WINNERS: Ashgrove Cheese general manager Richard Bennett with the non-homogenised milk and cloth-aged cheddar, that won DIAA gold medals recently.ASHGROVE Cheese has netted a swag of national awards for its products at the recent Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) national awards.

The independent dairy producer from Elizabeth Town won gold medals for its non-homogenised milk and its cloth aged cheddar, to of the staples in the company’s stable.

The company also won a bag of silver medals, for its herb and garlic butter, salted butter, unsalted butter, vintage cheddar, bush pepper, rubicon red cheese, its light milk and its full cream milk.

Ashgrove general manager Richard Bennett said it was testament to the teams’ hard work in producing a quality product.

“It very much validates the great work that our team does,” he said.

Mr Bennett said the non-homogenised milk was a popular product in the Ashgrove arsenal because it wasn’t pasteurised, that meant it kept its creamy “old-school”flavour.

In addition, the cloth aged cheddar was handmade cheddar that was aged naturally and washed with oil once a week.

“We have a group of ladies who look after it, they call it their babies,” Mr Bennett said.

He said it was great Ashgrove had a passionate group of people creating its products.

Ashgrove is no stranger to the DIAA awards, having won several medals for other products in other years.

The factory will also hold a Biggest Morning Tea next week that is the first time in several years they had hold it to the public.

The morning tea will be held on May 24 from 10am and everyone is invited to attend.

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