About Moorddrift Dairy
Moorddrift Dairy is arguably one of the oldest family dairy operations in the country.
Our family owned farm celebrated its centenary in 2013 and this is how it all began:
Hendrik Smit bought the farm Moorddrift in 1913. Hendrik was born in Malmesbury in the Boland, hence the Cape Dutch style buildings on the farm.
William Smit, Hendrik’s eldest son, joined his father on the farm in 1932. In 1936 a small Ayrshire herd was bought and milk was sold in one gallon and half gallon milk cans.
Ken Smit, William’s eldest son, joined his father in 1972, where farming activities progressed to cotton under irrigation, a beef herd and the dairy became even more prominent. In 1983 a milk factory was built where milk was pasteurised for the first time.
Stephen Smit, Ken’s only son, joined his father as the 4th generation on the farm Moorddrift in 2004. In 2009 Stephen took over as CEO of Moorddrift Dairy. Milk was now not only pasteurised and homogenized, but also clarified and standardized. Ken and Stephen had undoubtedly put the Dairy Business at a new level, currently employing more than 350 employees, with a fleet of more than 60 trucks. Stephen has also opened a big distribution centre in Pretoria, which created more job, selling and marketing opportunities.