Eddie Doyle (left), from Mooncoin, receives the Green Feed Wheat award from Glanbia Ireland agronomist James Hickey
A Kilkenny farmer has won a top award in the Glanbia Ireland Quality Grain Awards.
Eddie Doyle, who farms near Mooncoin, has been presented with the Green Feed Wheat award.
From barley to beans, the annual awards programme recognises the excellence of the top-class Irish crops delivered by growers each year.
Doyle Produce Ltd is operated by Eddie Doyle who farms close to 900 acres of crops straddling both Waterford and Kilkenny in the Suir valley near the village of Mooncoin. The total area farmed includes 300 acres of potatoes and swedes.
Cereals grown include winter and spring barley and winter wheat. The crop rotation practised on the farm generally consists of a first crop wheat preceded by potatoes and followed by winter barley which in turn is succeeded by a vegetable crop or spring barley. A plough-based system is used to establish the majority of crops on the farm.
Eddie is also a Glanbia milk supplier, running a medium-sized herd from his base at Mooncoin.
The winning crop averaged a specific weight of 77.4kph and 11.1% protein at a moisture of 19.3% across just over 600 tonnes.
Eddie’s Glanbia agronomist is James Hickey.
In Co Carlow, Eamon McGrath, from Milford, won the Seed Barley award, while grower Bobby Miller, from Stradbally, Co Laois, landed the Winter (Cassia) Feed Barley award for his crop.
The overall winners, the Dempsey family from Celbridge in Co Kildare, were amongst 12 suppliers in total who were honoured for their dedication and attention to detail in grain production.
Glanbia Co-op Chairman John Murphy said the calibre of the entrants to the awards is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and professionalism displayed throughout the grain sector. “We are extremely proud of our top-class portfolio of grains and the high quality is a direct result of the pride that our growers take in their work each and every day. The weather often takes a toll on farmers, particularly grain growers, and it was good to note the favourable conditions and excellent yields were matched by strong prices for the 2021 harvest.
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