CURDLED DREAMS? “THE PLIGHT OF DAIRY FARMERS VS. OUR LOCAL DAIRY” by Rosemary Parkinson

{EDITOR’S NOTE: I still think Pine Hill’s UHD is okay, but at the same time I do respect the right of entrepreneurs, so while PHD is attempting to bring around a profit they can appreciate – should it be at the expense of the very folk who help them out?}

Love it. First OUR LOCAL DAIRY tries to fool the people with their so-called fresh milk that was not fresh but some new-fangled bad-tasting excuse for milk that could last on a shelf for 90 days.

When the people screamed, OUR LOCAL DAIRY thought they could fool even more people by putting same into the coolers of supermarkets but the taste remained the same and no matter what OUR LOCAL DAIRY did for marketing, nothing worked.

CEO of OUR LOCAL DAIRY says consumption not like it used to be…well Sir WHOSE FAULT IS THAT, PRAY TELL???? You admitted that people used to drink more milk in the past…so you gave yourself the answer one time but just in case you still doan get it. WHEN THAT HORRIBLE MILK DID NOT SELL, WHY DID YOU NOT TAKE YOUR LOSSES, SCRAP DE PROCEDURE AND REVERT TO THE REAL MILK THAT HAD BEEN SELLING WELL FOR YEARS EH??? Oh! No! No!…you believed that we the people would soon get over our disgust and begin the consumption of what you felt we had to consume whether we liked it or not. Perhaps your marketing man should have heeded my words at BMEX when you first launched there and he insisted this milk was “fresh from the cow“…for I said clearly...THE PEOPLE WILL NOT LIKE THIS...YOU WILL LOSE!

It took awhile to sink in…and then outta de blue…without much pomp…you tried in a most limp manner to re-introduce a fresh milk but de people dem by then had lost faith in your marketing…everyone wondered what was in there this time? Ya try to fool some of de people dem, some o’de time, but ya cyan’t fool all de people, all de time. Simple ting.

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN STRONGLY. But still instead of doing the right thing, you gine punish we....yes...you will punish the country...by your decision to buy less milk and force dairy farmers to cut back production and therefore their herd AND THEREFORE THEIR EMPLOYEES, SOME OF WHOM HAVE BEEN WORKING THESE FARMS FOR YEARS AND WHOSE FAMILIES RELY ON THIS MONEY TO FEED AND CLOTHE AND EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN.

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN STRONGLY. But still instead of doing the right thing, you gine punish we….yes…you will punish the country…by your decision to buy less milk and force dairy farmers to cut back production and therefore their herd AND THEREFORE THEIR EMPLOYEES, SOME OF WHOM HAVE BEEN WORKING THESE FARMS FOR YEARS AND WHOSE FAMILIES RELY ON THIS MONEY TO FEED AND CLOTHE AND EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN.

….and to add insult to injury…what a lot of people en’t know is that our local dairy has been playing “Let’s take a roller coaster ride” with dairy farmers for a long long time now lowering the contracted price as they feel and further…”increase the herd” “decrease the herd” “increase the herd” no no no “decrease the herd”…perhaps LOCAL DAIRY your real goal is to just close down the dairy farming industry in this country in order to allow for the importation of powder milk from China et al or wait…maybe…maybe…could it be? No! I do not want to believe it…PHD from a parent company in a neighbouring island eh? No! Never! Bajans would not do that to Bajans. But it is food for thought one has to admit! SHAME SHAME SHAME.

Perhaps this is the time for A NEW CO-OPERATIVE DAIRY that will purchase the farmers production of the good old fashioned milk we were accustomed to in the past. A CO-OPERATIVE WHERE FARMERS ALSO HAVE DAIRY FARMERS TIME TO GET TOGETHER...GO BACK TO GOOD OLD ORGANIC GRAZING.....GIVE US THE GOOD STUFF AND PUT OUR LOCAL DAIRY OUTTA THEIR MISERY. GOAT FARMERS JOIN THE DAIRY FARMERS WITH GOAT MILK....PERHAPS YOU BOTH CAN CREATE YOUR OWN PASTEURIZING PLANT (get an EU grant). DESIGN GREAT LABELS, ORGANIZE SOME COOL MARKETING AND BRING BACK THE REAL THING INTO OUR DIETS. Using both these milks, we could also have great yoghurt, incredible cheeses...AND STOP ALL THE DYAMNED IMPORTS!!! I PUT MY ENERGY WHERE MY MOUTH IS AND WOULD BE PREPARED TO HELP HERE.

