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Country Valley

3rd President’s Medal

Country Valley, NSW

Lush Traditional Handmade Natural Yoghurt

In 2008, the lush traditional handmade yoghurt made by John and Sally Fairley won over the hearts and tastebuds, of the  3rd President’s Medal judges.

Their Picton property in NSW has been home to generations of the Fairley family for 150 years. John Fairley took over the 300-acre dairy in 2001 and now runs 145 Freisian/Jersey crosses on its lush pastures.

John said winning the President’s Medal was “just like winning an Oscar” and produced a great opportunity for him to revisit Country Valley’s quality standards and triple bottom line. The win has done many things for his business, he said, not least the increased sales and opportunity to get the yoghurt onto Woolworths supermarket shelves.

"As for the $10,000 [prize money], it is always handy to get that sort of prize money but at the time we were in horrific drought and we spent it on feed for the cows!” he said.