Isabella Boys was born into the dairy industry, spending the first 18 months of her life on her family’s farm in Nanneella, just outside Echuca.
While the family was forced to sell the farm shortly after she was born, it did not deter her love of all things dairy.
The Cobram Anglican Grammar School student, 10, is a fanatical cook, with her mother Jane Bowman helping her cook three to four meals a week using at least two dairy products to support Australian dairy farmers.
After Murray Goulburn cut milk prices back in 2016, northern Victorian dairy farmer Dianne Bowles started the Facebook page ‘Show some #dairylove’ to support Australian dairy farmers affected by slashed milk prices. Isabella and her mother have been following it closely ever since.
‘‘She’s only 10-years-old but she is really passionate about this issue and about supporting our dairy farmers,’’ Ms Bowman said.
And Isabella knows her stuff.
‘‘If you buy the unbranded supermarket milk, you are taking away profits from the farmers,’’ she said.
When thinking about ways she could combine her love of cooking dairy products and promoting the support of dairy farmers, one idea seemed obvious to the youngster.
She and her mother started a cooking competition for kids to do during the school holidays which they aptly named ‘#kidsdairylove dairy delight challenge’.
Each recipe has to include at least two dairy products.
Isabella has posted a number of her own recipes on the page for contestants to follow and is hoping to see some new recipes she can try herself.
The Year 4 student will judge the entries based on their appearance in photos and the ingredients used, and will be helped by Shepparton chef Tim Guppy.
While competition entries were due to close at the end of the school holidays, it is now likely the date will be pushed back a week to accommodate kids from Tasmania and schools that have three weeks of holidays.