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In 1998, the Spierings family moved from the Netherlands and bought a farm near Looe in Cornwall, Fourteen years later, due to falling milk prices, the younger son, Giel, came home to find a “For Sale” sign on the farm gate.

He went to Holland and, with some family help, learnt to make Gouda. It is very good and I’m glad he did as the Dutch tend to eat their best cheeses at home.

So at the tender age of 19 he formed the Cornish Gouda Company and they still own the farm with older brother, Jan, an agronomist, managing the crops on the farm which feed their pedigree herd of cows that supply the milk that Giel turns in to cheese.

I imagine that Joost and Annemarie (the parents) think it wasn’t such a bad idea to have kids.