Elena and Andrei Swegen never planned to milk buffaloes, let alone have their dairy operation nationally recognised in food awards, but now it is their reality.
Elena and Andrie Swegen moved to Australia in 1995, bidding adieu to their beloved Moscow to chase their dream of living close to nature at some quiet place
Most dairy products are made off-farm with milk shipped in from elsewhere. , owned and run by Andrei and Elena Swegen, at Bungwahl on the mid-NSW coast, is a rare farmhouse dairy where the entire process is contained on the farm. The Riverine buffalo are born, bred and milked on the farm and Elena Swegen makes her exquisite cheeses and yoghurt in the dairy next to the milking yard. It takes great skill to do it all - breed and raise animals, manage the pastures and make artisan dairy products from the milk - not many people can do it.~ Buffalo Winners
Compared to cows’ milk, buffalo milk contains 43% less cholesterol, 62% more calcium, 40% more protein and contains high levels of the antural antioxidant tocopherol. Buffalo milk can be suitable for people with cow milk allergies.
Elena and Andrei Swegen from Burraduc Buffalo Dairy sure had a weekend full of smiles. Just last week Burraduc were announced as a state winner in the prestigious delicious. Produce Awards for 2018. Elena and Andrei took out the award in the dairy category for their Burraduc Buffalo Mozzarella.
And for an extra spring in their step, they were part of the successful Great Lakes Food Trail on Sunday 22nd April that saw hundreds of locals and visitors taking to the roads around Myall, Smiths and Wallis Lakes to visit 23 producers and providores across numerous locations in the region.