Monthly Archives: October 2013

    UL Alumni Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award 2013


    Dr Edmond Harty UL Alumni Awards 2013

    Dairymaster’s CEO Dr Edmond Harty was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Agriculture Industry at the 8th Annual UL Alumni Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, 19 October.

    Speaking from the UL Alumni Awards Gala Dinner, UL President Professor Don Barry said “To the three alumni award recipients here this evening I want to say that through your endeavours as UL alumni, you continue to build on the prestige of this institution. And that is one of the things of which we are most proud. You are among those who give inspiration to our students and ambition to our graduates. The Alumni Awards illustrate every year that ambition is worth having. Each of our recipients is respected and successful in their field and this success stems from the pursuit of excellence matched with the UL spirit. I warmly congratulate Edmond, Dolores and Aongus on their Awards.”

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    National Dairy Council & Kerrygold Quality Milk Award 2013

    National Dairy Council & Kerrygold Quality Milk AwardThe search stared in March this year to find a dairy farmer worthy of the prestigious National Dairy Council & Kerrygold Quality Milk Award. The award is to recognise Dairy farmers who set the benchmarks  in improving standards and techniques which drive top quality milk production.

    This year Professor Paddy Wall, associate professor of Public Health at University College of Dublin; Dr Jack Kennedy, Dairy Editor at Irish Farmers Journal; and Dr David Gleeson, Milk Quality Research with Teagasc have the tough job of judging the contestants.

    The judges will visit each of final contestant’s dairy farms and take the following into consideration before they pick an overall winner;

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    Perpetual Graham Norton Creativity Award 2013

    “You could say I’m a failed actor.” Not how most people would describe Graham Norton but it is how he described himself to the students at IT Tralee. Graham was opening the Dairymaster Digital Media Centre and presenting the 2013 Perpetual Graham Norton Creativity Award.

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    Ploughing Championships 2013

    Dairymaster had a great time at the 2013 National Ploughing Championships which included events such as the “Udder Race” and our CEO Dr Edmond Harty getting presented with the Newstalk Business Person of the Month Award. The weather was good throughout the week and nearly a quarter of a million visitors made their way to Stradbally to enjoy the atmosphere, events, competitions and take a look at the exhibition stands. With over 1,400 exhibitors vying for visitors’ attention Dairymaster attracted huge crowds.

    The Dairymaster  “Udder Race” challenged visitors to see who could milk the most cows in the shortest time with all proceeds going to Pieta House. The challenge proved pretty irresistible and attracted huge numbers. The winner managed to clock up a time of 14 seconds equivalent to over 1000 cows per hour. An “udderly” brilliant result!!

    Apart from testing their milking skills, visitors to the Dairymaster stand also got to see our range of hi tech, innovative products including Milking Equipment; Automated Feeding Systems; Manure Scrapers; Cow Health & Fertility Monitors and Milk Cooling Tanks.

    Among those taking a look at how we are making farming more profitable, enjoyable and sustainable were Aidan Cotter, CEO of Bord Bia and Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc.  Gerry also tried his hand at the Udder Race and revealed some impressive milking skills. It was also great to have Kieran O’ Dowd Macra, Tom Ryan Teagasc and Darragh McCullough participate in the race. Read more »