1. Grass is grown in the pasture. This is a field covered with grass and other small plants suitable for grazing animals. The dairy cows spend most of their day in the field foraging, which makes up the largest portion of their diet.
2. Dairy farmers feed and care for their cows. A dairy cow can eat up to 45kg’s of food a day. A balanced diet is made up by a nutritionist including a combination of forage, grain, mineral supplements and protein-rich feeds such as soybean meal. It is important to keep the cows healthy and happy, so they live long and productive lives.
3. Cows need to be milked two or three times a day. Milking machines provide a light suction that pulsates to gently allow the milk to release. The milk comes out of the cow's udder at about 37 degrees celsius. It then goes into large storage tanks where it is cooled down very quickly to minimize the growth of bacteria. It is a relief for cows to empty their udders, so they often line up on their own to have their udders cleaned and to be milked.
4. The milk in the storage tanks gets tested to ensure it's safe. It then goes into insulated tanker trucks to be transported from the farm to Douglasdale Dairy’s processing plant.
5. At the Dairy, the milk is tested again. Once the milk has passed all the quality and safety tests, the milk gets Pasteurized & Homogenised.
Pasteurization is the process of heating milk up and then quickly cooling it down to kill harmful bacteria.
Homogenization is the break down of fat molecules in milk so that the fat is evenly distributed in the milk. Without homogenization, fat molecules in milk will rise to the top and form a layer of cream.
6. At Douglasadale Dairy, we make a range of different products. Using milk, we make Amasi, Fresh Cream and Buttermilk. These products including Full Cream, Low Fat & Fat Free milk are packaged into sachets and various size 250ml, 500ml, 1L, 2L & 4L jugs.
7. The dairy products are then loaded into refrigerated trucks and transported to the shop. Douglasdale Dairy have an inland distribution reach servicing the Johannesburg, Vereeniging, Pretoria, Middelburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Rustenburg regions.
8. Customers buy Milk, Amasi and Cream at the shops. Remember to buy enough product to have at least three servings of dairy foods every day. 9. At home, a variety of different meals, baked goods & drinks can be enjoyed using our dairy products. See our recipe page for more information.
10. Keep your dairy products refrigerated below 5 degrees celcius at all times! This will ensure that your product stays fresher for longer.
1. Grass grows in the field
2. Cows eat the grass
3. The cows are milked
4. Milk is collected from the farm. It is taken to the processing plant.
5. At the processing plant, the milk gets pasteurised and homogenised.
6. Milk is bottled or used to make dairy products.
7. The milk and dairy products are taken to the shops.
8. We buy milk, amasi and cream at the shop.
9. We enjoy milk, amasi and cream at home.
10. Always put milk back in the fridge.