Co. Louth farmer Niall Matthews has been re-elected as chairperson of Lakeland Dairies.

Niall Matthews was first elected to his role February 2021. He farms at Tully, Co. Louth, in partnership with his wife Juana, with their son and two daughters.

He was re-elected chairperson of cooperative at the February board meeting of the co-op.

Meanwhile, Co. Down farmer Keith Agnew was re-elected vice-chairperson at the same board meeting.

Commenting on his re-election, Matthews said: “I’m honoured to continue in my role as chairperson of Lakeland Dairies and to represent the 3,200 farm families who supply us with two billion litres of milk annually.

“Working alongside vice-chairperson Keith Agnew as well as the rest of the board and management, we are committed to serving the needs of our farm families and continuing the strong progress we have made to date.”

Vice-chairperson Keith Agnew is a dairy farmer in Newry, Co. Down, where he farms a Holstein-Friesian herd in partnership with his wife Ruth and three sons.

He has served on the board of Lakeland Dairies since the merger with LacPatrick Dairies completed in 2019.

Lakeland Dairies

The business processes two billion litres of milk annually into a wide range of dairy food ingredients, foodservice and consumer products.

The co-op collects milk from over 3,200 family farms across 16 counties north and south of the border.

The cooperative has milk-processing facilities on both sides of the border and exports over 240 products to 100 markets across the globe.

Lakeland Dairies also operates what it describes as a ‘state-of-the-art’ feed mill.

Last week, the co-op announced a brand partnership with one of Ireland’s greatest golfing talents, Leona Maguire, in a multi-year agreement.

The co-op’s logo will now adorn Leona’s official golf bag on all her tour events over the course of the 2024 and 2025 seasons.