Leading dairy producers across Tasmania have been recognised for their efforts at the industry's recent award night.
There was a host of awards across the night which featured big hitters in Ashgrove Dairy, Tas Foods and Saputo Australia, all of which featured in the awards.
Tas Foods dairy operations manager Leigh Austin said recognition in the goat and sheep category was pleasing for the organisation.
"That's just fantastic for us. We've been trying to build our goat milk brand for quite a while and to get recognition and all that is really rewarding for the team that Meander Valley Dairy," he said.
"Things that people don't normally consider mainstream. We love to dabble in those sorts of things."
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Saputo Australia food safety coordinator Kerri Choo said the reserve champion placing for her company in the cheese category was great recognition.
"It's great to see you know, to be recognised all the hard work the farmers put in you know, obviously in a great quality milk to be on a great quality product," she said.
"Especially because there's always new players within the dairy industry within Tasmania so you know it is good to see how we fare."
The Tasmanian cheese industry is one of the best in the world and we're immensely proud to be recognised as the producer of the top cheese.Richard Bennett
Ashgrove chief executive Richard Bennett said it was an honour for the Signature Parmesan to be recognised in a hotly contested field.
"The Tasmanian cheese industry is one of the best in the world and we're immensely proud to be recognised as the producer of the top cheese in the state, especially against a such strong competition," Mr Bennett said.
"It's an honour to be chosen from so many top products. Our Signature range takes up to three years to age, and it's very rewarding to know it's been worth the wait."
Mr Bennett said the awards were recognition of a dairy industry in Tasmania which continues to go from strength to strength.
''Ashgrove is committed to being 100 per cent Tasmanian paddock to plate, which means not only do we produce great milk and cheese, but weve been able to expand our workforce to over 100 people employed across our Tasmanian farms, factory and dairy door," he said
''We're hugely proud of this growth, but at the heart of our operations will always be our product and its fantastic for it to be recognised as the state's best.''
Mr Austin and Ms Choo attended the 2021 Tasmanian DIAA nnual conference on Friday as part of an important industry event.
"It's really good to catch up the network and mingle, talk to some old friends and learn something new. There's always something new, we can get out and use new innovations and technologies," M Austin said.
"Its a great way to meet other people within the dairy industry and to network. It's a great opportunity to just also recognise everyone," Ms Choo said.
Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett congratulated all the award winners for their efforts.
"The dairy industry continues to deliver for Tasmania with the sector having an extremely bright future on the back of good opening milk contracts and a great lead into winter."
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