Our history

Lakeland Dairies has a heritage of success spanning over 110 years.  The modern day Lakeland Group was formed in 1990 through the merger of the then Killeshandra and Lough Egish Co-operatives, established in 1896 and 1902 respectively.  Since then, through a process of organic and acquisitive growth, the co-operative has created a dynamic business as one of Ireland's top dairy processors. 


St. Columcille, who lived in the sixth century is said to have prophesied in his teachings that "all the milk of a parish would be churned in the one churn".   Such practical wisdom is reflected in the ideals of co-operative farming which has strengthened Ireland's economic and social fabric and has made a major contribution to the international reputation of agricultural excellence which Ireland has today.


Building on the experience of over a century,  Lakeland Dairies is one of the key drivers of dairy industry growth in Ireland, providing a sound economic base for producers and laying the groundwork for continuing decades of innovation and progress.