Grain award winners

Farm families honoured at Glanbia Ireland Quality Grain Awards

10 June 2020
Ingredients News

Excellence and attention to detail were the key hallmarks of the growers who we recognised earlier this year for their top-class Irish grain.

Grain growers Ross and Alison Hendy of Cloncrane Farm were the winners of the Glanbia Ireland Grain Supplier of the Year Award for 2019. The couple from Clonbullogue, outside Tullamore, Co Offaly, were among 10 suppliers honoured for their top-class Irish grain at the event held in Kilkenny on Thursday, 20 February, 2020.

Glanbia grain growers set the standard

Glanbia Chairman Martin Keane congratulated the suppliers whose commitment to quality were recognised at the ceremony. “Grain farmers have had to contend with difficult weather conditions in recent years, and 2019 was no different. Yet, despite this, our award winners have continued to set high standards for others to follow.

“It is clear that the production of high-quality grains continues to be of paramount importance to our growers.”

The Hendy family farms approximately 450 acres, with their crop mix including winter wheat, winter barley, winters oats and grass. They operate a plough-based system on land types which vary from loam to heavy clay.

Maria in Oat Field

Glanbia Ireland invests significantly in Irish Grains

Glanbia Ireland’s Director of Ingredients Aoife Murphy told the growers at the awards ceremony that the company has made significant investments in facilities and the marketing of Irish grains in recent years.

“We are continuously looking at new opportunities to add value to grain and increase the premiums paid to growers for specific grains. The state-of-the-art food-grade facility in Portlaoise has played a key role in producing a high-quality and traceable product that offers a strong premium."

Aoife Murphy

“Looking to the future our new €15m R&D centre in Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny will increase our capabilities, utilise synergies across the business and allow us to bring new products to the marketplace.”

The winning combination

Ross Hendy's pride in his family's work, and their detail-oriented approach to grain farming, is what made him stand out as the overall winner.. Producing quality high-yielding crops that leave a margin is of keen importance on the Hendy holding. A strong soil health and fertility programme is followed on the farm.

It is the food-grade oats that the Hendy farm grows under contract for Glanbia Ireland which landed the top prize. The winning crop, which was the variety Barra, averaged a specific weight of over 60kph at 16.3% moisture across 108 tonnes.

Congratulations to all our winners

Glanbia Grain Awards – category winners 2019

Contracted Winter (Cassia) Feed Barley Michael Garry, Ballylevin House, Ballylevin, Killeigh, Co. Offaly
Malting Barley Patrick and Majella Cummins, Horeswood, Campile, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Green Feed Barley Delahunt Brothers, Ballinaclough, Wicklow
Dried Feed Barley Quigley Agri Contracting Ltd, Kildangan, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare
Seed Barley Patrick J Hoynes, Carrigloney, Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny
Green Feed Wheat Joseph O’Donoghue, Glasmerry House, Herbertstown, Stamullen, Co. Meath
Dried Feed Wheat Mervyn McCann, Bert, Athy, Co. Kildare
Seed Wheat Ballymacken Farm Ltd, Ballymacken, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Food Grade Oats Cloncrane Farm Ltd, Cloncrane, Clonbullogue, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Green Feed Oats Niall O’Connell, Grangebarry, Fethard, Co. Tipperary

Glanbia Ireland is the largest buyer and user of Irish grains. Our total grain intake for 2019 stood at 205,000 tonnes, almost 60,000 tonnes or 40% ahead of the previous year.