Cressida Cains

Cressida smiling with white backdrop

Cressida is a successful businesswoman, cheesemaker and farmer. She lives with her husband Michael and their two sons on a 200 acre farm at Robertson NSW. In 2011 Cressida founded Pecora Dairy, an artisian sheep milk dairy and cheesery in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Throughout her years in the dairy industry, Cressida has noticed a significant number of small dairy farms closing their gates. She wants to address this by supporting small scale dairy farmers to transform and grow their business.

Her Rural Women’s Award project, Dairy Cocoon, is an online platform and support hub that will assist farmers to develop and produce their own unique branded products. It will include a range of business tools, information and education, as well as an online community to facilitate connections and support.

Farmers will receive tailored training and education, including online courses and webinars, and they will be connected with industry experts and mentors. Cressida has seen small dairies transform and create fantastic brands and she wants to help more farmers do the same.


  • Social media / Public speaking
  • Small dairy farming systems
  • Community engagement


  • Dairy / Agriculture
  • Small business


  • Rural Women’s Award Alumni
  • National Delicious Produce Award winner – Dairy, 2019
  • The Alla Wolf-Tasker Good Food Matters Scholarship, 2018
  • Founding Director, Pecora Dairy and Dairy Cocoon
  • Kiama Farmers’ Market Committee member


M 0422 919 574