Mooving along our day trip itinerary which took us to Pekan Nabalu for a panoramic appreciation of Mount Kinabalu's grandeur followed by meeting some of the native botanical giants at Kinabalu Park, we arrived next at an attraction that has been...
|... in Kota Kinabalu's tourism scene.|
Plus, of course, the lower highland temperature of around 20°C makes it a cool escape from Sabah's sauna climate.
|The village of Mesilau, where Desa Dairy Farm calls home, is nestled on a high plain with the stately Mount Kinabalu for a backdrop.|
|Entrance driveway to Desa Dairy Farm. An entry fee applies (Adult - RM5, Child - RM4) and our minivan queued for about 20 minutes before it was our turn to pay and enter.|
|I wouldn't have thought this is Malaysia!|
|Another setting to shoot Mount Kinabalu.|
|Clouds caressing the mountain peak ever so gently.|
|Purple fireworks. Quite some interesting flowering plants can be spotted around Desa Dairy Farm.|
|Desa Dairy Farm is nicknamed Kota Kinabalu's Little New Zealand.|
|Desa is actually a local household brand name with generations of Sabahans growing up with milk from this farm. The farm serves only the domestic market and does not produce enough to export.|
|Step on in to enjoy fresh milk, ice-cream, yogurt, cheese, cakes and also watch the milking process.|
|Viewing gallery to watch the milking process which happens from 2:30 - 4:30pm daily.|
|The farm produces about 900,000 litres of milk every year.|
|Cows at the farm are of the Holstein-Friesian breed, which produces one of the highest milk outputs and also interesting to look at because of the black-and-white patterns.|
|Milk straight from the farm... can't get any fresher than this. Too bad I'm lactose intolerant so I refrained from tasting anything at the farm in case I leave a brown all the way back to Kota Kinabalu City.|
|After viewing the milking process and tasting the dairy products (have to pay hor, not free), walk around to the back of the milking facility to a small shed to feed some calves and baby goats. They are perpetually hungry!|
|Feeding milk to get milk... a bottle costs RM1 to feed the animals. Same price goes for a bundle of grass feed. Have to put up with some smell from the livestock.|
|This fella is rather friendly and endearing. Makes me feel bad for liking beef.|
|First you feed. Then you bleat. Hope not bleed.|
The visit to Desa Dairy Farm was quite an eye opener to discover such a picturesque highland farm setting in Malaysia. But because of my lactose intolerance and restraint in sampling the fresh produce, and the large visiting crowd, the place became a yawn for me after about 15 minutes.
If you can control passing mootion after dairying up, you'll have a more fulfilling here.
Pekan Nabalu and the Mountain of Love
Supersized Nature at Kinabalu Park