In 2014, Boyanup’s Carina and Matthew Telder bought a couple of dairy goats for their personal milk consumption.
Today, they milk about 80 of them daily to produce award-winning fare which was recently recognised at the Dairy Industry Association of Australia WA Dairy Product Competition.
Entering four products, Scapegoat Dairy — which they started in 2016 — won gold for its unpasteurised milk, chevre and yoghurt, as well as silver for its kefir.
With the awards night scheduled for March cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives over the past two weeks travelled across the State hand delivering the honours.
And their visit to the 44ha property 20km out of Bunbury brought with it an exciting surprise.
One of the representatives came by to deliver our certificates and he said ‘and your award,’ and we’re going ‘hmm, what award?’
The family-run dairy had been named the 2020 Non Bovine Champion for their garlic and chives spreadable cheese, receiving a glass trophy for the achievement.
“It’s delicious,” a proud Mrs Telder laughed. “It’s a bit more indulgent. We’ve had it just as a dip, or on crackers or with eggs on toast.”
The news could not have come at a better time, with the Telders having to put a pause on their operation due to the impacts of the pandemic.
It feels awesome (to get that recognition). Considering the downturn of everything this year, it’s really good to have something positive.
While unavailable at the moment, Mrs Telder said they hoped to have their products back at the Boyanup Farmers Market in September.