Laos Buffalo Dairy– One example of this is Laos Buffalo Dairy, a dairy farm which rents buffalo from the surrounding farmers to vaccinate, nourish, and milk them. They produce a variety of delicious buffalo milk products at the same time as providing instructions to local farmers on how best to care for the animals, as well as the benefits of milking buffalo as a source of protein (which is especially important considering the impact of malnutrition on the country), all whilst delivering a source of sustainable income for the farmers.
On 22nd of September it was World Clean Up Day and some of the Laos Buffalo Dairy Team pitched in.
Millions uniting worldwide to call for a waste-free world!
Whatever image comes to mind when you think of Laos, a beautiful sparsely populated nation in Southeast Asia, delicious cheese probably isn’t one of them. Yet in 2014 when a mid-life crisis propelled Rachel O’Shea, Susie Martin and Steven McWhirter to leave their expat postings in Singapore and settle in beautiful Luang Prabang, cheese was definitely on their minds.
Although buffalo milk is very nutritional—it’s actually higher in calcium and protein than regular cows’ milk and lower in cholesterol too—these cheese-loving aficionados soon realized that in this land chock full of buffalo, a dairy industry was non-existent.
Most people, when they are missing comfort food while travelling, arrange for care packages to be sent from home, or just suffer in silence. Not so Susie Martin and Rachel O'Shea – to satisfy their cravings for cheese, they started a dairy.
And not just any dairy, but a buffalo dairy. In Laos. All without any farming experience.
Each day a lot of wonderful people visit us and we are very grateful for all the positive responses we get from you guys!
Sometimes stars from The voice cross our gates, other times vloggers that discover Luang Prabang. Check out this video about our beautiful city. Starting 3:30 you will be taken on a virtual tour around Laos Buffalo Dairy
Another accomplishment for all of us here at Laos Buffalo Dairy. People from Portfolio magazine covered Luang Prabang in this month's issue and guess who's mentioned in there. Exactly! Your truly, Laos Buffalo Dairy.
It’s official!! We have our first crossbred buffalo at Laos Buffalo Dairy!
We are happy to announce that the Artificial Insemination breeding program that we did back in December 2016, with our esteemed Laos vet Dr. Som, was a success!
On 2nd November, two of our team members escorted a buffalo and her crossbred baby in from Thinkeo Village. The buffalos belong to Thinkeo Village Chief, Somlit, who is a very big supporter of Laos Buffalo Dairy, bringing us his buffalo and helping us with some of our building and crazy falang (foreigner) ideas.
This has been very busy few weeks at Laos Buffalo Dairy. Our international veterinarian specialist from Holland, Ronald van Giesson has been here helping us with all of the buffalo and procedures on the farm.
But that isn’t all! We were lucky enough to have a world-renowned buffalo specialist from Thailand, Dr. Ohm, come and visit us as well to help with an Artificial Insemination program for the buffalo
We made the news again.
Not long ago Luang Prabang news came to visit our dairy and we got 13 minutes of news report on the local TV. If you would like to see it, here it is.
So... Rachel started making burrata and when she proudly told us we had no clue what that was.
But do not upset the chef, seems like she knows what she is doing. After a short google search we all were: aaaa, burata, sounds absolutely delicios! Now we can talk about it. Yes please, make some more.
What is burrata
You might still be asking. Basicaly mozzarella, but creamy and runny when you cut into it. The recipe goes something like this:
- you take some of the curd before you stretch it
- chop it up
- mix it with cream
- and make a pancake of more curd
- put the chopped curd inside like a purse.
Everyone had to taste the delicious burrata and we all were really pleased with it. It's great for breakfast, in salads and milion other combinations.
We drooled on this recipes and hope that our dear Rachel will test them all!
And also, if you are in Luang Prabang on the 15th of July, we plan to participate in the market in the gardens at Sofitel. We will be selling what we have that night.
Have you ever try burrata before?
Ok, ok, he’s the ex-president of Laos, but still!
On 7 December 2016, the Ex-President of Laos, Choummaly Sayasone, came to visit our dairy. How much warning do you get when a dignitary of this level comes to visit? Not much! The week before we were informed that he would be coming at the end of the next week. Great!
Life at the farm has some nice perks! One of them is having so many cute animals around us all the time!
Since July lots of selfies were taken so we decided this should be a trend. So many types of selfies out there, none of them with a buffalo?
The initiator was definitely Stephen, who took the 1st buffalo selfie on our first milking day!