A FEW WORDS ABOUT US, AND THEM!
Our Mission is to honour the true heritage and the breeding integrity of the Awassi,
to produce 100% sheep milk cheeses and dairy products.
“We love what we do – living our cheese dream”
From conception to inception Awassi Queensland wanted to be a producer of fine food. Awassi Queensland is about not only bringing the best produce to exclusive customers but sharing our passion to passionate cheese lovers.
Located in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, the Awassi Queensland property is a hidden gem. Settled within the tranquil Helidon Hills and surrounded by Avocado groves, the natural ambience of the property lends itself to the gentle pottering of the Awassi.
All our Awassi sheep are more like our pets – the Awassi breed has the most amazing characteristics. Awassi Queensland is developing the breed for their future milking herd. Sheep milk has exceptional qualities for making the finest cheese in the world. At present, the dairy and cheese room are currently at full production.
We look forward to sharing our dream with you. Customers will visit our farm and leave as friends.
- Awassi is one of the biggest producing dairy breeds in the world (1.75L per day compared with 1L per day in other sheep).
- Lactation is 200 days instead of 100 in other sheep
- Sheep milk is higher in fat, protein and total solids than goat and cow milk, so is, therefore, higher yielding.
- Most sheep milk is used for cheese and yoghurt
- They need shearing twice a year.
- Awassi produces carpet type wool
Awassi Queensland continues to develop the amazing breed of the Awassi sheep to Australian conditions. As the herd grows the purpose-built cheesery, milking parlour and farm gate outlet are at full production.
You’ve heard about milking cows, you may even have had a go at it… Have you ever milked a sheep before? No, then have we got a treat for you. Awassi Cheesery milk daily and derive from this amazing milk Australia’s No1 Awassi Sheep milk cheese.
Awassi cheeses are handcrafted in the full sense of the word – from the paddock to the milking parlour to the cheesery. Every aspect of making the finest cheese is under the watchful eye of the Cheese Maker.
The end result of making Awassi cheese is that the Cheese Maker gets full satisfaction from the customers enjoying the full experience of what goes into making a handcrafted cheese.
So if you’re crazy about cheese, join our ‘Cheese Movement’ and join the food journey of experiencing a truly unique product – Awassi Cheesery is waiting for you to meet the cheese…
You can start by joining us on Facebook
SO WHO IS THE PASSIONATE CHEESEMAKER?
Passionate Cheese Maker - Di Piggott
Di’s dream from conception to inception was to be a producer of fine food, and not only bringing the best produce to exclusive customers but sharing her passion with passionate cheese lovers. Many a night was shared around a plate of cheese and fine wine with her husband David where her dream became their dream, which developed into their reality. They love to share their beautiful farm with their customers, more importantly excited to excite customers about the Awassi farm experience.
Di’s attraction to cheese began when she was a young child sitting on her father’s knee eating cheese, eating it ‘like a piece of cake’. It’s not surprising that she would eventually go into a small dairy production all be it later in life. Being a Third-Generation Dairy Farmer and Second-Generation Cheese Maker her love for what she does is in her veins. From the paddock, to the milking parlour, to the cheesery, every little nuance throughout the entire process is completely overseen by her own two eyes. Di is a boutique artisan cheese maker, and her life revolves around the different ways to take cheese to the next level.
Di and David are passionate Aussie farmers, who work hard to produce the finest quality products for their customers, this means choosing the absolute best milking breed in the world (the beloved Awassi breed). To produce the best and unrivalled cheese, Di and David have considered the highest industry standards in every aspect of creating their unique product.
Di and David continue to develop the amazing breed of their Awassi sheep to Australian conditions. As the herd grows, the purpose-built cheesery, milking parlour, and farm outlet within the beautiful Lockyer Valley is at full production and welcoming guest to share in their beautiful farm.
Di and David’s desire is for their customers to be excited with their cheese and to enjoy the full experience of what goes into making a handcrafted cheese. So, if you are crazy about cheese and want to come on the food journey and experience a truly unique product – Di, David and the Awassi sheep will be waiting for you to meet the cheese…
DROP US A LINE
I have tried many different creams and lotions but none of them helped, they
felt like I was suffocating my skin. I tried the Awassi cream and balm and I will not
use anything else. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated, it also has a wonderful scent.
I would recommend this product to anyone.”
Yep, that’s how to pronounce it… true story!
The Awassi breed date back to biblical times and can be seen in old sketches dating back to this time.
Their origin is the Syro-Arabian desert and are found commonly in the middle east. They are bred for their meat, wool, milk and tail fat.
At Awassi Queensland, we breed the Awassi primarily for its milk – they are considered one of the best milking breeds in the world – for quality and quantity. The milk is naturally homogenised, high in fat and proteins, low in lactose, and makes a very high quality of cheese. An absolute amazing milk to make cheese with.
About Awassi Cheesery
Awassi Cheesery – Artisan and Bespoke Cheesery. Our Farmstead Cheesery is located in the beautiful Grantham Hills. All cheese is handmade on the farm from 100 % Sheep Milk.
Awassi Cheesery Farm Gate Store
From the Farm products available – Thursday to Sunday 11am-4:30pm *Cheese Tastings $20 per person *Fresh Sheep Cheese and beauty products in stock.
*Luncheons and Functions by appointment ONLY!