Deer cheese the next big thing
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.