It’s 5.15am on any Saturday (and some Sundays) and you’ll find our ‘market car’ with its cargo of Holy Goat cheese, lovingly packed and refrigerated, on it’s way an accredited Farmers’ Market in Melbourne, or perhaps closer to home at Castlemaine or Bendigo. By 8am our stall is set up and ready – our cabinetContinue reading “All in a Weekend’s Work”
Ivy was born on the 9th August this year, the last of the kids born to the maiden does (first time kidding). She comes from a long line of goats. Her mother is Hoya, borne by Jasmine, who came from Lilac, out of Buddelia. Muse is her great great great grand dame. Ivy’s father’s isContinue reading “Who do you think you are?”
Assistant cheese maker/ dairy goat milker Holy Goat Cheese is regarded as one of the finest farmhouse goat cheese producers in Australia. The farm is certified organic with the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia. This position requires assisting in the manufacture of lactic and rennet set cheeses; wrapping and despatching of cheeses; the cleaningContinue reading “Position Vacant at Holy Goat Cheese”
We are coming up to our most intense time on the farm – kidding. Our pregnant does are due to start birthing on 9 August and it’s an expectant time for us all on the farm. The natural breeding season for goats is March to September; young females reach puberty at around five months andContinue reading “Who’s Kidding?”
At Holy Goat, as much as we farm the land and the goats, we are also aiming to cultivate farmers. In Australia, the average age of farmers is around 53 years of age (compared with 39 years for all other occupations – the latest ABS stats make sobering reading). Agriculture is faced with an agingContinue reading “Insiders”
Twice a day we milk our goats – at 6am and 3pm. The goats are more routine than us; well before it’s time to bring them up to the dairy, the herd will have made their way towards the milking shed – unless they’ve found a particularly luscious spot of feed, or a cool spotContinue reading “The Line Up”
We’re well into autumn now but still no sign of a real break yet. We need good rain so our perennial pastures will provide fresh pick into winter, especially for the pregnant does. We also need rain so the pasture cropping seeds will germinate and grow, giving us extra spring feed. Not to mentionContinue reading “Feeding the Foragers”
We were inspired and challenged when internationally renowned French cheesemaker and consultant Ivan Larcher visited Holy Goat in March. Over two days action packed days, Ivan worked with us to refine and develop our cheese making skills. Ivan shared his vast knowledge including animal nutrition, milk quality testing and cheese recipe creation. He was professional, charming and generous.
Temperatures in Central Victoria soared recently, reaching the low to mid 40s, but today there was some relief from the heat – a perfect day for this gorgeous baby goat to be born! As we write, this little treasure is just a couple of hours old and is resting in the nursery with mum.
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