Strathroy goes head to head with Glanbia and Lakelands for suppliers
Strathroy Dairies are openly touting for milk suppliers along the east coast in a move that will bring the Tyrone-based company into direct competition with Glanbia and Lakelands.
The company has confirmed that it is interested in hearing from both established and new entrant dairy farmers.
Preference will be given to spring calving suppliers in the eastern half of the country, which would suit their current collection infrastructure, said Ruairi Cunningham, who owns the Tyrone-based processor along with his brother Cormac.
The Cunninghams accept that moving dairy processor has become more difficult since the advent of milk supply agreements (MSAs), however, the Strathroy boss insisted that farmers still had choice.
"We are not expecting a rush of new suppliers just now. But we want to make suppliers aware that there are alternatives to their current processor," said Cunningham.
"Many suppliers are tied into restrictive MSAs, and cannot change that situation for a couple of years. However, they need to put in their notice to change," he explained.
"Suppliers may not wish to change processor at all. But if they do not give notice, they are really restricting their options. Strathroy is keen to explain what it has to offer," he added.
Strathroy has an existing base of close to 160 farmers in the Republic supplying close to 86m litres.