The North American Jersey Cheese Awards
The North American Jersey Cattle Association, which represents the interests of all things to do with this handsome breed of dairy cow, held its annual conference and cheese competition last week.
The event, based at the spectacular (picture Indoor African theme park) location of the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, saw a healthy attendance together with well over seventy entries in the cheese competition.
Each entry was judged individually by three teams of judges comprising Jane Cisler of Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Paris Knox of W.D. Hoard’s and Sons, Dr. Bill Wendorff, Gina Mode and Marianne Smukowski all from the Center for Dairy Research and myself.
Jersey milk is renowned for its high butterfat content and rich flavors. However, the same characteristics that help make Jersey milk products delicious can, from a technical standpoint, be challenging for a cheesemaker, particularly in the creation of aged cheeses.
Here are the results of the competition:
Best North American Jersey Cheese
Spring Brook Farm Tarentaise
Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, Vermont
Second Best of Show
Chapel Hill Creamery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Third Best of Show
Homestead Creamery, Jamesport, Missouri
For a full list of the medal winners and more details on the competition, see attached list.