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Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses Pty Ltd is a small 100% Australian owned artisan dairy business. Family owned and operated by Rob Harnett and his wife Suzanne along with Rob's sister Susan Clarke and her husband Peter.
Rob and Suzanne run the 100+ head dairy herd which will supply the A grade quality milk for the gourmet cheeses. These cheeses will be produced on farm in the new premises which are currently under construction.
The Dairy farm is on the Tweed Valley Way in the Burringbar Valley, just north of Byron Bay. Burringbar is situated at the entranceway to the Tweed which is also known as the Heartland of Australia's Green Cauldron. The sub-tropical climate allows for lush pasture to be grown all year round. Our pasture based grazing system means you taste the freshness in the milk which flows into the flavours of the local terrority in the artisan cheeses.
Our artisan produce shop will sell the full range of our artisan cheese, butter and yoghurts. There will also be a selection available to sample at all times. A viewing area will allow visitors an insight into the cheese making process and an interactive information area will depict the history of farming in the Tweed Valley.
Other Gourmet Delights such as salami's, macadamia nuts, hand-crafted jams and relishes, art works and handicrafts, plus local cards and gift lines will also be available.
What we offer
The new premises will not only house the cheese factory, it will also comprise of an artisan produce shop and a farmhouse cafe'. The cafe' will overlook the lush green pastures of the Burringbar Valley and the happily grazing, contented cows.
You will be able to enjoy great coffee made with our own farm fresh milk or enjoy the local Madura Tea by the pot, whilst indulging in traditional farmhouse style cakes and slices. The kids are not to be forgotten, can experience an old-fashioned style milk shake or ice-cream sundae. Light meals and gourmet cheese and salami platters will also be available whilst you sit and enjoy the fresh country atmosphere.
Our Vision Our Mission
Our Vision is to continue the family tradition of producing great quality milk and cheese as the 4th generation dairy farmers.
Our Mission is to continue the 4th generation family farm using sustainable farming practices and to value add to our A grade quality milk by making gourmet dairy produce. We also wish to promote and gain acknowledgement for the great produce that is grown in the Tweed Valley and to further encourage the sale of local produce.
Our Herd is bred on farm and is a three-way cross of Fresian, Jersey and Brown Swiss. Our pasture based system means our cows have daily access to the lush pastures of the Burringbar Valley situated just north of Bryon Bay at the entrance to the Tweed, also known as the Heart of Australia's Green Cauldron. These lush pastures and our sub-tropical climate add to the great taste and quality of our milk, which can then be handmade in micro batches, to create gourmet artisan cheese, cultured butter and yoghurt.
We look forward to soon being able to welcome you to our farm to share the produce of the Tweed Valley with you, our Visitors.
Our Farm Our Dairy
Our Farm is located at the entrance to the Tweed Valley in the catchment area known as the Burringbar Valley. We run the dairy farm on 80 hectares as well as an extra 60 hectare block at Mooball. We milk a mixed herd of around 100 head at any one time, consisting of Holstein Fresians, Jersey and Brown Swiss Cattle. We send our milk to Norco Co-op Ltd - a farmer owned co-operative.