Cheese­mak­ers in tele­vi­sion spot­light

Wairarapa News - - FARMING -

‘‘We are fun­da­men­tally a farm busi­ness with a value adding cheese op­er­a­tion.’’

The Mart­in­bor­ough re­gion is renowned as one of the finest ar­eas in the na­tion for pro­duc­ing qual­ity prod­ucts - be it wine, cheese, and other plen­ti­ful del­i­ca­cies. In ad­di­tion to this rep­u­ta­tion, award-win­ning long-time lo­cals Amanda and Lind­sey Good­man have gladly taken on goats as ‘their thing,’ and now have a show and tell on Coun­try Cal­en­dar.

The Good­mans founded their Mart­in­bor­ough-based gourmet goat’s cheese la­bel, The Drunken Nanny, in 2015 af­ter de­cid­ing their herd of pet goats had grown so large it was time they be­gan earn­ing their keep.

‘‘My chil­dren were in­tol­er­ant to cow’s milk but not goat’s, so we started milk­ing the pet does for our fam­ily to drink,’’ Amanda said.

Notic­ing how dif­fi­cult it was to find and buy goat’s milk prod­ucts any­where, the Good­mans took on the chal­lenge of the pa­per­work re­quired to al­low their goat’s cheese to be sold on the mar­ket, pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion for other fam­i­lies with the same dilemma.

To the Good­mans, be­ing a small, fam­ily run busi­ness is a recipe for suc­cess that will never cur­dle. A long­time pas­sion, they take great pride in see­ing their small batched prod­ucts travel from their hum­ble hectares to re­tailer’s shelves. ‘‘The goat’s hap­pi­ness is our num­ber one pri­or­ity, and be­ing a fam­ily run busi­ness means we can run our busi­ness more fo­cussed on their health and not just cor­po­rate fi­nances,’’ said Amanda.

‘‘We un­der­stand how ex­tremely lucky we are to live on this land so it’s re­ally im­por­tant to us to con­tinue the farm in a sus­tain­able man­ner, giv­ing back and mak­ing sure it is here for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.’’

Fam­ily value is the thread that runs deep for The Drunken Nanny farm. The Good­mans live in the orig­i­nal farm house passed down from Amanda’s mother and fa­ther. Be­ing a true lo­cal, she has watched the town grow from a ‘sleepy ru­ral serv­ing town’ to the world class wine and food vil­lage it is to­day. Her three chil­dren are also very in­volved in the farm­ing life, just as she once was, and the 100 goats that make up the farm are con­sid­ered no less than valu­able fam­ily mem­bers too.

‘‘The are such beau­ti­ful an­i­mals,’’ Amanda said. ‘‘They are su­per in­tel­li­gent, re­ally loyal, and just a mas­sive ex­ten­sion of our fam­ily.’’

Amanda and Lind­sey’s Drunken Nanny brand em­bod­ies what Kiwi farm­ing is all about. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the land­scape and re­sources the coun­try has to of­fer, and us­ing them with con­sid­er­a­tion for all three el­e­ments of a suc­cess­ful busi­ness - planet, peo­ple, profit.

‘‘We are fun­da­men­tally a farm busi­ness with a value adding cheese op­er­a­tion,’’ Amanda said. ‘‘It takes a lot of hard work, in­tegrity and gut burn­ing pas­sion, and we also want to en­sure we are pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and be­ing eco­nom­i­cally re­spon­si­ble in or­der to en­sure our busi­ness is still around in years to come.’’

Amanda and Lind­sey Good­man’s story can be seen on Hyundai Coun­try Cal­en­dar Sun­day 19th Novem­ber at 7pm on TV One.

Award-win­ning Mart­in­bor­ough goat’s cheese la­bel, The Drunken Nanny, is to fea­ture on Coun­try Cal­en­dar.

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