Grant helps cheese farm plan future

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Holy Goat Cheese in Sutton Grange has been given a grant of $25,000 to support planning for a modular dairy factory and a training facility.

The “Cheese Works” would be the first of its kind in Australia and is hoped to help will galvanise the development of Australia’s artisan cheese industry.

Holy Goat’s grant was awarded through the revamped Food Source Victoria program run by the state government.

A small consortium of highly skilled artisan dairy producers and educators will be investing with Holy Goat Cheese in the project.

FSV grants support producers and businesses working in partnership to develop products that take the state’s produce to the next level, create new jobs and grow exports.

“We’ve revamped the Food Source Victoria program to make it easier for agricultural producers in regional Victoria find the right partners and funding to take their products to the next level,” Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.

“Last year Delicious magazine awarded Holy Goat their ‘Producer of the Year’ award and thanks to this grant, they will now be sharing their expertise with aspiring cheesemakers throughout the region.”