Guernsey Dairy's high quality products are a result of the pride and care that our farmers take in looking after a world class breed of dairy cow in this unique island environment.
In 2022, the Guernsey farming community, the cows they care for and the milk they produce, achieved an historic milestone. The dairy industry, which includes the island's dairy farms and Guernsey Dairy, received a full RSPCA Assured seal of approval, demonstrating higher levels of animal welfare in local milk production. The island's dairy industry is only one of two producers in the British Isles to have achieved this certification.
Guernsey sits in the English Channel, benefiting from the shelter of France and a perfect balance of cold and warm temperature flows. The deep, loamy soils formed by windblown sand and sediments settling on our granite bedrock provide rich pastures for our cows.
The island measures just over 15,000 acres but here in Guernsey we like to be different. We measure our land in 'vergees' - so that's 38,660 vergees for us...
Nearly half of Guernsey is devoted to agriculture and our 11 dairy farms make up most of this.
All our fields are modestly sized and surrounded by historical earth banks and stone walls that are preserved to let traditional wildflowers flourish.
This means our farming and production scale is small and non-intensive. We don't over work our precious land and our farmers, as custodians of the countryside always manage the land with biodiversity in mind.
Our dairy farming community spans generations. In the 1950's Guernsey had around 400 farmers each with around only 5 dairy cows. Today, we have 11 working dairy farms and just over 1,250 milking cows producing around 7.6 million litres of liquid milk to the Dairy a year.
Our RSPCA Accredited farmers embrace the latest technology, adhere to the highest hygiene standards with their animal's welfare and the island's heritage always in mind.
They are self-proclaimed 'custodians of the countryside' and part of the Guernsey Countryside Management Scheme which was created to improve wildlife, animal welfare and environmental protection aspects of the farming industry. It encourages farmers to maintain and manage traditional pastures and wildflower meadows without the use of fertilisers or herbicides to encourage biodiversity, reduce pollution and conserve wildlife.
All our farmers share a commitment to our 'Guernseys', the community, and producing fantastic milk whilst all bringing something different to the industry.