Thinking of getting into sheep dairying?

Now could be your chance!

Now could be your chance!

We are taking expressions of interest until the end of October for high calibre, motivated farmers in the Waikato and Taranaki regions.

Registrations for our 2023-2024 season are almost full. If you are ready for a change, intrigued by the growth, or just curious to see how it all works and compares to your current operation, give us a call!

Our passionate and highly-skilled Milk Supply team can help answer all of your questions, assess your farm for conversion and model the economics.

Places are filling fast and new generation stock of our exclusive dairy breed, Zealandia®, are strictly limited. Don’t miss out.


Email: suppliers@springsheep.co.nz | Call: 0800 777 464

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Sheep milk billed as export growth industry for NZ, with the potential to be worth more than $750 million a year by 2035

Sheep Milk is the only milk we have in the house

The support the team gives you, I cannot speak more highly of it. We got into a business that we had absolutely nothing to do with before, our experience with sheep was chops and roast dinners and the only rearing of lambs we’d done was for pet days.

We’re true converts now – sheep milk is the only milk we have in the house. It’s surprising how many people like it when they come over for a cuppa.

- Gordon Kirkham, Sheep Dairy Farmer

The sheep milking industry, and why the environmentally conscious are singing its praises

The lower environmental footprint is a biggy

To have no pugging on our heavy soils is just one of the reasons why sheep milking works for our farm. The lower environmental footprint is a biggy and the sheep milk industry is providing a pathway for dairy farmers to still obtain farm ownership and be profitable amongst incoming environmental regulations.

The industry is led well by a capable group of people, from the farm managers to the people behind the scenes in the office who are all working together.

We’ve had a lot of support from the Spring Sheep team, and I couldn’t be happier. Some of their staff have been here with their gumboots on during lambing helping us out. It feels like a big family, they welcome you in and they just want you to succeed.

It’s exciting to be part of the sheep dairy industry.

- James Wallace, Sheep Dairy Farmer

We wanted to try something different

There were three reasons we started sheep milking:



  • Firstly, to add diversity to the business, adding another string to our bow.
  • Secondly, around the environmental benefits – we found that sheep milking is a better enterprise. 
  • Lastly, we wanted a challenge and to try something different.


Sheep definitely have a lower environmental footprint than cows. There’s less ammonia, less urea, and less nitrogen leaching. Milking is cleaner, with very little effluent produced in the yards and shed, and animal health is noticeably better, with much less mastitis.


It has been a learning curve, but the impeccable support and knowledge base of Spring Sheep has helped us in navigating the first season.

- Rhys Dharby, Sheep Dairy Farmer

Register your interest in becoming a dairy sheep farmer today.

Contact the team to discuss the best options for you.

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