GLEN HUON DAIRY CO.

GLEN HUON DAIRY CO.

Deep Water Farm, Glen Huon.

Since we started Bruny Island Cheese Co. in 2003, we have gained a reputation for pushing boundaries and making some of the best and most interesting cheeses in the country. But my dream was always to have our own dairy farm, to produce our own milk to make our cheeses even better.

That dream finally came true in 2016 when we found, and purchased, a run-down farm on the banks of the Huon River in beautiful Glen Huon. To help make it a reality, we were joined in 2017 by our Farm Manager, Richard Butler and his family who moved to Tasmania from the UK to take up the role.

Our dairy farm is everything that Richard and I dreamed it would be – a showcase of sustainable, small-scale, organic dairy farming that is all about maximising animal welfare and milk quality.

Our herd is made up of three breeds, all of which are no longer considered commercially viable: Brown Swiss, Australian Dairy Shorthorn and Normande - all excellent dual-purpose breeds for both cheesemaking and beef production. In addition we use Speckled Park bulls to maximise our beef quality.

Our farm is unlike almost every other dairy farm in Australia. Not being part of the industrial dairy system means that we are able to make choices about how we farm which commercial dairy farms do not have the privilege to make.

That makes our farm something we are incredibly proud of.


GLEN HUON DAIRY FARM TOURS

What is the tour?

A behind the scenes look at our small-scale dairy farm nestled in the Huon Valley. Learn what makes our farm so special and so different to other dairy farms in Australia. Discover how we work, why we decided to create a small, sustainable dairy farm, and get up close and personal with our cows! You’ll meet our herd of rare breed cows, many of which love a scratch, feed our pigs, coo over the calves and spend a few hours meandering over our beautiful property with the famers. You’ll try our organic milk, as well as one of our award-winning cheeses on a day out like no other.

This is a tour of a working farm, the activities and sights to see will change daily. Some days you’ll get to bottle feed new-born calves, others will get to see the girls being milked, or even get up close to newly hatched baby chicks!

These are small group tours, we will keep them to a maximum of 15 people. If your group is larger than this, or if you would like to discuss a bespoke option then please get in touch here

We have a beautiful Farm Shop on the farm selling our local produce and our Milk on Tap. You can purchase cheese, condiments, fresh bread and crackers and take a seat in our barn to enjoy a beautiful lunch overlooking the farm at the end of the tour.

When is it?

We run our Farm Tours 7-days a week, most days of the year. Click ‘book a farm tour’ below to see the calendar.

All Farm Tours begin at 9am sharp, so that you can see the cows being milked, and walk around and meet the animals.

How far is it?

We’ll be on our feet and walking for up to 2 hours. This is a working farm, the ground can be uneven so you’ll need a basic level of fitness to be able to complete the tour.

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothes, water. We have a few spare pairs of gumboots if you need them courtesy or our mates Blundstone Australia.

How much does it cost?

An adult tour is $75, children under 16 are no charge (one per paying adult).


BROWN SWISS

These gorgeous cattle are thought to be the oldest dairy breed in the world with Benedictine monks in NE Switzerland recorded as breeding them over 1000 years ago. These cows are slow maturing, strong framed and lead long and productive lives. They also have the best butterfat to protein ratio in their milk for cheesemaking which makes them an excellent choice for us!

Like most traditional breeds they will either have a valuable milking heifer or a bull calf that is excellent for beef.

Most of our Brown Swiss girls originally came from Island Rock herd in Pomborneit in Victoria. Her breeders Daryl Riches and Satu Saarikallio farm their herd in the volcanic slopes around Lake Corangamite. They breed strong, hardy, calm cattle with excellent feet and legs!


NORMANDE

This breed originated in Normandy, France. They are indelibly linked to the cheeses of that region, especially Camembert. However, they are the classic dual purpose breed with Normande beef being so prized for its flavour it is found under its own label in French supermarkets.

All of our Normande girls (and one guy, Nico) came from Allandale East in South Australia. Brian and Lorraine Robertson had seen the news of our dairy farm and contacted us to see if we were interested in some of their cattle. Needless to say we were so excited to find our they bred Normandes. They have been breeding them since 2004 using imported French bulls and AI genetics and they really want to see this breed showcased with a specialist cheesemaking facility. We are so very fortunate to have some of these much loved cattle on our farm!


AUSTRALIAN DAIRY SHORTHORN

This breed was once the main milking breed in Australia, now they are so rare that they're listed on the Rare Breeds Trust!

These girls are from the Mannes Dairy Shorthorn herd from Bendigo in Victoria. This farm has been owned for 5 generation and this herd has been milking since the 1920's. The Mannes brothers were the second dairy farm in Australia to gain organic status in 1993. Their milk is excellent for cheesemaking and they also produce a calf valuable for either milking or beef.


OUR CALVES

We have a duty of care (current & ongoing) that we take very seriously for each of our animals, including the calves. We raise the majority of the calves at Glen Huon. We deliberately chose excellent dual purpose breeds of cows so that we we are able to produce both future milking cows and beef at the farm.

We are be able to supply you, our customers, not only with amazing cheese but also with excellent beef, all bred, raised and cared for by us.