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Celebrating Women in the Cheese Industry

Historically in the United Kingdom women were the cheesemakers. The word “dairy” is derived from the Old English word for “female servant”. Dairymaids were responsible for milking cows and making cheese and butter. Once reviled as “feminine mystery”, undertaken by strong, rosy-cheeked and hardy women, cheesemaking now seems to be a male-dominated practice. The 19th century saw a shift from farm-produced to factory-produced cheese, and thus from women to men. This risks eclipsing the vast cultural and historical significance of women in the cheese industry. It is now time to celebrate some amazing and inspiring female cheesemakers we work with this November.

Have a look at our Women In Cheese series of blog posts:

A Profile of Cheesemaker Mary Holbrook by Melanie Krober
A Profile of Ruth Kirkham by David Lockwood
A Pattern of British Cheesmaking by Jennifer Kast