Western Farming Development Co-Op was first registered as an Agricultural Organisation on October 22nd 1965. It started out as a Co-Op purchasing Pigs and Fattening them and is now involved in Retail Sales, Farming and Forestry, catering for farmers, builders and everyone in between.
Its rapid growth has seen a new, state of the art showroom and yard constructed in 2013 and opened by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. The Co-Op provides a top-class service to the surrounding areas in Co. Mayo with an impressive range of stock both in-store, and on-site.
It specialises in agricultural supplies including but not limited to fuels, feeds, and farming accessories. It also offer a large selection of building and construction products.
As well as that, Western Farming Cooperative offers everything from farming supplies, to animal and petcare solutions. Feel free to check out our Store Gallery, give us a ring on 094 93 65033 or 094 93 66591 or even simply visit us in store where our staff will be more than happy to help you out.
- History of Balla Co-op
In the 1960’s Irish Agriculture was experiencing difficult times. Mayo farmers were looking for ways to increase their incomes. One of the most profitable small farm enterprises had been that of pig rearing. Interest was expressed in the development of a commercial pig fattening enterprise in a central location. Contact was made with the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society now ICOS. As a result of the work of ICOS various groups came together and agreed to pool their interests in favour of establishing one major facility.
Western Farming Development Co-Op was registered on October 22nd, 1965 as an agricultural cooperative. Following an extensive share capital drive, work commenced in the Summer of 1968 on the erection of accommodation for 1,000 pig places. Work was completed in February 1969. A further two houses were added 1972/1973. Western Farming operated the business of pig fattening for many years. It was leased for a time but is currently not operating pig production. In 1973 a shop was opened and redeveloped a number of times.
In May 2013 the society commenced the construction of a new store and having undertaken its business in a building on site recommenced operations in its new facility in July 2013. The building and yard was officially opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on November 11th 2013. The modern, user friendly store stocks a comprehensive range of animal feeds, animal remedies, tools, fencing equipment, household goods, clothing, footwear, pet foods, oils & lubricants, diesel & kerosene and much, much more.
- Western Farming Co-Op Members
Manager: John Conway
Assistant Manager: Enda Staunton
Staff: Michael Coughter, Padraig Earley, Tim Lavin, Alan Murphy, Niall Hughes & Shane Conway provide a top class service, informing and advising customers.
Management Committee: Francis Brennan (Chairman), Michael Moran (Vice-Chairman), John Noel Walsh/Padraig Cunnane (Secretaries), Jimmy Hughes & Tom Hayes (Treasurers), Michael Murphy (Development Chairman), Anthony McNicholas, Matt Slattery