Elchies Estates Ltd is a family affair run between husband and wife team Brian and Jules and their daughter, Ellie. The land sits in the heart of whisky country just a few miles up the road from The Macallan distillery. Here the family tend a herd of British Boer Goats, Ryeland sheep and even an alpaca or two.
As well as being passionate about animal welfare and husbandry Brian and Jules are keen to share their passion with visitors from all over the world sometimes via organised events such as Open Farm Sunday and other times with ad hoc visits to their farm and on site farm shop.
Jules is well known in the local farmers markets selling British Boer Goat meat cuts and Ryeland sheep mutton and hogget reared the traditional way. Adding value to their produce Brian and Jules have made sausages, haggis and their famous Elchies mutton pies which never fail to delight.
The alpacas delight the visitors to Elchies and Jules proudly informs those who come that alpacas are very particular about their lavatory and “only poo in one place” ! But aside from this startling information she also clips the alpacas for their incredible soft fibres that are spun & then processed locally at Knockando Woolmill to create unique Elchies tartan. This is processed into blankets and fabric turned into scarves, buffs and, this year, the Borealis teddy bear made by Portsoy Bears.
This business is a unique enterprise in its mix of products which make use of local resources and is sold straight from the farm gate as well as at a range of specialist farmers markets nationally. It’s a truly diverse family business underpinned by hard work and a passion for the land.
Beyond the business acumen of Elchies they are also known for their staunch support of the local community..... trips out with the stock trailer where they bring animals to meet children in local schools, care homes and nurseries. Recently they took the goats to meet the children at the Earthtime outdoor nursery near Forres and ran a 6w course with local primary children where each child “had their own goat” for the duration and learned about feeding, biology, showing and they even ran a poo testing session!
Their 2019 events “Kidding around”, “Kidding Chaos” and “Open Farm Sunday” included refreshments and raffles in aid of MND Scotland.