Lady Dufferin had the idea of using milk from her own pedigree herd to create a range of artisan yoghurts.
Clandeboye Estate is an award winning Yoghurt made in Northern Ireland. Lady Dufferin, the late Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, came up with the idea of using the milk from her award-winning herd of pedigree Holstein and Jersey cows to create a range of locally made yoghurts. The range was launched at The Balmoral Show in 2008 but has grown significantly and is now stocked in all the major supermarket chains and many independent outlets throughout Northern Ireland and beyond. The yoghurts have won numerous accolades including three stars in the Great Taste Awards, Gold in The Blas na hEireann, and UK and Irish Quality Food Awards.
Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt is founded on three key qualities
We strive to ensure our farm and creamery sustain and secure the future of Clandeboye Estate and its bio-diversity.
The welfare and happiness of our cows is central to our quality promise.
High Quality Milk
Only high-quality local milk is used in our yoghurts.
The Clandeboye Estate Farm extends to 670 acres of which 465 acres is in grass, 120 acres is used for forage crops, 70 acres of maize harvest and 15 acres of wild flower meadow. The crops are used to feed the cows and also power the anaerobic digester which produces electricity. As well as the dairy herd, there is a small herd of rare breed Irish Moiled Cattle which are kept to produce beef. A favourite of Lady Dufferin, the Moilies are native to Ulster and are a particularly hardy breed.
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Our dairy herd is a central part of life at Clandeboye. The estate team, headed by Estate Manager Mark Logan, has worked hard to create a pedigree herd of Holstein and Jersey cows. Many of the cows possess impressive lineage going back to the renowned Holstein families (Rosinas and Willows) and Jersey families (Evitas and Marbles). The herd produces 2500 litres of milk per day on average, all of which is used in the production of our yoghurts.
Environment & Sustainability
We are very proud to say that we are powered by green electricity, thanks to the addition of an anaerobic digester, or the Concrete Cow, as it is sometimes called! The digester is located in close proximity to the farm and also the new creamery and powers the entire operation, making Clandeboye an excellent model for diversification and sustainability. Clandeboye Estate is now almost completely self-sufficient in terms of electricity with any surplus being fed into the national grid.
The Clandeboye Estate is set in the heart of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is an historic estate extending to over 2000 acres of farmland and woodland and is one of the last and largest privately-owned estates in Ireland. Lady Dufferin, the late Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava was steadfast in her commitment to conserving the estate, its historic landscapes and its heritage for future generations and the yoghurt business is an important part of that vision.