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Meet Tottori’s famous dairy cows

By Laura Payne

Since about the 12th century, the area surrounding Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture has been reputed to raise healthy livestock. Today, this history has evolved into dairy and beef industries, and Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato is a place where visitors can sample some local pride.

Located next to one of the main roads that wrap around the mountain, Milk no Sato is a popular stop for those visiting Daisen’s lower slopes or taking road trips through Tottori. Here, you can have a meal made with locally-produced ingredients, shop for souvenirs, meet some of Tottori’s dairy cows and learn more about the region’s farming culture.

Introducing Local Industries

Support local farmers by taking home some souvenirs made in Tottori Prefecture. Image: PIXTA/ satemo

Milk no Sato is operated by the Daisen Dairy Agricultural Cooperative, a group that includes and supports basically every dairy farmer in Tottori. Established in 1946, this is one of the few agricultural cooperatives in Japan that focuses on dairy production, and the group has gained a reputation for selling high-quality products.

The cooperative’s products and many more are on display at Milk no Sato. In the on-site restaurant, visitors can eat dishes made with local cream and butter, while a barbeque house offers beef produced in Tottori. Meanwhile, a souvenir shop provides a range of meats, snacks, dairy items and other goods created by regional businesses.

Some of the most famous items available for sale are milk-flavored soft serve ice cream and Shirobara (White Rose) milk—a brand synonymous with Tottori’s dairy industry. Locals take such pride in Shirobara milk that the brand even sells a line of merchandise, including T-shirts and stationery sets.

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Here is some weird knowledge the only way milk is produced from a cow is if they are pregnant. Yes, cows are pregnant for 12-14 months of the year and once they have given birth no more milking for them for 3 months after their birth and they become impregnated again.

Another piece of information goat milk is supposed to be healthier and similar in taste, but I do not know this as a fact as I have never tried it. What is interesting about goats they do not need to be pregnant to get milk out of them, and so, their lives are clearly a much easier one over than that of a cow.

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goat milk is supposed to be healthier and similar in taste, 

I used to get goat milk delivered in small bottles when I lived in rural NE China. I remember it being quite salty in taste and not nice. I had to settle for UHT milk when I ventured into the nearest big city as no other milk was available in rural China at the time

Goats cheese is nice. I ate a lot of once whilst on holiday in Amsterdam.

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Goats cheese is nice. I ate a lot of once whilst on holiday in Amsterdam.

Right on mate, Nothing better than feta. Get it?

I was sampling some of Amsterdam's finest once, and I said, I don't want to sound cheesy, but this is gouda!

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Right on mate, Nothing better than feta. Get it?

Seriously. I kid you not. I stand by my original comment

Feta cheese is Greek btw of which is nice on a salad.

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