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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!
So what happens when you want to start a dairy but have very limited experience? You try and find as many people as you can, to help you get off the ground!
We were extremely lucky to find a buffalo dairy just outside of Bangkok, Thailand with a wonderful owner by the name of Runchuan, who owns Murrah Buffalo Dairy, to take us around her farm and answer any and all questions that we had. Our trip was set up by Somsak, from Dairyinterline in Bangkok and he played tour guide and translator for us. This was actually Somsak’s first time meeting Runchuan as well.
The phone rings and Lathsavong, Dairy Manager announces that the government would like to come and visit the Dairy tomorrow. In Laos there can be a fair amount of government bureaucracy to satisfy with any business let alone a new industry, so not quite understanding the harassed quality to Lathsavong voice I ask what time they’re due to arrive, thankfully it’s tomorrow afternoon. We have the career fair at the Northern College of Agriculture starting at 8 am tomorrow but if we leave at lunchtime we should be able to make it the 90 mins over to the farm in time for their arrival. So unconcerned am I, that Steven, the Dairy General Manager is having a well earnt day off the next day and asks if he should attend. No, No that won’t be necessary!
It all started innocently enough, a visit to the Northern Agriculture & Forestry College about 45 mins north of Luang Prabang to discuss partnering with the College for research & training purposes with their students. For an Agricultural College surely 200 buffalo being used for the 1 st dairy in Laos must be of interest!
It has been just over two weeks since our first buffalo arrived. This was the beginning of our “mini farm”. The idea of our mini farm was to start our first few months with 5 buffalo so that we could train our staff, perfect our recipes, and get the word out about our business while our main farm gets built.
We are very excited to share our adventure of opening up the first Buffalo Dairy in Laos with you! It has been an exciting process with every day a new challenge or surprise, and we are pleased to say that we are close to our launch!
Our dairy will be located in Muang Khay Village (Ban Muang Khay in Lao language), right on the road to Kuang Si Waterfall! We have been getting everything ready to welcome our first buffalo – our first few will be arriving this week!