Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Co-op members contacted by the Irish Farmers Journal welcomed the imminence of amalgamation proposals, but had questions to be clarified.

“I’d love to see LacPatrick and Lakeland merge, but not at any cost,” said ICMSA deputy president and Co Cavan Lakeland supplier Lorcan McCabe. “We’d be a force to be reckoned with – but not if there is a huge amount of debt,” he added, reluctant to “pay for the inefficiency that LacPatrick carried in the past”.