Visit to the Dairy Farm

A friendly kid.

A friendly kid.

Limpopo Dairy started out with a few cows and customers in 1979. Now they supply milk and yogurt as well as all of the goat’s milk and cheese for our province (Limpopo)! Our resourceful teammate discovered that their farm is only 45 minutes from our villages, so we took a field trip there yesterday!

We saw the cows milked, the stalls for the calves, the goats and their kids, and saved some money purchasing dairy products from their little shop. Unfortunately their factory was under construction, so we couldn’t actually see the cow-to-carton process, which I think would have been very interesting. But maybe we’ll go again when the kids are older!

The milking stanchions from an observation deck.

The milking stanchions from an observation deck.

The milking stanchions.

The milking stanchions.

Trying to corral our own herd for a picture in front of Limpopo Dairy's sign.

Trying to corral our own herd for a picture in front of Limpopo Dairy’s sign.

As good as it gets.

As good as it gets.

It was a hot day!

It was a hot day!

So tired afterwards!

So tired afterwards!

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I'm Amy, a missionary wife and mother of four children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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6 Responses to Visit to the Dairy Farm

  1. Rachel says:

    What a neat educational field trip! I would love to find out what they feed the animals and how they are raised as we are just learning about large lots of cows here and how they are cared for by most large scale dairies in the USA… We have lost over 80 percent of our dairies in the USA just since 1979 and most cows that give milk don’t ever see a field of grass and live on constant antibiotics… I am so curious if the dairies in South Africa are the same. I know TMI but I just can’t help be interested in how men are caring for their beasts since our families are all eating from them 🙂 Hugs to you all!

    • Amy says:

      I did ask, but I doubt the tour host completely understood what I was getting at. He said they don’t inject them with anything, and all they get is in what they eat. So then I asked what they eat. 🙂 It sounded like everything was pretty natural, but…it was hard to tell. Some dairy companies here label their milk jugs if they don’t use hormones, but this dairy doesn’t. However, the tour host said they don’t give them anything to make them give more milk. ?

  2. Sheryl says:

    What a fun day! You always have the greatest photos.

    I have to admit that the photo of kids sharing a seatbelt has me a bit squeaked out. Crash tests have shown that when two children ride buckled into one seat belt, their heads crash together if there were to be an accident, with potentially fatal force. Not that there are a whole lot of options where you are, but it really is scary stuff.

  3. Sounds like so much fun! I loved to see all the pictures with you and your littles. Melinda’s baby has gotten big!

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  5. Christie says:

    So fun! And the pictures are adorable!

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