Perhaps this is the time for A NEW CO-OPERATIVE DAIRY that will purchase the farmers production of the good old fashioned milk we were accustomed to in the past. A CO-OPERATIVE WHERE FARMERS ALSO HAVE DAIRY FARMERS TIME TO GET TOGETHER…GO BACK TO GOOD OLD ORGANIC GRAZING…..GIVE US THE GOOD STUFF AND PUT OUR LOCAL DAIRY OUTTA THEIR MISERY. GOAT FARMERS JOIN THE DAIRY FARMERS WITH GOAT MILK….PERHAPS YOU BOTH CAN CREATE YOUR OWN PASTEURIZING PLANT (get an EU grant). DESIGN GREAT LABELS, ORGANIZE SOME COOL MARKETING AND BRING BACK THE REAL THING INTO OUR DIETS. Using both these milks, we could also have great yoghurt, incredible cheeses…AND STOP ALL THE DYAMNED IMPORTS!!! I PUT MY ENERGY WHERE MY MOUTH IS AND WOULD BE PREPARED TO HELP HERE.

We got ‘nuff money floating ‘bout on this island but those who have it seem to not have any creativity imbedded in their DNA. If I had money (and perhaps a certain very wealthy dairy farmer might just take noteWE DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO GOVERNMENT FOR EVERY LITTLE THING) this would be what I would invest in big time. Cheese is not difficult to make…and experts are already here who can teach locals…and if they do not want to…bring in a few from Italy…New Zealand wherever…we bring in experts to talk sh*te and do nothing…bring in some for a change with an agenda…an agenda to give us the knowledge to create all manner of products from dairy…de guy in these photos makes an incredible butter right here…and garlic spreads…some with dried local tomatoes…delicious yoghurts – savory or sweet with our local fruit! And what about beautiful Gelato ice creams (I know a young man in Italy who would come here like a shot to teach the latter and he knows our fruit, did all the studies, and has used them all in ice cream + more…!) WE ARE IMPORTING STUFF WE CAN MAKE HERE. Does not take a rocket scientist…just a government who would do all in its power to give us the food security we need so desperately at this time.

LAWD, I GET SO VEXED AT THOSE WHO GOT IT AND PUT IT INTO CONCRETE INSTEAD OF INTO FOOD!!!

By the way...I have been EATING THE FABULOUS CHEESE MADE BY THIS ITALIAN (perhaps he could work as a consultant...who knows?) FROM GOAT'S MILK purchased at HOAD FARMS with COW'S MILK FROM GREENWICH FARMS...have documented the making of same in my book - Barbados Bu'n-Bu'n. For months now I have been drinking delicious fresh cow's milk from Greenwich Farms (just call and collect or get same every Sunday at Holders Farmers Market)...have been at the farm, seen the whole procedure...the cows graze like cows should...milk is taken from them under the most hygienic of systems...and for the first time in ages I have begun to enjoy milk to the fullest...'cause it is totally delicious, even got all that lovely thick cream at the top! So? Bet if great high quality milk and its by-products were on the shelves well packaged, with a marketing thrust behind same...the people would buy. How about “Shock Your Parents, Demand Milk!”

By the way…I have been EATING THE FABULOUS CHEESE MADE BY THIS ITALIAN (perhaps he could work as a consultant…who knows?) FROM GOAT’S MILK purchased at HOAD FARMS with COW’S MILK FROM GREENWICH FARMS…have documented the making of same in my book – Barbados Bu’n-Bu’n. For months now I have been drinking delicious fresh cow’s milk from Greenwich Farms (just call and collect or get same every Sunday at Holders Farmers Market)…have been at the farm, seen the whole procedure…the cows graze like cows should…milk is taken from them under the most hygienic of systems…and for the first time in ages I have begun to enjoy milk to the fullest…’cause it is totally delicious, even got all that lovely thick cream at the top! So? Bet if great high quality milk and its by-products were on the shelves well packaged, with a marketing thrust behind same…the people would buy. How about “Shock Your Parents, Demand Milk!

IT IS CERTAINLY WORTH A TRY BEFORE YOU BUCKLE UNDER THE PRESSURE OF GREED. Just my gut feeling….for life can be simple and there is always an answer to stupidity. Or is there? Sometimes I do wonder!

And now further…the news that farmers might have to or are considering dumping milk…now really really really….why not give same to all the schools, the children’s homes, the homes for the elderly, both government and private eh? That little idea not on anyone's agenda? You rather just throw it all away? Are we following the ways of the US here? And the same goes for farmers that cannot get rid of their produce…every thought that those in need might be so happy to receive? FRESH FOOD SHOULD NEVER BE DUMPED!!!!

And now further…the news that farmers might have to or are considering dumping milk…now really really really….why not give same to all the schools, the children’s homes, the homes for the elderly, both government and private eh? That little idea not on anyone’s agenda? You rather just throw it all away? Are we following the ways of the US here? And the same goes for farmers that cannot get rid of their produce…every thought that those in need might be so happy to receive? FRESH FOOD SHOULD NEVER BE DUMPED!!!!

