Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone milk firm seeking new suppliers along east coast

By Staff Reporter

Strathroy Dairies is openly touting for milk suppliers along the east coast in a move that will bring the Tyrone-based company into direct competition with Glanbia and Lakeland.

The company has confirmed it is interested in hearing from both established and new entrant dairy farmers. Preference will be given to spring calving suppliers in the eastern half of the country, which would suit their current collection infrastructure, said Ruairi Cunningham, who owns the Tyrone-based processor along with his brother Cormac. The Cunninghams accept that moving dairy processor has become more difficult since the advent of milk supply agreements (MSAs), however, the Strathroy boss insisted that farmers still had choice.

"We are not expecting a rush of new suppliers just now.

"But we want to make suppliers aware that there are alternatives to their current processor," said Mr Cunningham.

"Many suppliers are tied into restrictive MSAs, and cannot change that situation for a couple of years.

"However, they need to put in their notice to change."

Belfast Telegraph