For the first time in the three-year history of the competition, Ashford Dairy in St John has won a Pine Hill Dairy Quarterly Milk Quality Award. The dairy was named winner of the second quarter award which is given to the farmer with the best quality milk for the respective quarter.
“We’re very happy and grateful for this award. Of course, the staff has worked very hard to achieve this,” said Ashford Dairy’s owner, Brian Allan. “We’re committed to maintaining the high quality of milk for which the Barbados dairy industry is known.”
Speaking on the status of the local dairy industry, Mr Allan said it has been a productive year for his farm, despite concerns among the industry about the lack of rainfall. He also reiterated concerns raised by President of the Barbados Beef and Dairy Farmers, Annette Beckett, earlier this year regarding the availability of forage. “We haven’t had very much rain this year and I expect that forage will become an issue in December or January,” said Allan. “People aren’t storing the forage like they have done in the past. They’re just cutting and feeding to the animals right away, so I can see some challenges arising towards the end of 2018.”
Meka Dairy Ltd., located in Porters, St. James, won the first quarter award. The third quarter winner will be decided in October, while the fourth quarter winner, and the overall 2018 winner, will be announced at the annual awards scheduled for February 2019.