston, Ferlihanes, Rossmore
  • Sean Dineen, Bawnbue, Drimoleague
  • Timothy O’Mahony, Dreenane, Schull

2015 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

The country’s top prize for farming the best quality milk has been awarded to Kieran & Catherine O’Sullivan, from Dunmanus, Goleen, Co. Cork who supply their milk to Drinagh Co-op.


2015 Carbery Milk Quality Awards

Award

The 2015 Drinagh Co-Op Winner of the award is:

  

Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Dunscullib, Leap

The Drinagh Co-Op runners up are:

James Young, Derryclough, Drinagh

Liam O’Connell, Currabeg, Skibbereen

The overall Carbery Winner is:

Tim & Breda Hurley, Caherbeg, Rosscarbery.

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We congratulate the three finalists on their remarkable achievement in consistently producing top quality milk. Drinagh Co-op would like to express a special word of congratulations to Tim & Breda Hurley, the overall winner of the Carbery Milk Quality Award.

 

The Drinagh group pictured at the Carbery Quality Milk Awards presentation ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty – seated, from left – Linda & Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Drinagh Co-Op winners ; David Connolly, Chairman, Drinagh Co-Op ;Dermot O'Leary , Chairman & Dan McSweeney, CEO, Carbery Group ; Jennifer, Grace and Liam O’Connell, runner up ; James & Ann Young, runner up. Back: Cian, Mark & Emma O’Sullivan ; Tom Murphy, Joe O’Sullivan,Seamus Daly ; Shane O’Connell ; David Shiels ; Jack Baudains (Liams nephew) ; Tim Regan ; Thomas & Marian Young. (Photo: George Maguire)

   

The following are the top 30 registered milk suppliers for 2014 based on milk quality in alphabetical order.

Charles Joseph McCarthy,Gortycrossig, Toehead, Castletownsend

Dan & Catherine McCarthy,Lissane, Drimoleague

Denis CadoganCoolboy, Caheragh, Drimoleague

Donie & Mary O’Donovan,Cullinagh, Skibbereen

Francis Coughlan,Scart, Bantry

Francis Keating,Droumnacara, Church Cross, Skibbereen

Jeremiah Coakley,Paddock, Drinagh

James Young,Derryclough, Drinagh

Jeremiah O’Sullivan,Dunscullib, Leap

John & Sandra Maher,Keelnaclasha, Skibbereen

John Moynihan,Shuntullig, Dunbeacon, Durrus

John O’Regan,Kielbronogue, Schull

Joylon Helen,Knocks, Rossmore, Clonakilty

Julieanne Fitzpatrick,Minanes, Drinagh

Kenneth McCarthy,Ballygurteen, Clonakilty

Kieran O’Sullivan,Dunmanus, Goleen

Lawrence O’Neill,Gortbrack, Castletownsend

Liam O’Connell,Currabeg, Skibbereen

Liam O’Donovan,Clohane, Skibbereen

Michael & Marguerite Crowley,Bauravilla Upper, Skibbereen

Michael Og Crowley,Bauravilla, Skibbereen

Michael Russell,Knockane, Drimoleague

Noel Collins,Knockavoher, Leap

Richard Hurley,Stags View, Skibbereen

Richard Jennings,Keelinga, Leap

Robert & Susan Ellis,Curraghlickey, Drinagh

Sean Dineen,Bawnbue, Drimoleague

Tadhg O’Donovan,Ahaguila, Clonakilty

Thomas Roycroft,Gubeen, Schull

    

2014 NDC Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards

2014 NDC Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards
Donal & Carmel O’Connor receiving an award at the 2014 NDC Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. Pictured (L-R): Zoe Kavanagh, CEO National Dairy Council, GAA star Henry Shefflin; Donal O’Connor, Kevin Lane, CEO of the Irish Dairy Board, Carmel O’Connor & Tim Regan, Drinagh Co-op.

