Lakeland Dairies has announced that the former Fane Valley milk processing factory at Banbridge will be switched to a ‘‘seasonal processing schedule from September onwards’’.

According to chief executive Michael Hanley, the Banbridge plant will be retained as a fully working site that operates from February/March to September. There will not be any processing of milk on the site during the autumn and winter. This is similar to the situation in Lakeland’s milk powder plant in Lough Egish and casein factory in Killeshandra.