The CellCheck Milking For Quality Awards is an initiative to recognise and reward the excellence of Irish farmers who are currently achieving very high standards of udder health on their farm. An award is given to the 500 milk suppliers with the lowest weighted annual average somatic cell count (SCC) nationally for the previous year’s supply. This year’s awards recognise excellence in the 2018 supply year.

Among the Monaghan’s 23 winners were:

Declan McKenna, Tydavnet

Seamus McKenna, Feebagh, Scotstown

Seamus Corrigan, Drummons, Scotstown

Eugene, Eugene junior, and Brian McGinnity, Scotstown

Stephen Connolly, Scotstown

Eugene McMahon, Ballinode

Trevor Williamson, Monaghan

Francis Sherry, Monaghan

Robert and James McElnea, Monaghan

Patrick, Mary and James Hurson, Smithboro

Walter and Meredith Scott, Smithboro

Darren and Denise McKenna, Emyvale

Kevin McCarey, Emyvale

Christy McKenna, Emyvale

Eamonn McMahon, Stranooden

Joe Larmer, Newbliss

Stephen Boyd, Silverstream

Noelyn Moffett, Ballybay

Gerard King, Ballymackney

Anthony Farrelly, Carrickmacross

Patrick McCahey, Castleshane

PJ McMahon, Castleblayney

Michael Kelly, Castleblayney

Since the inception of the AHI CellCheck awards, the maximum Somatic Cell Count of award recipients has fallen each year from 103,000 cells/ml in 2014 to 76,500 cells/ml in 2018. Based on figures calculated by Animal Health Ireland Cell Check Quick Calculator, the cost of mastitis for a herd averaging 300-400,000 cells/mL is estimated at €186.26/cow/year. For a 100-cow herd, this amounts to a staggering €18,626 reduction in profit. 

The winning farmers were invited to attend the CellCheck Milking For Quality Awards ceremony in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny on the 20th of November to be presented with their Awards. We wish them continued success.