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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, includes academics and scientists from Massey and AgResearch based in the Manawatū.

The group has hosted an annual conference since 2016. In between times  the group holds and hosts occasional online discussion sessions.

Contact Craig prichard

The conference is to be held on Monday 12 March and Tuesday 13 March 2018 at the Awapuni Function Centre in Palmerston North. Find out more, register or submit your material for the conference.

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. You can also view presentations and materials from past conferences.

Past conferences

Find out more about our conferences over the last few years, including speaker presentations and other resources.

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.

Go on our mailing list

To receive notices of upcoming events (discussion sessions, conferences and workshops)  send a message to sympa@lists.massey.ac.nz from the address you want to subscribe to the list. 

  • In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe sheepmilknz@lists.massey.ac.nz Firstname Name (replace 'Firstname Name with your own first name and name).
  • Leave the message body blank.


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.