Hafslund farms at Ostegarden in Norway.  |  Supplied photo

Norwegian farmer named world’s big cheese

Jorn Hafslund raises only 12 Norwegian Red cows, but managed to see his gouda named the world’s best cheese last fall

Showing how being the best doesn’t necessarily mean being the biggest, a small farmer from Norway has been selected as the best cheese producer in the world. With a herd of 12 Norwegian Red cows, Jorn Hafslund from Ostegarden won the accolade in November with his gouda cheese, Fanaost. It emerged as the top cheese […] Read more

Canada's dairy farmers say they have no comment on reports of a spat brewing over cheese allocations under the incoming trade agreement with the European Union. | File photo

Unease growing in EU over CETA cheese clause

Canada’s dairy farmers say they have no comment on reports of a spat brewing over cheese allocations under the incoming trade agreement with the European Union. Most measures under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement are expected to take effect July 1. The agreement will allow an additional 16,000 tonnes of high-quality cheese and 1,700 […] Read more

The company will be using milk from cows fed non-GM grains and oilseeds to make its non-GM verified cheese.
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What’s in a name?

Non-genetically modified certified cheese will be available for sale at Canadian grocery stores sometime in 2017. But the company behind the new product wants to make something clear: It won’t be selling non-GM cheese. It’s more complicated. The company will be using milk from cows fed non-GM grains and oilseeds to make its non-GM verified […] Read more


Bothwell Cheese has announced plans to seek non-GMO certification for a new line of cheese in 2017. | Screencap via www.bothwellcheese.com

Manitoba cheese company to tap into GMO-free market

For consumers who want it, cheese produced from the milk of cows fed non-genetically-modified feed will soon be available at grocery stores in Canada. On Tuesday, Bothwell Cheese announced plans to produce and sell this new cheese in 2017. The company, based in the southeastern Manitoba town of New Bothwell, said it would soon launch […] Read more

It’s all hands on deck when filling the saganaki cheese forms to ensure even distribution of curds. The cheese curds come out of a large vat into forms.  |  Mary MacArthur photo

The art of cheese

Olga Payne didn’t make a special batch of cheese to enter in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The manager of Tiras Dairies simply pulled the cheese out of the cooler shelf and sent it to Toronto for the competition. The Camrose cheese maker won first place in a hard cheese category with her saganaki, second […] Read more


Stephanie Lutz, the baker at Glasgow Glen Farms, tallies up a gouda cheese purchase for a customer at the Prince Edward Island cheese operation.  |   Barb Glen photo

Chef makes gouda special of the day

Glasgow Glen Farms produces 16 flavours of cheese

NEW GLASGOW, P.E.I. — When Jeff McCourt wanted to buy a popular gouda cheese business in his home province of Prince Edward Island, he needed financing. He decided to sell cheese futures. Now those who bought those futures at $1,000 each receive their returns in cheese — six kilograms of artisanal gouda delivered twice a […] Read more

Blythe Waddell holds a Nigerian Dward kid in the barn. | Karen Briere photo

Cheese makers eager to expand product line

LANG, Sask. — Two-year-old Blythe Waddell-Holtom easily handles the livestock on her family’s farm. She carts a squirming Nigerian Dwarf goat kid around until it slides down and kicks out of her grasp, scampering off to join some others. It’s the kind of thing that could occupy a toddler for a while. But the goats […] Read more