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GLANBIA names shoshone dairy as
2012 QUALITY PATRON OF THE YEAR
TWIN FALLS, ID – January 14, 2013 – Shoshone’s 4 Brothers Dairy -- owned and operated by the four Fitzgerald brothers -- was awarded Glanbia’s highest honor, 2012 Quality Patron of the Year at Glanbia’s December annual awards banquet. As winners, the Fitzgerald brothers – Andrew, Jerome, Clem and Louie – received all-expense paid tickets to Ireland, Glanbia’s headquarters.
This annual award rotates between small, medium and large dairies each year. This year, 4 Brothers Dairy was selected from the large category with 10,000 cows. This dairy has been supplying milk to Glanbia since 1986.
“As we have grown in size and technology has developed, we have never sacrificed milk quality over the years,” said Andrew Fitzgerald, one of the brothers/partners. “In fact, the quality of milk we produce today even surpasses Glanbia’s high quality standards. We’re pleased to be recognized for the care our employees show to our cows that, in turn, produce some of the very best milk in Idaho,” he said.
In order to be recognized for this award, Glanbia’s milk suppliers must meet strict quality standards over 12 months, paying close attention to all facets of dairy operations.
“4 Brothers Dairy keeps animal care a priority in their operations through preventative health care, vaccinations, corral maintenance and quality, caring employees,” said Russ De Kruyf director of milk procurement at Glanbia. “The cow care they exhibit translates into the production of superior quality milk we’re proud to include in Glanbia cheeses,” he said.
In 2011, 4 Brothers was also recognized for their quality milk, receiving the 2011 Idaho Milk Quality Award from the United Dairymen of Idaho
Other diaries recognized by Glanbia for quality milk include:
Ballard Dairy; Bettencourt Crossbreds; Big Sky Dairy; Box Canyon Dairies #2, 3, & 4; Clarkson Dairy; County Line Dairy; De Kruyf Dairy; Faria Dairy; Franco Dairy; Hay-Del Dairy; Johnston Dairy; Kasper Land & Cattle; Knott Run Dairy; Kows-R-Us Dairy; Lael & Justine Schoessler; Long View Dairy; Magic Milk #3; Pocket Ranch Dairy; R&L Lezamiz Dairy; Rietkerk #1 & #2; Rod Hubsmith Dairy; Shady Grove Dairy; Southfield Dairy #1; Sunview Dairy; T&F Dairy; T-3 Dairy; Ted Barr Dairy; TLK Dairy #3; Toledo Dairy; Turner Dairy; and West Point Dairy.
Glanbia Foods is the world’s largest producer of American-style cheddar cheese with approximately 680 employees in southern Idaho.
4 Brothers Dairy owners receive Glanbia Foods’ 2012 Quality Patron of the Year Award for superior milk production. Pictured from left: Louie Fitzgerald; Denise Fitzgerald; Russ De Kruyf, Director of Milk Procurement of Glanbia Foods; Jeff Williams, President and CEO of Glanbia Foods; Michelle Fitzgerald and Andrew Fitzgerald.