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Kingsmeade   Food, Beverage & Growers - Masterton, Wairarapa


We employ 2 full time staff (an assistant cheesemaker/stroke Vet Nurse/farm manager) and a Maturation manager/packer for the cheese and 2 part time staff in the Winter and an additional 3 staff for milking duties in the summer.

Our social responsibilities include visits by groups to the farm to see the sheep being milked, educational visits to the shop and farm by interested farming groups including Taratahi Training farm , Massey university, Culinary students and individual school pupils looking for something a bit different for NCEA.

It has not all been plain sailing however, with constant business decisions needing to be made as regards staff requirements for a 7 day per week business (weekend markets) pasture management, sheep genetics, upgrades to the milking shed and factory, tweaking of recipes and cultures, as well as the possibility of when and where to take a holiday (this one only happens about every 3 years!!)

As well as medals for the cheese, we have won business excellence awards, Ballance Farm Environment awards, Taste NZ Dairy Product of the year and Mindfood sustainable business award. We have also featured on Country Calendar, cooking with Al Brown, appeared on TV with the Topp twins and our Sunset Blue cheese featured on the royal menu at Premier house earlier this year. Not a bad effort for a self-taught cheesemaker!!!

8 First Street
06 378 7178
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