Bernard and Mary Stanley - a great team
A great story from 1972 and it showed the talents of Ballymakenny man Bernard Stanley.
The farmer won the Premier Dairies Quality Milk Award.
Mr. Stanley achieved a total of 1,088 marks out of a possible 1,200 awarded following laboratory tests on samples taken from the milk supply from his farm at Galroostown.
The award scheme was marked on all milk supplied to Premier Dairies over 300 gallons monthly. The competition had a £585 prize fund.
Bernard had a 100 acre farm and was dairying for twenty-seven years, milking 30 friesians which were looked after by himself and his son, Brendan.
Second prize winner was Mr. Edward Walsh, Derrycamma, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, who had a 60 acre farm with 13 cows and was awarded 1,076 points in the prize scheme.
Mr. Victor Craigie the Managing Director Premier Dairies presented the prizes at the airport hotel.
And I have to mention that behind every successful man, stood a good or clever woman. When Bernard accepted his award, his wife, Mrs. Mary Stanley, member of the Sandpit Guild I.C.A. was praised for her contribution to the winning of the trophy.
“This is the first time the trophy has ever been across the Boyne”, said the proud Mr. Stanley.
My thanks for the information on Bernard and Mary and great to recall the people that made a difference to the area, now some 46 years ago.