2014 Carbery Milk Quality Awards

Award

The 2014 Drinagh Co-Op Winner of the award is:

Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen

The 2014 Drinagh Co-Op runners up are:

Michael Og Crowley, Bauravilla, Skibbereen
Adrian O’Driscoll, Maulathrane, Leap

The overall 2014 Carbery winner is:

Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen

Carbery

We congratulate the three finalists on their remarkable achievement in consistently producing top quality milk. Drinagh Co-op would like to express a special word of congratulations to Kieran O’Sullivan, the overall winner of the Carbery Milk Quality Award.

2014 Drinagh Carbery Awards
The triumphant Drinagh group pictured at the 2014 Carbery Quality Milk Awards presentation ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty. Seated, from left: Donal O’Sullivan, Catherine & Kieran O’Sullivan, Drinagh Co-Op and overall Carbery winners; Donal Tobin, Chairman & Dan McSweeney, CEO, Carbery Group; Mary Crowley, Michael Og Crowley, runner up; Nora O’Driscoll, Adrian O’Driscoll, runner up. Back: Mary O’Sullivan, Cathal O’Sullivan, Tom Murphy, Donal Murphy, David Connolly, Joe O’Sullivan, CEO, Drinagh Co-Op; Seamus Daly, Corney Buckley. (Photo: George Maguire)

The following are the top 30 registered milk suppliers for 2014 based on milk quality in alphabetical order.

Adrian O’Driscoll, Maulatrahane, Leap
Anthony O’Shea, Gories, Bantry
Billy Wolfe, Knockawaddra, Kilmeen
Brendan O’Driscoll, Shreelane, Skibbereen
Dan J. & Catherine McCarthy, Lissane, Drimoleague
Daniel J. & William O’Donovan, Minanes, Drinagh
Donal McCarthy, Gurteenakilla, Ballydehob
Donie & Mary O’Donovan, Cullinagh, Skibbereen
Finbarr O’Sullivan, Rooska, Bantry
Francis Coughlan, Scart, Bantry
Francis Keating, Droumacara, Church Cross, Skibbereen
James Young, Derryclough, Drinagh
John Hunt, Lissacha North, Schull
John O’Donovan, Derrygrea, Drimoleague
John O’Regan, Kielbronogue, Schull

Joylon Helen, Knocks, Rossmore
Julieanne Fitzpatrick, Minanes, Drinagh
Kieran O’Sullivan, Dunmanus, Goleen
Liam O’Donovan, Clohane, Skibbereen
Michael & Marguerite Crowley, Bauravilla, Skibbereen
Michael Og Crowley, Bauravilla Upper, Skibbereen
Michael Russell, Knockane, Drimoleague
Noel & Derek Jagoe, Toughmacdermody, Drinagh
Pat Keane, Caherdaniel, Bantry
Patrick Collins, Knocktaggert, Skibbereen
Richard Jennings, Keelinga, Leap
Sean Dineen, Bawnbue, Drimoleague
Tadhg O’Donovan, Ahaguila, Clonakilty
Timothy McCarthy, Droumusta, Drimoleague
Timothy O’Mahony, Dreenane, Schull

National Finalist, Highly Commended prize for Best Quality

Drinagh suppliers Denis & Rose Collins of Bantry, Co. Cork, received a Highly Commended prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, 2013, for Best Quality supplying less than 200,000 litre.

NDC Quality Milk Awards 2013
Pictured (L-R): GAA star Bernard Brogan; Tom Hayes T.D., Minister of State at the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Denis & Rose Collins and their children, Sara, James and Tommy, and Seamus Daly, Drinagh Co-Op. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.

