Weltevreden Farm Cheese – Winburg, South Africa
Hi, Cheese Fans
This interview is in Afrikaans, but most of it is transcribed here for our English fans.
I spoke to AndrÃ© Kruger of Weltevreden Farm Cheese.Â In 1994 he started farming on a full-time basis with his father, but wanted to make some extra money and therefore did a cheese course at Irene.Â Â In 1995 Lynette Slabbert asked him to help at her cheese factory.Â In 1996 AndrÃ© also helped Rudolph Burger in Brandfort to start a factory.
He later built his own cheese factory on the farm and in 1998 started producing cheese. In these times he also helped upstarts at the time – BosprÃ© Dairies and Gonda’s Boerekaas.
Production steadily increased.Â To this day they farm organicly, using no hormones on the cows and only using natural salt as preservative in their cheese.Â Â It seems that AndrÃ©’s cheese has seen more of the country than he has, but his main areas for sales are in Gauteng and the Free State.Â
Products produced are Gouda, Cheddar, Feta and butter.Â Some flavoured varieties are made and additives included are natural pepper, garlic, mixed herbs, cumin and biltong(dried meat delicacy).
Some of the placesÂ where their cheeses are enjoyed are Clarens, Clocolan, Betlehem, Parys, Theunissen, Pretoria and Ficksburg.
Thanks for the interview AndrÃ© – you are a brave man!
Weltevreden Farm Cheese
Tel:05772 – 2904
Leon the Milkman
P.S. Remember to drink your milk!