A DAIRY farm has converted an old livestock trailer into a mobile food outlet, recouping the £15,000 it spent on the conversion in the first two months of trading.

Owen and Coral Tamplin established a food outlet on their land at Cwmnofydd, Machen, near Newport, when the area became popular with walkers during the 2020 lockdowns.

Owen’s family has been farming for the last 125 years and now produce milk from a herd of 90 pedigree Holstein Friesians alongside running a flock of 200 Lleyn ewes.

Launching a food outlet provided an opportunity to diversify to generate extra revenue.

The Tamplins commissioned a Swansea company to convert an old trailer they once used to transport livestock to market into a modern catering vehicle; it was fitted out with a coffee machine, fridge, freezer and cooking facilities.

The business, The Viaduct 1864, operates next to a viaduct on their land and takes its name from the year that structure was built.

The space is fully-licensed and has hay bales and picnic tables as seating.

Since they set up the business, the Tamplins have added pigs to their farming enterprises, establishing a herd of Gloucester old spot pigs so that they can produce sausages to sell through the food outlet.

From the outset the couple have been keen to support other local food producers; they buy their beef and lamb burgers and bread from a local butcher and bakery and the beer and cider on sale is produced in south Wales; they also host the mobile Castle Farm shop from nearby Bishton.

Owen says running the business has been an “eyeopener”.

“We get paid straight away, that’s something we are not used to as farmers.’’

Coral, a chemistry teacher at Howells Girls School, Llandaff, has cut down her working hours to allow her time to run the business; when she is teaching, it provides employment for two local people.

During the winter the food outlet is open at weekends only but additional activities have been organised at the site, including craft markets and music events.

The family has made the land more accessible for walkers too, creating a one-and-a-half mile circular walking route linking to the well-established Machen Forge Walk route.