Milk producers packed Creamery meeting

First Milk's Campbeltown Creamery.

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A hotel conference room was packed to overflowing with Kintyre milk producers on Monday evening.

The NFUS meeting, at the Ardshiel, was organised following last Tuesday’s news that the co-operative, wholly owned by farmers, First Milk, is to sell Campbeltown Creamery and its factory on the Isle of Arran.

An NFUS spokesman said: ‘There was an excellent turnout of producers supplying Campbeltown creamery, with virtually all dairy farmers in the region represented.

‘It was a very productive and positive meeting with a genuine willingness from milk producers to work with any credible buyer to explore all options.

‘The producers are 100% committed to continuing with dairy production in Kintyre. The good news for the future is that many of those looking to expand and grow their business are also young farmers.

‘All are justifiably proud of the excellent quality and provenance of Mull of Kintyre cheese, along with the Scottish Pride brand.

‘For potential buyers or partners, they wish to highlight that they are a concentrated milk field, all within close proximity to the Campbeltown Creamery, on a grass-based dairy system, with a fantastic story to tell.

‘NFU Scotland will meet with First Milk CEO Shelagh Hancock this week to discuss the terms of the prospectus for the sale of the creamery.

‘Information from that meeting will be fed back to the group before a date for a further meeting of producers is set.’

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