Sheep Milk New Zealand

Sheep Dairy New Zealand is a group of farmers, scientists, consultants and interested parties engaged in supporting the development of the NZ Sheep Dairy Industry. The group, led by Craig Prichard (email 021 672 199),  includes academics and scientists from Massey and AgResearch based in the Manawatu. The group has hosted the 2015,2016 and 2017 Sheep Milk NZ conference and is looking forward to the fourth Sheep Milk NZ Conference  on March 12-13, 2018. In between times  the group holds and hosts  occasional online discussion sessions. To receive notices of upcoming events (discussion sessions, conferences and workshops)  send a message to from the address you want to subscribe to the list. In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe Firstname Name (replace 'Firstname Name with your own first name and name). Leave the message body blank.

2017 Conference will be held at Awapuni Function Centre, 67 Racecourse Rd, Awapuni, Palmerston North on Monday March 13 and Tuesday March 14.

Registration and Contributions

Resources and research

This section includes downloadable  public copies of key research, advice and project reports involving sheep dairying. These documents are shared on a Attributions, non-derivative basis.

Sheep Dairy education

Massey and Lincoln Universities, through their joint venture AgriOne, are investigating offering a programme of sheep dairy short courses. First courses would be:

  • ‘Introduction to Sheep Dairying’: for those new to the industry whom are keen to understand and contribute to its development. covers all main areas of the industry from ‘pasture to ‘plate’
  • ‘Planning and developing a sheep dairy operation’: aimed at new entrant operators keen to take the first steps into setting up and running a commercial sheep milking operation. It will cover all the key areas involved in setting up, operating and making a commercial return from sheep dairying.

Both courses will include workshops, exercises, site visits and presentations. Both courses are in development and we welcome expressions of interest. Please email Craig Prichard or Sam Peterson.


Landcorp is working with Massey University's Riddet Institute to better understand the nutritional composition of sheep milk and how it might be used in products. 

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