Search for a supplier

More options

Buy NI Food

Search for a supplier

Supplierfinder

By accreditation

By awards

By product type

Browse all categories...

Lakeland boost for Northern Irish milk

Lakeland Dairies, which is headquartered in the Republic of Ireland, has launched a new Dairy Development Programme for the co–operative’s milk suppliers in Northern Ireland. The new programme is aimed at maximising efficiency and profitability on a sustainable basis for the future. It will work in close association with The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).

The new programme was launched on the farm of Alan Irwin, Fintona, county Tyrone, together with Alo Duffy, chairman; Colin Kelso, vice–chairman and Niall McCarron, Northern Ireland Dairy Development Programme, Lakeland Dairies.

Working alongside and across existing CAFRE business development groups, the new programme is designed to further assist suppliers in their improvement of on–farm efficiency, leading to sustainable and profitable growth in their farming businesses.

 
The Dairy Development Programme will use the findings of locally based research that is relevant to the needs of Lakeland Dairies’ milk supplying farmers in Northern Ireland. It includes technical advice on grassland management, milk solids, dairy herd fertility, quality management and sustainable expansion, among other important areas.

A dedicated dairy specialist, Niall McCarron will work with Lakeland milk suppliers in an advisory capacity. He will also provide a planning and technical service to potential new entrants to milk production. The programme will include a variety of workshops, farm walks and open days exploring dairy farm structures and management practices for milk suppliers.

Alan Irwin farms outside Fintona, milking 200 cows. Cows calve all year round and the current herd performance is 7,000 litres per cow with Butterfat at 4.0 percent and Protein at 3.46 percent. Alan plans to expand the herd over the next five years with an aim of milking close to 300 cows by 2023.

 
At the launch, Lakeland Dairies’ chairman, Alo Duffy said, “Lakeland Dairies is a leading exporter of high quality dairy foodservice products and ingredients for food industry customers across the world, using milk produced by our highly valued dairy farmer suppliers across Northern Ireland. I’m delighted to see this important initiative being launched because it’s essential for dairy farmers to be able to make decisions based on solid expertise and advice and that is exactly what our programme is supporting. We welcome the association with CAFRE in the Lakeland programme.”

  Back to all news

Keep in touch!

Subscribe here to BuyNIFood.com for news and upcoming events

Partners

View all

Contact us

View all

Business Development Executive, ROI

Jen Guiney
Business Development Executive, ROI

+44 (0) 28 3839 0142

+44 (0)79 8511 1024

jen.guiney@investni.com

Nigel Hardy
Head of Business Development

+44 (0) 28 9069 8143

+44 (0) 79 6808 6252

nigel.hardy@investni.com

Middle East & Asia

Karl Devlin
Head of Business Development

+44 (0) 28 9069 8225

+44 (0) 77 6739 3316

karl.devlin@investni.com

RoI & GB Foodservice

Drew McIvor
Head of Business Development

+44 (0) 78 1354 4535

drew.mcivor@investni.com

Great Britain

Michelle Charrington
Head of Business Development

+44 (0)78 1717 3514

+44 (0) 78 1717 3514

michelle.charrington@investni.com

Content Manager

Shauna Magill
Editor & Content Manager / Twitter @lovenifood

+44 (0) 28 9069 8764

+44 (0) 78 2516 9125

shauna.magill@investni.com

Business Development Executive, ROI

Jen Guiney
Business Development Executive, ROI

Tel: +44 (0) 28 3839 0142

Mobile: +44 (0)79 8511 1024

E-Mail: jen.guiney@investni.com

 

Nigel Hardy
Head of Business Development

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9069 8143

Mobile: +44 (0) 79 6808 6252

E-Mail: nigel.hardy@investni.com

Middle East & Asia

Karl Devlin
Head of Business Development

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9069 8225

Mobile: +44 (0) 77 6739 3316

E-Mail: karl.devlin@investni.com

RoI & GB Foodservice

Drew McIvor
Head of Business Development

Tel: +44 (0) 78 1354 4535

E-Mail: drew.mcivor@investni.com

Great Britain

Michelle Charrington
Head of Business Development

Tel: +44 (0)78 1717 3514

Mobile: +44 (0) 78 1717 3514

E-Mail: michelle.charrington@investni.com

Content Manager

Shauna Magill
Editor & Content Manager / Twitter @lovenifood

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9069 8764

Mobile: +44 (0) 78 2516 9125

E-Mail: shauna.magill@investni.com

BuyNIFood can help you reach new export markets to grow your business

  • Interested in sourcing award winning innovative Food & Drink products from Northern Ireland?
  • Do you have a product or category gap in your range?
  • Would you like a wider range of competitively priced products?

Choose your region *

BuyNIFood can help you reach new export markets to grow your business

  • Do you want to market your products to buyers outside Northern Ireland?
  • Do you want to make buyers aware of your product USP's?
  • Do you want to ensure that key buyers know about your business and product range?