Last weekend brought the end of an era for Fane Valley Co-operative as the society set up in 1903 ceased its involvement in milk processing.

With effect from 1 May, the business of Fane Valley Dairies has been acquired by Lakeland Dairies Co-op. This deal replaces the strategic joint ventures announced last August, under which it was proposed that two separate mergers would bring together the dairy and agricultural supplies businesses of the two co-ops without any cash payment. Both joint ventures have been dropped.