Lt-Governor learns all about Guernsey Dairy
17 November 2022
Lt-Governor Lt General Richard Cripwell and his wife, Louise, recently enjoyed a presentation and tour of the Guernsey Dairy as part of a series of inductions being hosted by the States Trading Group.
During the visit they learnt how important the local dairy industry is to the island's rural economy and helps to support its biodiversity.
During the tour Andrew Tabel, Guernsey Dairy's Managing Director explained the production process from the point of collection, milk entering the facility, through to packing, testing and despatch by way of the skimming and pasteurisation process.
Mr Tabel said that they were interested to hear about the Guernsey breed and how this has been afforded a high level of legislative protection introduced in the 1800's to protect its genetic integrity. His Excellency and Mrs Cripwell also learned about the sole organic farm, and how the Dairy had worked with all local farmers to achieve industry-wide RSPCA Assured accreditation complementing the 1-star, and 2-star accolades in The Guild of Fine Food's, Great Taste Awards 2021.
His Excellency said: "It's surprising and very impressive to see the amount of work that goes into producing a litre of Guernsey milk, as well as the level of daily testing to safeguard the quality and safety of every product that leaves the Dairy. It's no wonder that it's all so good."
Since moving to the island earlier this year both His Excellency and Mrs Cripwell have developed a taste for Guernsey milk and now drink full cream milk daily. They also enjoy eating Guernsey butter and cream.
During the tour His Excellency and Mrs Cripwell introduced themselves to Dairy staff showing their genuine interest and appreciation of the team and the vital role they play in supplying the island with fresh liquid milk and milk products.
At the end of the tour, they were presented with a hamper of local dairy produce.