From grass to glass

    Posted on 24 August 2020

    Lower Mill of Tynet Farm have recently launched their new dairy business, selling milk direct to customers on the farm. The farm received support from Moray LEADER to develop the new enterprise, as part of their Tynet Milk Vending project.

    The project has enabled the construction of a new farm shop by the farm entrance to allow customers easy access to the on-site produce. The shop houses the milk vending machine, as well as an egg vending machine already installed on the farm. There are further plans - following the completion of the Moray LEADER project - to upgrade the existing egg vending machine and to install a further vending facility for vegetables. Thus providing a one-stop-farm-shop for many family necessities.

    The dairy cows at Lower Mill of Tynet are cared for using an innovative cow-with-calf system, which is only run on a handful of farms in Scotland.

    Farmer, Gordon Whiteford, confirms: “It’s a cross between a suckler system and a dairy system,”

    “After the cows get milked in the morning, the calf goes with its mother and they are separated again when they come in at night.”

    Gordon advised that this system was higher welfare as it is stress-free for the calves.

    The new business venture has been an immediate success and the farm is now having discussions with local restaurants and cafes, with a view to supplying milk to them. This is in fitting with the Moray Local Development Strategy objective to "build stronger local supply chains for Moray food, including fish, farm and game products."