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New Chairman elected at Lakeland Dairies

Niall Matthews, via Carrickmacross, Co. Louth, has been appointed Chairman of Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society Ltd. Mr. Matthews was elected to the Board of Lakeland Dairies in 2017.

Niall Matthews
Chairman of Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society Ltd.

Mr. Matthews succeeds Aloysius Duffy who has served with distinction as a Board member since 2010 and as Chairman since 2014.

Meanwhile, Andrew McHugh, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford, has been appointed Vice-Chairman. Mr. McHugh was elected to the Board of Lakeland Dairies in 2016. Mr. McHugh succeeds Colin Kelso who has served with distinction as a Board member since 2013 and as Vice-Chairman since 2016.

Alan McCay, Dunamanagh, Co. Tyrone, was re-elected Vice-Chairman, where there are two holders of this role on the Board. Mr. McCay joined the Board of Lakeland Dairies in 2019.

Commenting on his appointment, Niall Matthews said: “I am very honoured to be appointed Chairman of Lakeland Dairies and on behalf of the Board and members of the co-operative, I warmly acknowledge and express our appreciation for the ongoing contribution of both Alo Duffy and Colin Kelso to the growth and development of our society over many years and wish each of them continuing success in their dairying enterprises. Working with the Vice-Chairman, Board Members, CEO and Management of the co-operative, I look forward to the continuing strong progress of Lakeland Dairies.”

Lakeland Dairies also announced a milk price for January this week. In the Republic of Ireland, a base price of 32.34c/litre (including VAT / Lactose) will be paid for milk supplied in January. This is the same base price as December. The normal out of season bonus of 5 cpl applies for January. A special unconditional Lakeland Bonus of 1 cent per litre (plus VAT) will also be paid on all January milk (and this was also paid for December and November milk). In Northern Ireland, a base price of 26.55p/l will be paid for January milk. This is the same base price as December. In addition, a special unconditional Lakeland Bonus of 1p/litre will also be paid for all January milk (and this was also paid for December and November milk).

With the spring calving season commencing on many of the farms in the Lakeland Dairies region, the co-operative said that dairy markets are broadly steady. In the main, commodity prices are unchanged with a general stability in the market at present. Prices for main powder and butter products are on par with recent times and steady in the main. There are concerns, however, over the increased volume of milk production in the United States.

The foodservice market continues to be hampered by Covid-19 with hotels, airlines, restau­rants and the fast service market segment still largely closed across Europe.