I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF OUR DAIRY FARMERS REFUSED TO SELL OUR LOCAL DAIRY ANY MILK FOR ONE WEEK BUT INSTEAD GAVE IT AWAY? OR SOLD IT REALLY REALLY CHEAP TO PEOPLE AND/OR INSTITUTIONS…ALL IT NEEDS IS A BOILING IF YOU FEEL THAT THE MILK WOULD BE SAFER…

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  1. I am still of the opinion that Barbados could have (as it did in the past to a point) the best dairy products evah from such milk as above. If I had not tasted what can be done here, and rated them as good as any produced in Europe, I would be just talking outta me head. Please note I said Europe…I ent seh US ’cause I am still to taste something from that country that has a natural taste although it is always claimed loudly on the packaging…..’natural chemicals’ more like it…sad enough!.

    Just think: Fresh milk, delightful tasty and good-for-ya fresh milk – some flavoured with real chocolate, vanilla (bring these in from islands that grow and produce in its raw form), butter (real honest to goodness real butter that has not travelled thousands of miles to get hey…normal, salted, unsalted, garlic, herbed), cheese (does not mean one has to stop the favoured New Zealand for ‘we cutters’ and ‘macaroni pie’ if that is a concern) such as cottage cheese (made already by the Hoads with goat milk, also by Crystal Sands Farm the latter includes Goat Moss in her offerings)… gourmet cheese using produce such as peppers, fruit, spices etc within – the variety is endless …see the book Nyam Jamaica and the story on Joanna Bulova’s successful business in Portland and all the wonderful cheeses she makes from goat milk reared on an organic farm selling to hotels and restaurants in Kingston! Then there is Yoghurt, Quark (a by-product of milk used in Germany for breakfast – divine intervention and so good for you). Buttermilk for hotels to make their pancakes for visitors. The list of possibilities is endless. One just has to have a creative foodie-mind…something that an island based on tourism, and now beginning to realize the money in ‘foodie-destinations’ still does not seem to have…we still think that people will flock here to taste Chemical America in our foods.

    We real missing the boat big time over and over and over again. But then…maybe I sleep and wake with a dream in my head and that is to see the Caribbean producing ‘clean’ products, importing and exporting within the islands, that would put us on the food map of the world.

    Maybe I sleep and wake with the dream in my head that if other islands do not want to begin the procedure to achieve this…Barbados can!

  2. very well written article spelling out everyone’s thoughts. As a dairy farmer could I beg all Bajans to please help us and you can all do this by drinking a pint of milk a day, use the milk in your cooking and remember the health benefits. Children need milk to grow into healthy adults. Women need milk to stop their bones crumbling and lastly men should drink milk instead of rum to make them nicer people!! Thank you everyone for supporting us we need all the help we can get or there will no milk produced locally and how sad will that be going backwards in time. One Love

  3. Excellent article

  4. My daughter was brought up in Barbados and drank copious amounts of fresh milk every day. She was recently here and purchasing the UP (Ultra Pasteurised)milk from Pine Hill. I didn’t hear any comment from her, so I asked what she thought of it. She thought that it was fine, and I think so too. What we have above is tantamount to hysteria about a product that tastes a little different because it has been heated to kill bacteria, thereby giving a longer shelf life. Rosemary has been promoting the purchase of raw milk in its place, which is fine, so long as the drinker is aware of the risks. To that she would respond that you could boil it if you were worried. NEWS! Boil it and it will taste like the UP milk from PHD. I am in no way claiming that PHD is blameless in their introduction of this product to the market and their subsequent marketing, but for Heaven’s sake, buy the PHD fresh pasteurised milk if you don’t like the UP. PHD is a business, not a hobby. Presumably it wants to get its products into export markets, and to do this requires a milk with an extended shelf life. The competition from Nestle in Trinidad is formulated from powdered milk. UP milk from PHD is a better product, by far. My feeling is that the glut of milk in PHD’s warehouse is down to slow export markets, and yes, to the fact that there is much less spoilage and waste with the UP milk. I support fully a local dairy industry, and would like to see some better by-products than those currently being offered. This hiatus hopefully will give PHD the incentive to branch out further.

  5. As I have now read everyone comment, I feel I should write few notes about this. In answer to Ian, about boiling milk… It is not that simple.
    There are numerous known and unknown benefits “and risks” in drinking raw milk. I think the difference cannot be told just by a one off tasting.
    You should also know that homogenized milk is not that safe either. To make it simpler having raw milk, heated at 65 C , is far better and digestible than any other pint of white water supplied by PHD ( I made yogurt ad cheeses with both milks…you don’t want to know…)

    I think this dear government should take a step back( maybe return all gifts received…)
    And start looking after barbadians, because a government exist only if people want to!

    I am very depressed to see this things happening
    Where there is no future prospective.
    Dear government, the equation is very simple

    Bad diet = weakness = illness = hospitalization = “you paing the bills”

    Wake up!!

  6. Rosemary Parkinson wrote this, not me… Look at Byline in Title

  7. Does anyone have a number for Crystal Sands Farm?

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