Sheep cheese in gold class

Holly Thompson & Jacinta CantatoreManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Tom, Jane and Bruce Wilde with their winning cheese called Farmhouse Gold and the awards it won.
Camera IconTom, Jane and Bruce Wilde with their winning cheese called Farmhouse Gold and the awards it won. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

South West dairy producers starred at this year’s Dairy Industry Association awards in Perth.

Cundinup’s Cambray Cheese won the Champion Sheep or Goat Milk category for their Farmhouse Gold, which also won the overall Grand Champion award for the second time.

Farmhouse Gold also became Champion Cheese at the Perth Royal Show last year, as well as a bronze medal winner at the World Cheese Awards in Norway in November.

Cambray Cheese co-founder and cheese-maker Bruce Wilde said he was proud a sheep’s milk product had won over products made from cow’s milk.

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“Non-bovine cheeses are much less common here and so to win the Grand Champion award for the second year means a lot,” he said.

“We mature the Farmhouse Gold for 18 months before we sell it and we run out of product every year.”

Tom Wilde from Cambray Cheese said while the Farmhouse Gold had been the star product, other cheeses had also won awards.

“We had three gold winning products and two silvers,” Mr Wilde said.

“The Farmhouse, Blackwood Blue and Cumin Gouda won the gold and our Cheddar and Friesette won silver.”

Madelin Kirkhouse, also from Cambray Cheese, said she loved the whole process of making cheese.

“Here we take part in the whole process, from looking after and raising the sheep to making the cheese and selling it,” she said.

“It gives us control over the whole process and it is satisfying to come out the other end with a really top quality product.”

Bruce Wilde said he hoped the Farmhouse Gold would be entered in the World Cheese Awards again this year and Cambray Cheese could go on to have future success with the product.

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