The local and international success has Spring Sheep Milk Co. primed to continue expanding. Currently in a growth phase, it expects to have more than 40,000 milking sheep in the next few years. A partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries in 2016 offered other opportunities to grow, with the aim to establish a sustainable, scalable and globally competitive New Zealand sheep dairy industry that delivers significant social, economic and environmental benefits to New Zealand.
“Right now we are interested in talking to farmers in the Waikato region who may be considering a change in land use towards an exciting new industry like dairy sheep. The next phase of growth for Spring Sheep will involve launching new products and partnerships into multiple new markets around the world,” said Thomas.
What is it that makes sheep milk so unique and beneficial? It is naturally an A2 type milk, free from A1 beta-casein protein found in most cow milk. It also contains 60% more protein than cow and goat milk and is a complete protein – meaning it contains all 10 essential amino acids. They are essential because the body cannot make them itself and must be consumed in one’s diet. The Spring Sheep Milk Co. milk comes from its very own breed of New Zealand milking sheep, the Zealandia®.
“Grass-fed New Zealand sheep milk is one of the highest quality milks available in the world, making it the ideal base for premium nutrition products. Combined with its delicious taste profile, it’s something consumers look forward to consuming and can feel good about. Our Gentle Sheep Premium Sheep Milk Toddler Milk Drink is a great-tasting drink,” said Thomas.
Spring Sheep Milk Co. also makes use of advanced data analytics to ensure it meets the demands of its core markets in China and Southeast Asia. A strong history of connecting with customers to develop key consumer insights has allowed the Waikato team to grow into a world leader in sheep milk.
“Market insights have been a pillar of all new product development activities, and we have a strong interest in emerging scientific discoveries. In the past few years, with international travel limited, Spring Sheep’s team on the ground in the market has been critical to developing and feeding back the latest market insights,” said Thomas.
Proud of its Waikato roots, Spring Sheep Milk Co. has established multiple partnerships with Waikato businesses that form a key part of its growing supply chain. Recently moving into Waikato Innovation Park has opened up multiple opportunities for networking and collaboration.
“We love living and working in the Waikato. The people here are incredibly talented and it gives us an opportunity to further promote the already excellent reputation of our region in the dairy industry. It’s really a no-brainer for us,” said Thomas
Farmers who may be considering land-use change or would like to find out more about the opportunities in the dairy sheep sector can head to www.springsheepmilkco.com or email email@example.com.