IT ALL started when Lorraine Mance started milking goats in the 1960s, but yesterday four generations of her family lined up to work in her dairy factory as the business is set to expand.
The 75-year-old great-grandmother started the South Launceston cheese and yoghurt factory Westhaven Dairy, but the rest of her family has been a big part of its success.
Daughter Melinda Britten is the cheesemaker, granddaughter Lydia Mance is a factory hand (and self-described miracle worker) and based on trends, great-granddaughter Nadiah Byrne will also work there.
Lorraine said Nadiah was only eight months old, so it was a bit early to ask her if she wanted a job, but dairy work seemed to be in the DNA of the females in her family.
Nadiah's mother is actually Lorraine's other granddaughter Kirstyn, but it was the extended family that looked after the youngest member yesterday.
Lorraine said she began her dairy career almost by accident in 1967 when she raised a goat for milk because one of her children reacted to cow's milk.
But friends asked for product, and she gradually built a business that now produces five types of yoghurt and four types of cheese, from cow and goat milk.
She said she established the Westhaven factory in Talbot Road, South Launceston, in 1993 and it had tripled in size and was about to expand again, due to surging demand.
``We do not use any additives,'' she said of the product.
``People are changing, they want to live in a more healthy way.''