Friday 21 September, 2018

Dairy farmers credit success to hard work

A confident Barry Bishop, is congratulated by PHD’s Farm Liaison Officer, Jeremy Brereton.

A confident Barry Bishop, is congratulated by PHD’s Farm Liaison Officer, Jeremy Brereton.

Dairy Farms, Meka Co. Ltd., and Bishop’s Farm, have been recognised for producing the best quality milk to Pine Hill Dairy for the first and second quarters of 2017, respectively.

PINEHILL’s Best Quarterly Milk Quality Awards forms part of PINEHILL’s Farmers’ rewards and recognition programme. The farmer with the best milk quality for each quarter receives a commemorative certificate and complimentary PINEHILL milk or juice.

Dairy Operations Manager at The Pine Hill Dairy, Lorenzo Roach, credits the initiative with challenging farmers to continuously improve the overall quality of their milk supply. “Despite the continued challenges that face the local dairy industry, the commitment of dairy farmers has ensured that Barbadians can continue to enjoy milk that complies with both local and international standards.” 

He has also pledged the Dairy’s commitment to working with suppliers to continuously improve the standards of their product, for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. 

First quarter winner, co-owner of Meka Co. Ltd., Annette Beckett, is a first-time winner who was pleased that her farm’s hard work had been recognised. She credits the win to the collective efforts of her employees. “Dairy farming relies on consistency, what you do today must be constantly repeated in the later months,” she said. “It’s our workers who ensure that these standards are always maintained.”

Meanwhile, Barry Bishop of Bishop’s Farm is no stranger to the winner’s circle. This most recent prize marks the fourth quarterly award he’s won in the last two years. He also received the Overall Award in 2016. Mr. Bishop believes that his success is the result of a focus on sanitation and nutrition. “Those are the secrets to everything in the dairy industry,” he said.

A total of 17 farmers supply the Dairy with milk. The third quarter award winner will be announced in November 2017.