Supplier Support

Develop your farming business with confidence using our expert team to support you as you grow.
Supplier support

Supplier support

As a supplier you will have full access to the three Spring Sheep dairy farms and the farm managers to ask questions, visit, compare data and progress farm performance together, along with financial data and analysis support.

Signing up as a supplier

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Milk contracts

Milk contracts

Spring Sheep suppliers are offered multi-year contract. These are typically three years + three years to give you peace of mind when setting up the operation. Talk to our team about milk contracts and the expected launch of Milk Supply Rights
Purchasing your sheep

Purchasing your sheep

Our Zealandia® sheep are specifically for Spring Sheep suppliers. You can purchase your flock from Spring Sheep directly or from our existing suppliers. We operate a virtual sale yard to connect you with other Spring Sheep suppliers to complete your flock purchase.
Signing up to supply

Signing up to supply

When it comes to signing up we'll meet with you on farm to provide a milk supply agreement and livestock purchase agreement – typically this is done 8-12 months ahead of start of supply.

Economic farm surplus

Economic farm surplus

  • Because not every farm operates under the same labour, stocking and feeding policies it is best to look at EFS on a case by case basis
  • A typical fully costed model could expect Economic Farm Surplus per hectare of $3000 in the early years lifting to $5000-$6000+ in the mature operating model.
  • Spring Sheep has developed a comprehensive farm budget based on the past 5 years of operating experience, which you can tailor to you unique farm
  • Contact our team today for a detailed analysis and full financial budget prepared for your farm.
Request a detailed analysis

Mentor farm manager program

Getting into sheep milking is an exciting step and we're available to help out. Our farming team have plenty of experience to share and are only ever a phone call away. They are happy to provide advice drawing on the years of experience milking sheep in NZ and overseas. We regularly host on-farm discussion groups and like to share what's working well and what isn't working so well.

Experienced support crew

Here are a few of our team members who will help you to build a successful sheep dairy farm.

customer-story
“John is our imported sheep milking expert with a 20+ year career in sheep dairy including a stint as the president of the British Sheep Dairy Association. John came to New Zealand to join Spring Sheep in 2015 and has expertise in hybrid farming systems, lamb rearing, and is our lambing expert.”
John Ryrie - Farm Manager Monavale
customer-story
“Felicity operates our pasture-based operation in Matangi. Felicity and her team have built up systems and experience for lambing and milking dairy sheep on a converted Waikato dairy farm. Having been in charge during a bovine-to-ovine conversion, Felicity has great insight for farmers involved in similar conversions.”
Felicity Cameron - Farm Manager - Tauwhare
customer-story
“Jo has been with Spring Sheep since day one. She is our expert for all things sheep, including animal health and wellbeing, looking after dry stock operations and a specialist in lambing and lamb rearing at scale. She’s coached many cow dairy farmers about shearing, vaccinating, lambing, and lamb grazing. She also helped to create New Zealand's first Udder Scoring guide. Jo looks after our grazing properties and is available to assist with all sheep related questions.”
Jo Triggs: Group Livestock Manager
“Warren was brought into the Spring Sheep Milk Supply Team to ensure all of our growing number of suppliers are well supported. Warren is a key point of contact for all things Spring Sheep and you'll find him out on the farm regularly. Having been involved with the sheep dairy industry since its establishment Warren has a wealth of technical knowledge of our farming systems and a particular focus on quality lamb rearing, and plenty more to ensure our suppliers are optimising their farms and results.”
Warren Tanner - Milk Supply Manager
“Anthony has milked sheep at scale in both the North and South Island. Heading up our large farm with over 2,500 ewes Anthony knows sheep dairy is about all the little things done right to achieve desired farm outcomes. An expert in pasture management for dairy ewes, Anthony draws on many years of previous experience milking cows and can relate well to those farmers joining the industry from a similar background.”
Anthony Sheppard - Farm Manager St Kilda
Leading research program

Leading research program

Spring Sheep are fortunate to lead and run the Sheep - Horizon Three Research Program in conjunction with the Ministry for Primary Industries. As a supplier, you will be up to speed with all the latest from trials and projects as a part of this program.