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Goldcrop Grower Awards 2014

Posted: 13 Nov 2014

Tuesday 11th November 2014

Goldcrop Grower Awards 2014

Goldcrop honoured its top quality seed growers at a special awards ceremony in Kilkenny today. Louth tillage farmer John McGrane from Dunleer was presented with the Overall Quality Seed Grower Award by Goldcrop Managing Director, John Murphy.

Goldcrop, Ireland’s largest seed assemblers and distributors (I.S. EN ISO 9002 Certification) have over 170 professional seed growers covering the main tillage areas throughout the country. Many of these growers have been producing seed for Goldcrop for over 20 years. Their professionalism and dedication to quality ensure Goldcrop can access a continuous supply of top quality seed barley, wheat and oats each year.

Presenting the overall quality winner, Mr. Murphy congratulated John on his achievement. He said, “John runs a very efficient and high performing operation which always consistently produces top class seed for Goldcrop. This year alone he was a provider of eight individual varieties across four crop types, which epitomizes the commitment John has given on our behalf to deliver to a consistent high quality end result. This quality award scheme duly acknowledges John and indeed all our dedicated seed growers for their hard work and commitment”.

All of our eight category winners and those short-listed are of the very highest standard not alone in Ireland but in Europe. Receiving a quality seed from our growers is key to us at Goldcrop and we are very proud of all our seed growers.”

The chosen overall winning crop grown by John McGrane was LUMOS Winter Wheat which produced a yield of 11.75 tonnes per hectare (4.7 tonnes per acre) with moisture of 16.5 % and a bushel weight of 76.1KPH.

Commenting on the award scheme head judge Andy Doyle, Tillage Specialist with the Irish Farmers Journal said, “These awards recognise the very high calibre of growers involved in certified seed production and help portray realistic yield potential targets for all growers. The yield and quality levels produced by the winning growers in the 2014 Goldcrop competition are a credit to all involved in the sector.”

Goldcrop Category Awards were also presented to the following:

  • North Spring Barley: John Malone, Carlingford, Co. Louth
  • North Winter Barley: Alan Bothwell, Carlingford, Co. Louth
  • North Oats: Dermot Hoare, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • North Wheat: John McGrane, Dunleer, Co. Louth


  • South Spring Barley: Christy & Kathleen Ring, Cobh, Co. Cork
  • South Winter Barley: David Tait, Whitegate, Co. Cork
  • South Oats: John Murphy, Rathcoole, Mallow, Co. Cork
  • South Wheat: John Kennefick, Ballycotton, Co. Cork