In the Jan. 23, 1969 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the following story, titled “Dairy project under way,” appeared on the front page.

It read: “To produce enough fresh milk daily to supply some of the need of Grand Cayman is the aim of a new enterprise already under way in Pease Bay.

“Mr. Mark Fisher from the U.K., who is at present setting up the company, told the Caymanian that 60 of the 200 acres being leased have already been cleared.

“Grass suitable for grazing will be planted and it is estimated that this will be ready by July. At this time, 50 milch cows are due to arrive from Jamaica. It is anticipated that the herd will eventually be increased to 100, which should produce a minimum of approximately 300 gallons of milk daily.

“A modern herringbone milking unit and also a refrigerated tank and a pasteurizer are to be installed. After pasteurization, the milk will be cartoned and sold locally. If all goes well, it will appear on the market some time in August.”

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Also appearing on the front page of the Caymanian Weekly was a story about a visit to the islands by a U.S. research vessel. It read:

“Seen at the dock and offshore between and Jan. 14-17 was the research vessel ‘Tursiops’ owned by the Oceanography Department of the Florida State University.

“The nine members of the crew were students who were under the instructor, Professor James I. Jones.

“The vessel left Turkey Point, Florida, and first called at Cozumel, Mexico, where they spent three days. After stopping just one day at the Misterioso Bank, they came to the Cayman Islands.

“Here the students went diving in deep and shallow water taking samples of the bottom for study and on their way back, they also took some samples of the water.”

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  1. It’s always interesting and sometimes embarrassing to read of events in Cayman 50 years ago, as recorded in the Caymanian Weekly. I say embarrassing because, often, there are revelations that we were farther advanced in some areas in the late 1960’s than we are today. Today’s recollection is an example. The venture referenced became Caribbean Farms, a dairy farm which supplied a large portion of fresh milk, daily, to the local market for many years. I recall that they had perhaps the world’s most unique – certainly most attractive – milkmaids! Our milkmaids were local beauties who delivered milk to subscribing homes driving Mini Mokes dressed in flower-power themed hot-pants and go-go boots. Quintessentially Sixties!

    The farm was located in the Bodden Town enclave of Pease Bay. At the same time, Bodden Town was home to another milk and juice packaging operation in Northward subdivision and a chicken processing farm, Mijall Farms, in central Bodden Town. West Bay was home to Bothwell Farms which provided the bulk of the island’s beef and shortly thereafter, an egg farm.

    The reason that I find it embarrassing to look back on developments such as those is the comparison that I make with today. 2019 – Milk farm – no! Juice and milk packaging – perhaps recently; local fresh eggs – available on an ad-hoc basis. Essentially we’ve gone backwards in these areas, certainly lost all forward momentum, as farming has only recently re-emerged to cottage-industry levels. Imaging where local farming would have been if the momentum of the late 1960s had advanced consistently.

    Instead, for varied reasons, not least the lack of some form of protections and assistance for local farming & products, we lost over four decades of progress in these areas. In my opinion, we lost similar progress in many other areas of Caymanian life!

    Thank God I am part of the generation which saw a bit of the “islands that time forgot” era and values of our parents’ generation and see the “progress and development” era, in comparison, which has taken us to where we are now – the over-crowded, loss of traditions and traditional values, “just another melting-pot” Cayman. I, for one, definitely prefer the “old days”.