Michael Butler is kept busy with the milking. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGSIT HAS been a busy few weeks for the goats at Yondover Goat Farm near Lilydale.

The 75-hectare farm with a herd of more than 300 goats produces gourmet cheeses as well as serving as a popular tourist attraction to local and interstate visitors.

Owner Gina Butler said some of the younger goats were so taken with the visitors they had even tried to get into their cars.

Ms Butler said the idea of a goat farm started nine years ago when the family got a pet goat named Bella.

“Goats have a way of getting under your skin, and Bella was very special,” she said.

When Bella passed away two years ago the Butlers decided to name one of their cheeses in her honour, which has won a silver medal at the Hobart Fine Food Awards.

With two three-hour milking sessions morning and evening, the farm produces more than 600 litres of milk a day.

Most is made into Yondover cheeses and the remainder is sold to other cheese producers.

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