Producers clean up at Royal Show

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Too many winners to hold, Harvey Cheese owner Robert St Duke was among three Harvey producers to come away with laurels from the Perth Royal Show judging earlier this month.
Camera IconToo many winners to hold, Harvey Cheese owner Robert St Duke was among three Harvey producers to come away with laurels from the Perth Royal Show judging earlier this month. Credit: South Western Times/Bunbury Herald, Jon Gellweiler

The Shire of Harvey proved its mettle at the Perth Royal Show judging earlier this month with Harvey Cheese, Harvey Fresh and Harvey Beef winning a slew of medals and three champion ribbons.

Harvey Cheese won Champion Butter for its cultured chive and garlic butter, while Harvey Fresh won Champion Milk Unflavoured for its Jersey Girl milk and Champion Milk Flavoured for its Oak Iced Coffee flavoured milk.

Harvey Cheese also won gold, silver and bronze medals for 11 of its products across a range of categories, while Harvey Fresh won eight medals.

Harvey Cheese co-owner Penny St Duke said the butter was judged on its balance, flavour and texture.

“It got a gold six months earlier at the Dairy Industry Authority awards,” Mrs St Duke said.

Each of the products are judged and receive a medal, they are then ranked further and the highest ranked is named champion.

Mrs St Duke said they submitted produce to just two awards each year, the Dairy Industry Authority awards and the Perth Royal Show.

Since 2001, Harvey Cheese has entered its products in the show and has won a number of champion ribbons in addition to this year’s win.

Co-owner Robert St Duke said it was the first entry of that particular butter recipe and he was pleased it went so well on the first try.

“That was our first entry, we’ve nailed it from day one,” he said.

“It’s cultured and what happens with a cultured butter is you drop the pH of the butter to make it more acidic.”

Mr St Duke said more acidic butter had richer flavour, richer texture and was better for stomach health.

To make the butter award-winning, Harvey Cheese purchased a cement mixer which was modified with a clear plastic window to monitor the butter as it mixed.

Mr St Duke said Harvey produced so many high quality products as evidenced by the awards and more needed to be done to promote it.

“It’s the whole region that we’re talking about, it’s the food bowl of the South West,” he said.

“We don’t do enough to promote it.

“It’s not just me, it’s the region, there’s a lot of other companies and the agricultural school’s another one – they put the animals in and they do very well.

“It’s all over (the region).”

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