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.