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Tynet farm needs your votes for victory in Food Hero battle

By Alan Beresford

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A MORAY area farm is hoping local support will propel them all the way to victory in a national competition.

Gordon Whiteford, pictured here at the farm shop, is hoping local support will help Lower Mill of Tynet Farm to victory at the #FoodHeroScot awards. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Gordon Whiteford, pictured here at the farm shop, is hoping local support will help Lower Mill of Tynet Farm to victory at the #FoodHeroScot awards. Picture: Becky Saunderson

Lower Mill of Tynet Farm, which is run by Gordon and June Whiteford, are vying for top spot in the #FoodHeroScot awards.

These seek to promote sustainability in Scotland’s food and drink industry, with the Food Hero title going to those who are leading the way towards this goal.

The Whitefords run a dairy farm and are also well known for the farm shop which sells a variety of fresh, organic produce including award-winning eggs and their own milk. The couple have built a vending machine style shop offering a wide range of produce, including the chance to make your own flavoured fresh milk.

At the moment the farm is sitting in the top three and a final push of votes between now and the deadline this Sunday could be the difference that pushes the Whitefords to triumph.

Mr Whiteford said: “We’re really chuffed to be in the running, especially as many of our competitors are based in the Central Belt where there’s a far bigger population.

“I think people round here are far more supportive of their local businesses and we’re really grateful to have been nominated.

“We came here in 2012 and started the vending machine for eggs six years ago.

“Last year we started the new shop and added our milk to the products we sell last year.

“The shop’s been busy and adding milkshakes in August has really boosted it.”

The Whitefords are also at the vanguard of a diary resurgence in the area, as Mr Whiteford explained.

“We’re the only farm in Banffshire to have started milking cows again; the industry has been getting pushed down to Ayrshire and Dumfries where the climate is more suitable.

“There’re only two dairies in Morayshire; we’re the only one in a 40-mile radius and we’re the only one in both counties where you buy milk from.”

To vote for Lower Mill of Tynet Farm, visit www.foodheroscot.co.uk

Mr Whiteford, who is originally from Ayrshire where he was brought up on a diary farm until the age of 10, is passionate about animal welfare and the environment and spent a year studying best practice across the world through a Nuffield Scholarship.

He is now applying these new techniques in both the farm’s egg and organic feed production which not only helps to improve the environment but also produces higher quality produce.

After studying Agricultural Business Management Mr Whiteford then got support from the Prince’s Trust to get his organic egg business, Highland Eggs, off the ground.

From there, a tenancy with Crown Estates has meant he has been able to build a packing facility on Lower Mill of Tynet farm, which is mixed cattle and arable, allowing him to be in charge of the whole process.

Find out more about the farm and what it has to offer at their website – www.https://lowermilloftynet.co.uk/ _ or follow their Facebook page.

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