Ewes and you. About an hour away from Brisbane city, near Beaudesert and somewhere in the bush, lies a lovely farm called "Towri". Towri is an Aboriginal word which means homestead or home and the farm is the home to the Davidson family when it was started some years ago and is still their home today.
The lovely lambs
This is an artisan sheep dairy and cheese producing farm. We visited on a lovely bright morning. Making our way to the farm, admiring the bushland on the way, we spotted an eagle and a few other native birds, and some kangaroos feeding in a field.
The farm is on some extensive property, some 300 acres, and happy sheep munch away on the grass. Some lambs were a few days old and adorable. They were bleating for their mums' attention and happy for a cuddle.
We were shown around and then given a milking demonstration. We heard a little about when the sheep are chosen to be milked. It has to be when the lambs are old enough. They are herded into the milking area and are held in position while the milking devices are fixed onto their teats. They happily ate while this was going on, which only lasted a few minutes.
In position for milking
The flock of 350 sheep includes the Awassi (a Middle Eastern fat tail sheep), the East Friesian and the Assaf (an East Friesian / Awassi Cross) milking breed, and the Dorset and Dorper for fat lamb production.
A friendly Ewe
After milking, the sheep were reunited with their lambs and a lot of nuzzling and gambolling went on. The farm is pretty, with vistas of the bush, to the green fields. Lavender grows well here and decorated the beautifully laid table, where over cups of tea and coffee we are introduced to Eweghurt, their very own brand of sheep's yoghurt. It was delicious and sweet and served with a little bit of rosemary and olive oil. We had the opportunity to try a hard cheese and a blue one. All were really tasty and we left with our purchases ready to enjoy at home in the evening.
Eweghurt, Hard cheese and a blue
Sheep's milk has all the vitamins, is an excellent source of calcium and is high in protein, so it is a good all-round dairy product. Towri has won awards for its Frisky Fetta and Pecorino cheese.
You can order their products online but it is so much more fun to make a day of it. Have a drive into the country, see this sheep farm up close. The kids will love it, so will the family and you have a chance to encounter sheep and lambs, which is a unique experience for a lot of city dwellers. Take a group of friends or the family, but you have to book in advance, so they know you are coming.
Towri Sheep Cheeses is open to the public every Friday from 10am to 2pm. They welcome bus tours Monday to Friday. Visits and tours are by appointment only – please call or email to make a booking. Check the link here