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Brownes Dairy

Story: Brownes Dairy
Episode: 4
Presenter: Cassandra Charlick
Air Date: 2 May 2021

Western Australia’s South West region is home to one of the most iconic and beloved dairies in Australia.

  • Brownes Dairy was established in 1886, making it Australia’s oldest dairy.
  • The South West has the perfect conditions for dairy cows, with plenty of lush pasture and a mild climate year-round.
  • Donald Simpson is the head cheesemaker at Brownes Dairy. He started his career in Tasmania and worked there for 25 years before coming to Western Australia in 2000.
  • Brownes has been making cheese since the early 1930s. They started making cheese in Brunswick in 1956.
  • Cheese is made using a more mechanical process than has been used historically. It’s a lot quicker, but the principles are the same.
  • The milk is brought from Brownes’ farms to the factory in Brunswick within 24hrs, where it’s made into cheddar cheese.
  • You can have this cheese and plenty of other fresh dairy products delivered directly to your door.

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