01 Feb, 2021
Dairy Farmer - NZ
Waikato, New Zealand
"A mob size of 400 fits nicely into their yards and can be milked in about 40 minutes".
Farming couple’s exciting sheep milking venture
Sheep milking is a small but growing industry in the Waikato, where cows have ruled the dairy industry for decades.
After a lifetime of farming sheep for their meat and wool, Allan and Toni Browne have switched the sheep yards for the sheep milking shed.
They have joined the small but growing number of farmers who are part of the new Waikato-based sheep milking industry.
They carved off 80 hectares of their then 410ha beef cattle and lamb finishing operation near Cambridge, and are in their first season milking 1100 ewes for Maui Milk.
The potential for milking sheep interested the Brownes long before the conversion took place. Six years earlier they converted 160ha of their land into cow dairying and saw the potential in the economic returns.
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Source: Dairy Farmer