A visit to the Irene Estate Dairy owned and managed by the van der Byl’s is a must! You will be charmed with its wonderful farmstall and delicious fresh milk!
This is where the locals, often carrying the old-fashioned gallon pails, purchase their supplies.
The shop is licensed to sell certified milk – raw or untreated milk complying with the same standards as pasteurised milk.
Certified raw milk is milk that comes from the cow into the tank and is colled very quickly to below 3 degrees Celcius. In addition, sellers of certified milk has to adhere to much stricter health and quality conditions than sellers of pasteurized milk. This includes parlour and dairy equipment standards and quality control, health control and regular testing of staff, herd and milk.
Pasteurized milk is milk heated very quickly to above 80 degrees and then quickly cooled to below 3 degrees, and is then ready for the consumer to buy. The heating process kills any bad bacteria that may be present in the milk, but also unfortunately kills many beneficial nutrients, too.
The milk sold at Irene Dairy is tested every week with eight health and nutritional tests. The herd and staff are also regularly checked for transmittable diseases.
Cheeses and other fresh fare are also on sale in the dairy shop, but best of all is the rich, fresh cream resembling clotted cream.
Children love the farm. Be at the milking parlour around 3pm and the kids can see first-hand in the milking parlour how the cows are milked.
After the cows are milked the calves get their share where the kids can help feed the calves, and if you are really lucky, have a ride on the tractor!