Fowlers Cheese are back at the top with their renown cheddar selected as one of the top three in Australia at the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards (AGDA), following on from their 2016 success.
The Bay of Fires Cheddar is a cloth-bound, 12-month-aged specialty – a process that cheesemaker Ian Fowler said is “time-consuming” but creates a unique cheese.
“It’s a really good feeling, having your cheese as one of the best in the country,” he said.
“We are lucky, our cows are up in Goulds Country and in 2015-2016 we were in the top 5 per cent in Australia for milk quality.”
The Fowler dairy cows are only grass fed, a decision that Mr Fowler said was “born out of economics” but has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for developing unique dairy products.
Out of the AGDA finalists, a winner will be chosen for each category with the highest scoring dairy and cheese products crowned as the Grand Champions in February 2017, with a People’s Choice award currently open for the public to vote.