By Dan Walsh
Two Wexford growers are among the winners of the Glanbia Ireland 2020 Grain Supplier of the Year awards. Congratulations to Philip Murphy, Ballykerogue, Campile, the Green Feed Beans champion and Michael Cloney, Curracloe, winner of the Dried Feed Barley title.
Philip Murphy farms a mixed farming enterprise of tillage, suckler beef and calf-to-beef with his wife Margaret and the main crops grown on the farm are winter barley, winter wheat, spring malting barley, spring beans and fodder beet.
Michael Cloney farms in Curracloe and over the years he has built up the area farmed to 1,200 acres on which he grows a range of crops including winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, winter barley, spring barley, malting barley, feed oats and gluten free oats.
Wexford-based Glanbia Ireland Chairman John Murphy congratulated the growers whose excellence and attention to detail are recognised as central to the exceptionally high standards in the industry, as evidenced at the latest awards. He looks forward to a promising year ahead.
“Grain farmers across Ireland continue to produce extremely high quality grains, albeit in very challenging weather conditions over the past number of years. 2020 was no different with 60% more than average rainfall and high winds wreaking havoc in the south and south east, particularly in August. Despite all of this, our award winners and their fellow growers excelled and have raised the bar even further this year,” said Mr. Murphy.