In Focus: Alban Dairy

Post by Fajer Ahmed

This isn’t a law post but I asked Mark if I could post it and he was ok with it. I was grocery shopping at Sultan Center last year when I found a farmers market stand and what caught my attention were the Alban Dairy products. I fell in love with the brand and I wanted to see the farm for myself but due to my tight schedule I only got to do so last week. It took us around an hour to get to Yasmin Farms where Alban Dairy operates from. As soon as we walked into the farm we spotted a cute little shop that sells a wide range of dairy products, spices, dried fruits and baked goods. Their prices are good too and their banana muffin was delicious.

Their business development executive (Bader) was hospital enough to takes us on a lovely tour around the farm. Our first stop was the cow barn as it was milking time. The cows are milked daily at 6AM and 4PM and the milking has to be done in those times as cows are used to schedules, otherwise they get annoyed and wont produce as much the next day.

The cows walked in a line to be taken into a room where they stood to be milked. Bader explained to us the importance of hygiene at Yasmin Farms and therefore we weren’t allowed to walk anywhere where the cows would pass so that our shoes didn’t carry anything foreign into their territory. After the cows we visited the goats who unlike the cows needed to be lured by food to be milked as they aren’t as obedient. After the goats we went and saw the free range chickens. Free range is when the chickens can roam around freely and the chickens on Yasmin Farms are allowed to roam inside or outside the barn as they wish. Our final stop were the vegetables. I found the cabbage and lettuce fascinating since they were all being grown on little sponges.

Even though I found the farm impressive I was actually more impressed with Bader. His determination to have a clean farm producing all natural products is just amazing, he really makes me proud as a Kuwaiti. He knew the names of every employee we passed by and he is also humble enough to serve random visitors himself. Personally, after touring the farm I will now always prefer to buy their products over others.

The farm was amazing and you can go and visit it yourself every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8AM to 5PM [Map]. All their products are found at Sultan Center and you can also order online. Also make sure you check out their instagram account @albandairy

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18 comments, add your own...

  1. A says:

    Seems their site is having issues. SSL error.

  2. Adam says:

    Sounds like a nice experience. I’m interested now to visit the farm. how can i do so ?

  3. Awesome post from a chick! I’ve always wondered if there were decent farms in Kuwait. I definitely want to visit! Nice to know you don’t mind getting a little dirty :)

    PS. Operation Hope will open this weekend, I think. We had a yard sale 2 weeks ago and starting our winter warmth campaign. We have hundreds of books too.

  4. praetorius says:

    “The cows are milked daily at 6AM and 4PM and the milking has to be done in those times as cows are used to schedules, otherwise they get annoyed and wont produce as much the next day.”

    cows actually ‘want’ to be milked because their udders become full at those times and it becomes painful for them.

    • Mathai says:

      Now here’s a man who knows what he’s talking about :)

    • Nixon says:

      About the udder hurt… finally a chance to use my farming camp knowledge LOL
      That only happens when the cow hasn’t been milked for a long time. In fact its better if a cow is milked a bit less than daily, more like twice every three days. But the schedule idea is golden.

      • praetorius says:

        in ‘automated’ or ‘robotic’ milking stations, they (and i mean the cows) go automatically every 4 to 6 hours, since it simulates the natural feeding pattern of calves, who well… drink milk every 4 to 6 hours if they are with their mothers.

        I am assuming above that they are doing the milking process, manually.


  5. Nixon says:

    I remember trying some cheese type from them a while back, it was really good. And after reading this great post I know why.

  6. aaa says:

    Good for them, diversifying Kuwaiti food business outside of cupcakes!

    It’s owned by the Sultan family too right?

  7. Ali says:

    I want to know who owns it, I hope it’s an honest middle class family, I am sick and tired of those elitist families controlling everything in Kuwait. I can’t wait for the day we do to them what they are doing to Kuwait. No doubt it’s soon, I can’t wait to see their daughters and sons work hard and honest jobs

  8. 123 says:

    Also sold in Geant if I remember correctly.
    Their Halloumi with black seeds is delicious.

  9. Haitham says:

    Sounds like a nice family outing.

  10. caroline says:

    Any contact number???

  11. Nap says:

    They don’t have any tours now. It will start in dec.
    The place is nice , clean . But there prices are high , for a middle class to buy stuff from them on regular basses.
    But the vegitable market in that area is cheap.

  12. Akbar says:

    A cool place to be and it’s a work in progress. A great get away.

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