He and his wife Louise learned how one of Guernsey’s oldest industries has been the mainstay of island life over the years, how important the local dairy industry is to the rural economy, and how it supports biodiversity.
‘It’s surprising and very impressive to see the amount of work that goes into producing a litre of Guernsey milk, as well as the level of daily testing to safeguard the quality and safety of every product that leaves the Dairy,’ said Mr Cripwell.
‘It’s no wonder that it’s all so good.’
Since moving to island earlier this year, the Lt-Governor and his wife have developed a taste for Guernsey milk and now drink full cream milk every day, and are fond of Guernsey butter and cream.
During the tour, Guernsey Dairy’s managing director Andrew Tabel explained the production process, starting from the point of collection to milk entering the facility, through to packing, testing and despatch by way of the skimming and pasteurisation process.
They also heard about the sole organic farm, how the dairy worked with local farmers to achieve industry-wide accreditation, complementing one and two-star accolades in the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards 2021.
Mr Tabel said that the Cripwells were interested to hear about the Guernsey breed and how it had been given legal protection in the 1880s.
At the end of the tour, the Lt-Governor and Mrs Cripwell were presented with a hamper of local dairy produce for their dinner table.