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New package for agricultural co-operatives

Co-operatives UK, the trade body for Britain’s thousands of co-operative businesses, is to launch a new membership package for agricultural co-operatives at the Oxford Farming Conference this week.

The package has been designed following consultation with some of the UK’s leading farmer owned businesses and builds on the specialist advice services that Co-operatives UK provides to agricultural co-operatives large and small.

The agricultural package offers a range of specialist services for farmer owned businesses across the whole of the UK:

  • Tailored support, with a focus on ensuring that agricultural co-operatives have the right skills, processes and policies in place for governing large, successful businesses
  • A national voice to lobby government and key industry bodies, together, on key issues facing farmer owned businesses
  • Access to a unique network of agricultural co-operatives, through which members can share ideas, best practice and innovations

Data, published in a new report, shows that the agricultural co-operative sector is the second largest segment of the UK’s co-operative sector. There are 621 farmer co-operatives listed in the UK with approximately half of the country’s farmers – some 155,000  – members of these farmer-owned businesses. Together their combined turnover is £6.2 billion.

The UK’s largest agricultural co-operatives by turnover include Openfield Group, Fane Valley and Arla UK and the model is prevalent throughout the industry, with particular strengths in agricultural supply, dairy, horticulture and crops.

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said:

“From joint marketing to collective purchasing, agricultural co-operatives are supporting farm businesses across the country by delivering significant benefits and cost savings to their members.

“The industry as a whole is going through turbulent times. Our new package addresses the particular needs of the UK’s agricultural co-operatives, from specialist governance and membership advice to lobbying on legislation that makes it as easy to run an agricultural co-operative as any other business.”

For more information about Co-operatives UK’s agricultural package visit

Top 25 agricultural co-operatives by turnover

PositionNameNo of membersTurnover
1Openfield Group Ltd3,893£709, 820,000
2First Milk Ltd1,317£610, 500,000
3Fane Valley Co-op Society1,974£533,935,000
4Arla Foods UK1,562£454,263,000
5United Dairy Farmers Ltd1,721£443,155,000
6Mole Valley Farmers Ltd8,000£407,793,000
7Anglia Farmers Ltd2,919£241,988,883
8Berry Garden Growers Ltd59£212,851,452
9Fram Farmers Ltd1,126£184,536,378
10United Oilseeds Marketing Ltd2,861£180,390,065
11GrainCo Ltd1£165,587,658
12Agricultural Central Trading Ltd4,168£116,114,659
13Woldmarsh Producers Ltd793£113,484,182
14United Farmers Ltd21£100,123,470
15Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative Ltd200£88,710,000
16Brandsby Agricultural Trading Ltd4,234£78,399,633
17Ballyrashane Agricultural & Dairy Society222£77,847,305
18G’s Growers Ltd25£74,340,000
19Scotlean Pigs Ltd89£68,068,951
20Tarff Valley Ltd1,019£64,011,648
21Yorkshire Farmers Livestock Marketing Ltd267£59,378,937
22Fresh Farm PO Ltd8£55,751,242
23Long Clawson Dairy Ltd126£54,860,000
24Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Farmers Ltd6,304£50,003,984
25Speciality Produce Ltd13£45,828,686

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