Posted by Michael Crowe on Feb 14, 2018
Over the month of January, the Rotary Club of Port Fairy arranged tours to the Shaw River Buffalo Cheese farm at Yambuk. Proceeds from the tours went towards the End Polio project.
The Club conducted five visits to the Shaw River Buffalo Cheese farm for a total of more than 80 people. Over $1000 was raised for the End Polio project.
The Club gives special thanks to the Haldane family for their generous hospitality and assistance with the tours. Thanks also to Rotarians Sue Robertson and David Digby who helped with the design and distribution of the publicity materials.
The End Polio project

Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion to end polio.

Since Rotary started the fight against polio, the number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9 percent and more than 2.5 billion children have been reached with the vaccine. There are fewer polio cases today than ever before, but the aim is to reduce the number to zero. If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed. Global health care costs would rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life would be drastically diminished.

 Shaw River Buffalo Cheese 

The beginnings of the Australian Buffalo Milking and Cheese industry started in Victoria when the Haldane family imported buffalo from Italy and Bulgaria in the mid 1990’s. Roger and Sue Haldane  built a factory in Yambuk and in 2000 they shifted the family, herd and processing to the banks of the Shaw RIver.

The Haldane family at their Shaw River farm

The business is very much a family affair. Roger and Sue Haldane are still very hands on in the running and promotion of the business.

Daughter Thea manages the administration, manufacturing and promotional side of the business.  Son Ewan manages the livestock, export and oversees the farm management. Eldest daughter Amy manages the Haldane Icelandic horse stud and assists her other sisters Skye and Erin, helping out with marketing, cheese tastings and promotions.