2013 Carbery Milk Quality Awards

Award

The top three milk suppliers nominated for the 2013 Carbery Milk Quality Awards by Drinagh based on butterfat, protein, T.B.C. and S.C.C. results are:

Donie & Mary O’Donovan, Cullinagh, Skibbereen

Donal & Carmel O’Connor, Reavouler, Drinagh

Sean Dineen, Bawnbue, Drimoleague

The 2013 Drinagh and overall Carbery winner is:

Donal & Carmel O’Connor, Reavouler, Drinagh

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2013 Carbery Milk Awards
The triumphant Drinagh group pictured at the recent Carbery Quality Milk Awards presentation ceremony at Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty. Seated, from left: Gina Bracken, Sean Dineen, runner-up; Donie & Mary O’Donovan with son, Tadhg, runners-up; Dan McSweeney, CEO, and Derry Connolly, chairman, Carbery Group, Donal & Carmel O’Connor, Drinagh Co-Op and overall Carbery winners; Sheila, Jennifer and Michael O’Connor. Back: David Connolly, Seamus Daly, Donal & Angela O’Donovan, Joe O’Sullivan, CEO, Drinagh Co-Op; Brendan, David and Kieran O’Connor, Tom Murphy and Tim O’Regan. (Photo: George Maguire)

National Finalist, Judge’s Award for Excellence in Milk Solids

Noel Collins, Knockavoher, Leap was presented with a Judge’s Award for Excellence in Milk Solids (Spring Herd) at the 2012 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.

Watch this video for more information.

NDC Quality Milk Awards 2012
Pictured at the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards ceremony were (L-R): Niamh O'Donovan, Seamus Daly, Drinagh Co-Op; Henry Shefflin, Noel Collins, Jackie Cahill, Chairman, National Dairy Council; Vincent Buckley, Chairman, Irish Dairy Board and Mary Collins.

2012 Carbery Milk Quality Awards

Award

The top three milk suppliers nominated for the 2012 Carbery Milk Quality Awards by Drinagh are:

Denis Collins, Letterlickey, Bantry

Donal McCarthy, Gurteenakilla, Ballydehob

Oliver Lynch, Coolnaclehy, Skibbereen

The 2012 Drinagh winner is:

Denis Collins, Letterlickey, Bantry

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2012 Carbery Milk Awards
Back row: Tom Murphy, David Connolly, Joe O’Sullivan, Donal McCarthy and Seamus Daly. Seated: Oliver and Shelia Lynch, Derry Connolly, Dan McSweeney, Denis and Rose Collins, co-op winners; Mary Collins. Kneeling: James, Sara and Tommy Collins. Photo: George Maguire.

Judges’ Award for Sustainable Breeding Strategy

Donal & Anne McCarthy from Bishopland, Drimoleague, Co Cork won the Judges’ Award for Sustainable Breeding Strategy at the NDC Quality Milk Awards 2011.

NDC Quality Milk Awards 2011
Pictured at the NDC Milk Quality Awards (from left to right) are Seamus Daly, Drinagh Co-op; Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh who presented the NDC awards; Donal & Anne McCarthy from Bishopland, Drimoleague, Co Cork and Jackie Cahill, Chairman, The National Dairy Council.

2011 Carbery Milk Quality Awards

Award

The top three milk suppliers nominated for the 2011 Carbery Milk Quality Awards by Drinagh are:

Noel Collins, Knockavoher, Leap

Donal & Ann Hegarty, Carrigfadda, Reenascreena

Jason Wolfe, Stouke, Ballydehob

The 2011 Drinagh winner is:

Noel Collins, Knockavoher, Leap

Carbery
Included are, back row: Richard Murphy, Drinagh Co-Op; Maura Collins; Joe O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Drinagh Co-Op; Tom Murphy, Drinagh Co-Op; Derry Connolly, Chairman, Drinagh Co-Op; Vincent O’Regan, Jerry O’Neill, Drinagh Co-Op and Seamus Daly, Drinagh Co-Op; Front Row: Mary Collins, Niamh O’Donovan, Noel Collins, Leap; Dan Mc Sweeney, Chief Executive, Carbery Group; John O’Brien, Chairman, Carbery Group; Ann Hegarty, Donal Hegarty, Reenascreena; Jason Wolfe, Ballydehob and Elaine Reaney.