Introducing Drysdale Cheeses, the first commercial goat cheese manufacturer on the Bellarine Peninsula. Registered in December 2005, Drysdale Cheeses concentrates on a range of hand made cheeses, manufactured from the high-quality milk from its herd of Saanen goats.
The goats live on the Scotchmans Road property in Bellarine, where they are milked daily. Drysdale Cheeses are a registered dairy herd and all of the animals are purebred.
Although Drysdale Cheeses is not certified organic, they follow permaculture farming principles and adopt ethical animal treatment. They do not milk animals that are heavily pregnant and newborn kids will stay with their mums for those first few days of all-important colostrum which is their first milk. Each doe only kids once every two years, allowing for their optimal health.
Cheesemaking procedures use only vegetarian rennet. The cheeses are made in small batches and require careful ageing and draining, and so may be unavailable from time to time.
Drysdale Cheeses are only available locally, from selected restaurants and providers. The farmgate is open at selected times and by appointment.