Trial will test benefits of sheep milk
DairyReporter: July 25, 2018
In New Zealand, AgResearch is about to begin a clinical trial to test the benefits of sheep milk for human digestion.
Thomas Macdonald, 24 year old Business Manager of Waikato-based Spring Sheep Milk Company, and Sir Don Llewellyn scholar, has scooped the 2018 Zanda McDonald Award.
The award, regarded as a prestigious badge of honour by the agribusiness industry, recognises agriculture's most innovative young professionals from Australia and New Zealand.
Spring Sheep Milk Co. took out the highest honour of the Massey University Supreme Award for its vanilla-flavoured sheep milk powder, which also won them the NZTE Export Innovation Award.
The hunt is on for farmers willing to broaden their horizons. Forget cattle farming, forget milking cows, milking sheep is set to be the next big thing. AgResearch has set up a stand at Fieldays to share with people, an industry that is set to boom in the near future.
The public's reaction to food made from sheep milk will be gauged by Massey University students and staff at Fieldays. At their site in the main pavilion, the university will be offering sheep milk products and testing the public appetite for a range of containing the milk including muffins, risotto and desserts.
Building an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable industry to meet the growing demand for sheep milk products is the goal of a new sheep milk Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) program that has officially kicked off in New Zealand.
As calving and lambing is in full swing there are positive signs on the horizon for farmers. After a tough few years there are good signs for the dairy industry, with Fonterra lifting its forecast payout to $5.25 a kg of milk solids plus dividend, taking it to well over the average break-even mark for most farmers - a great morale boost for hardworking farmers.