[Hello, darlin’. Tilba Real Dairy’s Jersey herd.]

There’s Amy. And there’s Beryl.

Then there’s one called Flower Power, and a whole lineage with the family name Fire Cracker.

These are just a few of the 400 or so characters that make up Tilba Real Dairy’s herd of Jersey cows at Mountain View Farm.

“Oh yeah, our cows all have names,” says Chrissy Montague.

Chrissy has had a complicated relationship with cows.

“I always loved cows as a kid. I had cow money boxes, all sorts of cow things. Then I found out I was allergic to them. But then I got over it.”

Lucky she did. Chrissy now works at Tilba Real Dairy, where she helps keep the factory running. (Her favourite job, however, she says with a grin, is “chief cheese taster.”)

“I always knew I’d end up working here,” Chrissy says.

Eight years ago she came down to Central Tilba to visit a friend. She’d built a high-flying corporate career in systems, for UPS.

Then she set eyes on the Eurobodalla, and never left. If you’ve ever been here, you’ll understand how that happens.

“It was a big change. But I love it here.”

[The camembert, resting at the ABC Cheese Factory. Worth having, worth waiting for.]

Four years later she went to work for Erica and Nic Dibden at Tilba Real Dairy, where the expanding and ambitious young business made good use of her experience in logistics.

The dairy is the largest employer in the town, and with every award and glowing review of its line of cheeses, milk and yoghurts the reputation of the dairy and the town continues to spread across Australia.

For Chrissy, the success of this determined local business is deeply satisfying. She says that watching the tanker truck deliver milk from the nearby farm to the ABC Cheese Factory on Bate Street where it is processed always makes her appreciate what she is a part of.

“Three times a week I’ll sit up at the pub and watch the milk truck come past. It never gets old. It really is a matter of pride.”

And Light to Light Camps is proud of Tilba Real Dairy, too. It’s why we feature their milk, yoghurt and cheeses on our tours.

If you’re interested in exploring the Far South Coast’s best local food and most stunning wilderness areas at the same time, then get in touch. We might just have the perfect tour for you.

A former editor of the local paper, Jake Lynch left Eden in 2006 to follow his heart, and general sense of adventure, across the United States to work for recreation and community development nonprofits. But some opportunities are just too good to pass up, and he was very easily lured back to join the Light to Light Camps team in 2016.

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