Despite some fears that it might be difficult to hold the LacPatrick milk pool together while a proposed merger deal with Lakeland is finalised, it appears that the vast majority of LacPatrick suppliers have remained with the co-op.

In total, the amount of litres lost since the proposed deal was announced at the end of June is thought to be only around four to five million, which is only a fraction of the total pool – estimated at close to 600m litres.