Jersey cow draws crowds of visitors
THE Island’s only independent dairy farm is holding events to educate visitors about the Jersey cow.
Darren, Julia and their son Chas Quénault, of Manor Farm in St Peter – the home of the Classic Herd – are hosting visits from German tourists, with as many as 80 people turning up each week.
They are also on the itinerary of school parties from Normandy and Brittany on educational visits to the Island. A recent visit by students from Etenclin College in Normandy was organised by Maison de Normandie.
‘It is a case of trying to educate them all about the Jersey cow, why she is so special, how she makes milk and what we use it for,’ Darren Quénault said.
Manor Farm was the first dairy producer in the Island to introduce an automated milking system through which computer-controlled robotic equipment, and not people, milk cows.
‘They also get to see the cows being milked by robots and they get to see how we use the milk to prepare our dairy products from the viewing area of our processing room,’ Mr Quénault added.
‘Then they get to taste the products in our farm shop, so it is a way of promoting farms as tourist sites and we get referrals from Visit Jersey and Genuine Jersey.’