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On Tuesday this week a proactive group of Kintyre farmers announced plans to purchase Campbeltown Creamery.
At the time of going to press on Thursday (October 10), the farmers had raised 91 per cent (£45,613) of their £50,000 crowdfunder target.
Introducing a milk levy will also help fund the purchase, while the Mull of Kintyre Milk Supply Cooperative (MKMSC) will also seek external funding.
As well as purchasing the creamery, the committed group is looking to keep the famous Mull of Kintyre cheddar brand and, going by the reaction to the crowdfunding appeal, it is well on target to achieve both of those objectives.
In these uncertain times, it is of utmost importance that we keep our identity through local branding and the Kintyre farmers deserve to be commended and supported in their efforts.
Community buy-outs also play a major role in the Scottish Government agenda and the opportunity to contain milk production and cheese manufacturing within a small radius helps in the context of a low carbon society where communities are strengthened and become more resilient.
Members of this community feel a definite affinity to the Kintyre cheddar brand and I’m sure the majority of us wish the MKMSC all the very best in their endeavours. Let’s hope they are the cats that get the creamery at the end of the day.