Sheep Milk

Sheep milk lays foundation for doubled growth with new plant

[5 November/NZ Herald] Four companies (Nu-Mega Ingredients, Pamu Farms, Dairy Nutraceuticals and Food Waikato) are partnering together in the creation of new vehicle, Melody Dairies, to jointly finance and build a new $50 million spray dryer to support the growth in the sheep milking sector. The dryer, the second to be constructed at the Waikato...

Lotte Food Pasteur and Spring Sheep Milk Co. Sign Korea MOU

[14 August/Dairy Reporter] Lotte Foods Co., Ltd. announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with New Zealand sheep milk nutrition company, Spring Sheep Milk Co. Lotte planned to introduce a new sheep milk line for children in 2019. Spring Sheep CEO, Scottie Chapman, said they were excited about the partnership with Lotte Food Pasteur,...

Blue River Dairy sales to double, thanks to canning line

[10 August/The Country] Blue River Dairy expects to double its sales next year due to a new canning line. The company is an infant nutrition exporter based in Invercargill. The sheep milk company was sold to Chinese interests in 2015. Its General Manager, Robert Boekhout, said it had gone from producing 400,000 cans in 2016...

Spring Sheep business manager wins agribusiness award

[26 March/NZ Farmer] Spring Sheep Milk Company Business Manager, Thomas Macdonald, won the 2018 Zanda McDonald award which recognised agriculture’s most innovative young professionals in Australasia. The award is run by the Platinum Primary Producers Group. Mr Macdonald was pleased with the award and was excited about the direct access he would get to the...

Sheep milking serious business

[23 March/Rural News] According to Massey University Associate Professor, Craig Prichard, the sheep milk industry has made huge strides over the last four years. The annual Sheep Milking Conference last week attracted 150 people, up from only 16 four years ago according to Mr Prichard. He said the industry has moved from an interesting idea...

Maui Milk open day draws crowd to Waikino Station

[22 February/The Country] Maui Milk General Manager, Peter Gatley, said the first step for anyone considering farm conversion to dairy sheep was to simply get those rams in the paddock. He added that the lowest cost and lowest risk part of a dairy sheep farm is breeding the animals. The Waikino Station was recently converted,...

New Dryer to cope with sheep milk boom

[23 January/Dairy News] Food Waikato has announced that it will construct a new $45 million dryer at the Waikato Innovation Park to complement its existing open access development spray dryer, which is operating at capacity five years after it opened.  Innovation Park CEO, Stuart Gordon, said that growth in the sheep milk industry in the...

Spring Sheep Milking expands with second Waikato farm

[19 October/Stuff] The Spring Sheep Milk Company (jointly owned by Landcorp and the SLC Group) will build a second sheep milking farm near Cambridge. Construction on the 40-hectare farm will begin in the new year and is estimated to cost $2-$3 million. Funding was received from the Ministry of Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP)...

Antara Ag to sell a Southland sheep milking farm

[1 August/ Stuff] Antara Ag is selling its Brydone sheep milking farm as it consolidates its sheep milking operation. The company milks 10,000 east friesian-poll dorset ewes on three Southland farms to exclusively supply Blue River Nutrition HK. Antara Ag was the first New Zealand company to manufacture infant formula from sheep milk for export...

Sheep milking progressing in ‘heartland’ farming

[14 March/ Radio New Zealand] Sheep milking has become more popular in recent times, with over 30,000 sheep being milked at 13 small-scale sheep milk producers and three larger operations in New Zealand. Larger companies are also looking to sheep milk as a diversification strategy, with interest from Fonterra, Beef + Lamb, and Dairy NZ....

High value sheep milk PGP programme officially kicks off

[20 December/ Ministry for Primary Industries Media Release] A new Primary Growth Partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries and Spring Sheep Milk has officially kicked off with the aim to build an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable industry to meet the growing demand for sheep milk products. The partnership, Sheep – Horizon Three, aimed...

Sheep milk a growing option for land use

 [29 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Bayleys Rural Consultant, Hayden McCallum said the Southland region offered significant opportunities for milking sheep, given its well established sheep sector and strong pastoral property base. The region was already home to Antara Ag, one of the country’s largest dairy sheep operators. Mr McCallum added that it was still...

Sheep Milk Industry Set To Grow Through New Partnership

[25 August/ Ministry for Primary Industries Media Release] A new Primary Growth Partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries and Spring Sheep Milk Co has been approved, boosting New Zealand’s sheep milk industry. The Ministry for Primary Industries would invest $12.56 million into the ’Sheep – Horizon Three’ programme while Spring Sheep Milk Co would...

Sheep milk company markets to Taiwan

[29 July/ Radio NZ Rural] Spring Sheep Milk has launched two sheep milk powder products in Taiwan, the first of their kind on the market. The New Zealand sheep dairy company specialised in nutritional powders for adults in Asia and gelato for the New Zealand market. Spring Sheep Milk Chief Executive, Scottie Chapman said Taiwan...

Sheepmilk joint venture to expand after it pre-sold first season’s production

[23 March/ National Business Review] Spring Sheep Dairy, the joint venture half owned by Landcorp, has pre-sold 95 percent of its first season’s production to Taiwan. Spring Sheep Dairy Chief Executive, Scottie Chapman said the company was looking to expand its operations next season and planned to increase its milking flock from 3,000 ewes to...

Sheep milk ‘could rival wine industry’

[24 January/ Radio NZ Rural] Massey University Management Lecturer, Craig Prichard predicted that the sheep milk industry could have an annual turnover of more than $100 million in 10 years’ time, and could rival the wine industry. Mr Prichard said the sheep milk industry was already worth $12 million annually, with most of the milk...

Chinese sheep investment given green light

[8 January/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Chinese investors have been given the go ahead to invest into sheep milk company, Maui Milk after receiving approval from the Overseas Investment Office. Maui Milk General Manager, Peter Gatley said the group of Shanghai-based business people had developed a sheep milk powder business over the last five years...

Sheep milking boost likely

[7 December/ Radio NZ Rural] Maui Milk General Manager, Peter Gatley said the chance discovery of frozen East Friesian sheep embryos is expected to boost the industry in New Zealand. Mr Gatley said the embryos would allow the company to increase its milk supply, and added that the females born from the embryos would be...

The rise and rise of sheep milk

[9 March/ NZ Farmers Weekly] British Sheep Milk Dairy Association Chairman, John Ryrie speaking at the recent Massey University sheep dairying conference, highlighted that the demand for sheep milk, across the globe, outstrips supply with expanding processors looking for more milk. Mr Ryrie noticed the growing New Zealand industry has similarities with the British industry,...