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...