Mayo farmer recognised for dairy farming excellence

Patrick O’Boyle from Knockmore who was awarded the Most Improved SCC prize at the Aurivo Milk Quality Awards

Patrick O’Boyle from Knockmore who was awarded the Most Improved SCC prize at the Aurivo Milk Quality Awards

The 10th annual Aurivo Milk Quality Awards recognised the standard of excellence in dairy farming by Aurivo suppliers in the region. The Awards highlight the dedication and commitment of Aurivo milk suppliers for their milk production in 2016.

Patrick O’Boyle from Ballina was acknowledged for his contribution to dairy farming excellence at the awards ceremony held at the Radisson Hotel Sligo. He received the award for the Most Improved SCC from 2015 to 2016. O’Boyle began milking in 1999 at his farm in Knockmore. Today, he milks 39 Holstein Friesians on his 40 acre farm. He credits his improved somatic cell count to the adoption of good farm practices; the use of teat seal technology, and culling of persistent high cell count cows.

Speaking at the awards, Aaron Forde, chief executive of Aurivo, said: “With over 1,000 milk suppliers Aurivo is very proud of its quality milk pool and committed supplier base, in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. The Milk Quality Awards highlight the excellent standard of milk produced by Aurivo farmers on a daily basis. I would like to congratulate Patrick on his success and Aurivo is proud to have him as a milk supplier. We look forward to working together with Patrick and all our suppliers to strengthen our market position both nationally and internationally.”

Commenting at the awards, Pat Duffy, chairman of Aurivo, said: “Milk of the highest standard and excellent quality is the core of our foundation at Aurivo. 2017 marks the tenth year of the Milk Quality Awards which recognises and acknowledges the standard of excellence in dairy farming across the region. Congratulations to Patrick on his continued success, hard work, and dedication.”

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