General

Where can I purchase Spring Sheep's, sheep milk products?

Our New Zealand Grass-Fed Sheep Milk products are available in select stores. Click here to find your nearest stockist.

Why is sheep milk so good?

There are many reasons, including nutrition, gentleness, and taste! If you would like to know the general short version, click here. If you consider yourself more of a scientist, click here.

If sheep milk is so great, why am I only hearing about it now?

Sheep milk is a milk that has been around for thousands of years, very popular in Europe - particularly in France, Spain, the Netherlands and Sardinia. Most of the global sheep milk supply goes into cheese production, however, people are starting to see how its digestibility, nutrition and taste attributes make it ideal for other products.

How do you ensure the quality of your sheep milk?

From the farm through to when our products end up in your hands, we have strict processes and procedures in place to ensure that you receive the world’s most gentle milk.

How do we do this?
It all begins with being gentle on the land – sheep milking is ~30-50% more environmentally sustainable than conventional dairy. We are gentle on our animals - having an environment that is low stress for our girls (sheep) is important along with letting them frolic in the grass and feeding them only the good stuff. Happy healthy sheep make happy healthy milk.

From parlour to packaging, our sheep milk flows gently through state of the art low agitation systems and we keep our milk really cold to ensure quality. We take care of our milk every step of the way by following special procedures that exceed the industry standard.

Learn more.

Are your sheep treated with antibiotics?

Spring Sheep milk comes from our flock of grass-fed, happy sheep. Just like with our children, when our sheep are not 100% we do use modern medicine to get them happy and healthy as soon as possible and isolate them from the milking flock during this time.

Our milk is 100% free of antibiotics. You can rest easy that no antibiotics reach our milk because every batch of milk from our farms is 100% tested for antibiotics.

Can sheep milk improve my digestive wellbeing?

Some people who have trouble drinking regular cow’s milk say they experience a difference when drinking sheep milk and that it can be more comfortable to digest.

Find out more about the science that supports this.

How are Spring Sheep products different from most everyday sheep milk?

It’s about who we are, the way we do things and how we craft our products. Tell me more

What is being done to ensure the welfare of your animals?

At Spring Sheep Milk Co. one of our core values is animal health and wellness. And not just because it’s critical to our survival as a business, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Every one of our animals is precious to us. We are incredibly fortunate to have a team of very passionate and people who love working with ‘our girls’.

We believe that animal welfare is not simply the absence of negative experiences for our animals but the presence of positive experiences.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Our sheep have the freedom to roam our lush green pastures and to enjoy fresh air, warm sun and shelter when they want it.

LOW STRESS
We believe in low stress lives for our animals. We have eliminated unnecessary painful procedures, like tail removal, and we ensure noise is kept to a minimum in the milking parlour. Breeding follows a natural seasonal cycle and our sheep enjoy tight-knit family units. This suits their strong flocking instinct.

BEST VETERINARY SUPPORT
We have a dedicated team of experts that cares for all of our sheep. Our animals receive the very best veterinary support if they ever need it. We also constantly push the boundaries and challenge ourselves to find new and better ways to do things.

HOW DO WE KNOW THEY’RE HAPPY?
It is now widely accepted that good animal welfare is not simply the absence of negative experiences, but rather the presence of positive experiences.

Our animal care team witnesses all the playful affiliative behaviours and positive vocalisations associated with happy, contented sheep.

Spring Sheep also meets the New Zealand Animal Welfare Standards.

IT’S SOMETHING WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN.

What does Spring Sheep think about breastfeeding?

At Spring Sheep, we believe that breastfeeding is best for babies and provides the optimal balance of nutrition and protection during growth and development.

We also understand that each family is different, and however you choose to feed your baby, Spring Sheep is here to support you. In preparation for and during breastfeeding, it's important that mums must eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you're considering bottle feeding we recommend always seeking professional medical advice first.

Introducing bottle feeding either partially or exclusively may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and it may be difficult to reverse should you change your mind. Consider the financial and social implications when deciding on a feeding method for your baby.

When using infant formula, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully, as unnecessary or improper use may affect the health of your baby.

I have specific questions about your products?

Please contact Susan and she will be able to help solve your problem. Email mailto:info@springsheep.co.nz or complete connect with us here.