Scottish Buffalo Mozzarella from the Buffalo Farm
We are in the process of launching Scotland’s first authentic Scottish Buffalo Mozzarella.
It’s always been part of the vision and we are now looking at an ambitious development programme to turn our dream into a reality.
It’s been a busy year for us with our mozzarella plans and we’re pleased that things are progressing well.
Last year, we were awarded grant funding from Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme to put towards the project – this will see a purpose-built facility for dairy farming with the production of Buffalo dairy products and our flagship Buffalo Mozzarella (see above drawing).
**SPOILER ALERT – MOZZARELLA UPDATE**
Don’t read any further if you don’t want us to spoil upcoming episodes of This Farming Life!
Due to the success of This Farming Life, we’ve been inundated with enquiries about our mozzarella project. As the programme was filmed last year and things have since changed, we wanted to be open and honest about where we’re at with our plans.
Whilst we still have the grant in place (mentioned above), unfortunately our original funding plan didn’t materialise and so we had to go back to the drawing board.
The Buffalo from Holland
The hardest part of this which broke my heart, was that we ended up having to sell our 90+ buffalo we had bought from Holland.
Because our timeline for the mozzarella project wasn’t going to plan, it was going to prove too difficult to keep them over the winter and there were also care issues with regards to milking them – to summarise briefly, the buffalo would have had to have been milked by a certain time and unfortunately we didn’t have the facilities to do so.
I hope you saw from the clips on the programme how much I care about these amazing animals and so I had to think about their welfare first and foremost – this meant keeping them wouldn’t have been the right thing to do.
So, where are we now?
We’re currently in advanced talks with new financial backers as well as the banks and everything still looks very exciting – we should have an update on our position in the next few weeks.
Plans for the New Facility
We have had to rethink plans for our new facility and be more practical on what we can deliver. Our main focus still is, and always will be, to offer the highest quality buffalo mozzarella and we will not compromise on that. The only compromise we’re making is on our original plan to move our entire operations to the new facility – instead we are looking to keep our current operations at Boglily and dedicated the new site purely to our mozzarella project.
Fantastic Support – thank you!
We’re still receiving fantastic notes of interest from a number of retailers and specialists from all over the UK and this is really pushing us to make this happen. Plus, the amount of support from our loyal customers and the farming community has been amazing and continues to drive my commitment to delivering this project.
Look out for upcoming news soon.
Thanks again for all your support,
We are also looking into Crowd Funding as an option – if you would be interested in being part of our vision of being the first Scottish producer of Buffalo Mozzarella, please sign up to our funding email list and we will keep you up to date - fill out the form below.