Kendal Dairy top in quality
Business may not be booming like it was about two years ago, but Barbados’ largest dairy farm has kept its quality consistent, earning it the second quarter Pinehill Dairy Best Overall Milk Quality Award.
The Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal Dairy, which boasts close to 400 cows, captured the award which is in its second year following a revitalization of the programme. The certificate and complimentary product were presented to the team of dairy farmers, John Dundas and Shawn Quintyne, at the company’s Kendal Plantation, St. John location today.
In the first quarter, Paul Davis of Walkers Dairy and Alfred Bovell of Rockless Enterprises took the award.
Chief executive officer of Kendal Dairy, Stephen Williams, who has been with the company since 1979, told Barbados TODAY he felt good that his farm received the award, adding that it was long overdue.
“Our milk has always been top quality. We go out of our way to make the milk as clean and good as possible. We do everything humanly possible to make it right,” he stressed.
The farm’s operations began in 1966 in Foster Hall, and later moved to Water Hall before relocating to its current location in Kendal, St John.
It currently has 393 cows, and another was born just before the Barbados TODAY team departed the location this afternoon.
However, Williams said while they were currently milking just over 140 of the cows, he would like that number to increase to at least 190.
He added that business has not been as good as he would like, especially in the last two years.
“Because of the drought over the past two years, we have had problems feeding the cows and the shortfall in the forage is reflected in the lack of production on the milk farm, because we are not producing as much milk per cow as we used to,” Williams said.
“It is a gradual fall. We used to average about 25 kilos per cow, per day and we are now doing about 19 kilos.”
Since Pinehill Dairy opened in 1966, Kendal Dairy has been supplying it with milk. It provides the beverage company with approximately 3,000 litres of milk daily.
At the end of this year, Pinehill Dairy will reward the farmer with the best overall milk quality for 2016 with a plaque and gift.