A true paddock to plate experience
Our ‘girls’ are milked twice a day every day on the farm just behind the factory. The rich pastures growing from the fertile red volcanic soils outside the factory are converted into sweet fresh milk that is the source of our inspiration.
The milk’s flavour and attributes are determined by many things including the animal’s genetics, health, stage of lactation and diet including pasture species, stage of growth, the soil type and health. These flavours are concentrated in the cheeses and lead to the unique character of a particular farmhouse cheese.
Our plant has been designed very carefully to be gentle on the milk so to retain the fragile goodness. Being gentle on the milk often requires slower processes but we think it’s worth the wait.
a working farm since 2001
Initially set up by Damien, the family property has been farmed since 1993 and has been operating as a goat dairy since 2001. Today the farm is still family run.
Our farm is around 45 Ha (115 Acres) and we aim to farm it as sustainably as possible. We have planted over 5000 indigenous plants (endemic to our area) in shelter belts to link remnant bushland and creeks that have all been fenced to exclude stock. The farm enjoys ‘Land for Wildlife’ status, and our family are members of the local landcare group. As a result Damien and Bess won the Peninsula VFF Landcare Award in 1988.
where it all starts
Our girls are fed pasture and silage from our farm as well as Lucerne hay, and natural concentrates. Our milkers have a large barn with straw where they choose to spend much of their time but they always have access to outside and paddocks when the weather and pasture are suitable.
We only ‘kid’ our girls every 2-3 years, and all our kids (Girls and Boys) are raised by us, initially on the bottle by hand and then on an adlib feeder. Our ‘girls’ enjoy a healthy and lengthy life in the herd and many of our milkers live to 14 or 15 in the milking herd.
We offer Farm tours on a regular basis where Bess shows small groups the workings of the farm and a meet and greet with the ‘girls’ in the dairy..
295 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge
Victoria 3928 (Mel Ref 171 K8)
Call: 03 5989 6622
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