Lakeland Dairies has rolled out a new series of measures to help halt the spread of COVID-19 as well as protecting the health and wellbeing of farmers and customers.

For customers of the Lakeland Agri stores in Longford Town, Lough Egish and Monaghan Town, new Perspex screens have been installed to create a strong sense of contact distancing between staff and customers.

This is on top of clear protocols aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19.

These include:

  • Limiting the number of customers permitted in a store at each time.
  • A necessity to wash hands before entering the store.
  • A call and collect service for customers who require it.
  • The need for customers to remain in their vehicles while purchases are loaded.
  • Lakeland has also produced an informative video and sent it to farmers outlining the contact distancing protocols in place at the Lakeland Agri stores.

    Mark Delahunty, general manager of Lakeland Agri, has paid tribute to staff and customers for their patience and goodwill.

    “This is a difficult time for everyone in society. At Lakeland Agri, and across our network of stores as well as at our feed mill in Lough Egish, we are playing our part to help curtail the spread of COVID-19. The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff are our absolute key priorities.

    “Our stores remain stocked and, with our clear protocols, we are operating efficiently.

    “We also assure our customers that we continue to deliver bulk feed deliveries on time to our customers, and ask customers to observe our delivery protocols and social distancing from our delivery staff,” he said.

    Milk collection

    Keeping milk collected in a safe and hygienic manner on farms is a key priority for Lakeland Dairies. Clear protocols on milk collection have been issued to farmers in recent weeks.

    Farmers have been asked to have hand-washing facilities in place for hauliers with soap, hot water and paper towels plus a bin for disposal. Farmers are also asked to thoroughly clean all surfaces that the milk haulier encounters such as the handle of the dairy door plus all necessary areas on the bulk tank.

    All contact between farmer and haulier must be avoided, it advises. Lakeland Dairies hauliers have received training and guidelines on how to safely collect milk on farms.

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