Dairy set to bring fresh milk back to north-east doorsteps
The return of doorstep deliveries of local freshly produced milk has been given the green light.
Invercamy Dairy at Woodhead near Fyvie is run by father and son Alexander and Richard Fisher.
As Richard explained: “Here our heard is predominantly brown Ayrshire cattle on this farm opposed to the black and white Holsteins and Friesians that folk identify with dairy farms.
“It’s a better quality of milk with higher butterfat content.
“The cattle are kept out as much as possible on grass as we wouldn’t have it any other way– at this time of year they are indoors on a mix of feed as its not practical or in their best interest to be outside."
To bring forward delivery the farm installed new machinery to allow bottling to take place on site and as Richard explained: "For full fat our milk isn’t homogenised so you’ll get the traditional cream on top."
With plastics much on consumers mind these days both for recycling and the issue of micro-plastic in the food chain he added: ”The recycling issue of plastics is also a big driver for demand and people are seriously looking at glass as an alternative which is what we are going to do.
“The bottles will be branded with colour caps that people will understand.
“The idea is that for the doorstep delivery there would be a deposit on the glass in the expectation that people will return it and the same in the shop while there is a higher price for buying it on non return.
“The bottle is actually quite a large part of the cost so we hope people will see the investment.”
Following strong local support for the plans last year, the dairy launched an app which has allowed potential customers to register their interest.
As Richard explained: "It has taken longer than we had hoped to get to this point, but the green light has been given and we will be starting with deliveries to shops and businesses in the next two weeks.
"From there our app will finally be taking doorstep pre order's as of next week and we expect to start doorstep deliveries at the end of the month.
"Initially they will be available in built up areas of Fyvie, Woodhead, Rothie, Turriff, Banff, Macduff, Oldmeldrum, Newmacher, Inverurie and Kemnay
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