Cheese business a slice of heaven
By Jann Burmester
AS QUICKLY as Justin Telfer can make his speciality cheeses, they are devoured by his adoring customers.
As the only cheesemaker in the area, Justin's cheeses are in huge demand.
His business, Bangalow Cheese Co, has been in operation for only a little over two months, but already production has more than doubled.
A cheesemaker for several years, Justin moved to the area 18 months ago where he purchased a 13ha property at Nashua.
Before the move Justin was making cheeses in Melbourne.
He taught cheesemaking at Melbourne University and was involved in lots of research and development work.
But this is the first time Justin has owned a cheese business.
"There was no one making cheese in this area and I used to holiday here as a kid, so I thought the move would be a good one," Justin said.
And it has certainly proved to be just that.
Justin gets his milk from a single herd dairy farm at Woodlawn.
His factory is located at Corndale, but he is presently in the process of submitting a development application to Byron Shire Council to construct a purpose-built cheese factory and possibly a cafe on his Nashua property.
Justin's popular cheese range includes brie, camembert, washed rind, triple cream, fetta and fresh curd.
Blue cheeses are on the way.
"In the future I may start to make some hard cheese, but right now I am just trying to keep up with demand," he said.
"But, I love it and am really passionate about it.
"Making cheese is damned hard work."