0.5cpl 'Better Future' payment for Lakeland suppliers

0.5cpl 'Better Future' payment for Lakeland suppliers

Lakeland Dairies chief executive Colin Kelly; Niall Matthews, Lakeland Dairies chairman; and Monaghan footballer; and Lakeland Dairies supplier Darren Hughes on the Hughes’ family farm in Co Monaghan launching the co-op’s Sustainability Incentive Payment.

Lakeland Dairies will pay an extra 0.5cpl for suppliers who meet a series of actions set out in its new farm sustainability strategy.

The strategy, which is entitled Farming for a Better Future, focuses on rewarding Lakeland Dairies’ 3,200 farm families for taking positive actions on their farms through a new three-year Sustainability Incentive Payment, which will run from 2024 to 2026.

The Sustainability Incentive Payment has been designed to support suppliers in reducing the carbon footprint of their dairy enterprise while delivering benefits for water quality, biodiversity, soil health and animal welfare.

The Sustainability Incentive Payment is open to all Lakeland Dairies milk suppliers, with the first payments to be made for milk supplied from January 1, 2024. Those wishing to take part must submit their application within the next week, by Friday, December 15, 2023.

Commenting on the Sustainability Incentive Payment, Lakeland Dairies chairperson Niall Matthews said: “The success of the co-operative movement is rooted in sustainability. Long-term prosperity for dairy farm families is at the core of everything we do at Lakeland Dairies. Our farmers have already shown tremendous leadership in adopting new technologies and practices to improve their environmental sustainability. We are now stepping up our ambition.

“Building on current initiatives and programmes, we are committed to exploring new avenues of innovation and we are actively engaging with our stakeholders to shape a sustainable future for Lakeland Dairies and the farm families who we serve.” 

Eamon Duignan, General Manager of Lakeland Dairies Member Relations, said: “Lakeland Dairies suppliers have already shown they are clearly engaged with the need to take actions to support biodiversity and improve our climate credentials.

“Our new Sustainability Incentive Payment has been designed to build on the strong start and actions being made by farmers while ensuring the measures are verifiable and credible. Many of the actions our milk suppliers are being asked to do as part of this programme are already being carried out on many farms today.

“Adopting sustainable measures at farm-level is a critical part of safeguarding dairy farms for future generations. We will work collectively and collaboratively with our farmers on this journey.” 

Niall McLoughlin, Farm Sustainability Lead with Lakeland Dairies, said: “The actions we take on our farms will ensure that we continue to be world-class producers of food while clearly demonstrating our commitment to sustainability.

"Lakeland Dairies has a clear ambition to achieve a 30% reduction in the carbon footprint of milk production by 2030. This will be done while protecting and improving both water quality and biodiversity, safeguarding the health of our soils whilst maintaining the absolute highest standards of animal welfare.

“The measures Lakeland Dairies suppliers will carry out as part of the Sustainability Incentive Payment reflect the most up-to-date scientific advice and will help ensure farms remain environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.” 

  • Applications can be made via the farmer portal at lakelanddairies.com. For assistance with the application process, suppliers can contact their local milk advisor or call a dedicated helpline on +353 (0)42 9694359.

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