Deer cheese the next big thing

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

A New Zealand farmer and a cheese maker have joined forces to craft what they hope will be the world’s first com­mer­cially pro­duced cheese us­ing deer milk. Sci­en­tists say deer milk is rich in nu­tri­ents and pro­tein, and could also have wide-rang­ing ther­a­peu­tic and cos­metic uses. At his Clachan­burn Sta­tion in the Cen­tral Otago re­gion of New Zealand’s South Is­land, veni­son pro­ducer John Falkner has de­signed a spe­cial shed with padded stalls and adapted milk­ing cups to fit the deer’s slen­der anatomy. Falkner aims to get 2 liters a day from each of the 40 deer tak­ing part in this ini­tial milk­ing sea­son. Deer cheese is some­thing the pair hopes to mar­ket not just for its unique fla­vor but also for its health prop­er­ties. Otago Univer­sity re­search shows that deer milk is rich in min­er­als and omega-3, and may ben­e­fit the brain and im­mune sys­tem.

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