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Happy Sheep

Our 200 East Friesian ewes are arguably the most important part of the business, because they are the ones who produce the fantastic milk, without which, it would be impossible to make great tasting sheep's cheeses.

We take great care to look after our sheep. They are rotated frequently around the farm. The fertile clover and lucerne pastures support almost all of their dietary needs. We provide shade and shelter for them all year round with lots of poplar trees and shelter belts. Irrigation of the land is kept to just what is necessary in the hot summers, in order to retain the nutrients in the land and avoid effluent waste.

They skip to the milking everyday, which we think means they are very happy.

The health of the ewes is monitored closely by Miles and the farm staff and they have regular veterinary checks.

Traditionally, East Friesian's have been used as milking sheep mostly in Europe. They are known as friendly, clever, robust, highly fertile (they usually have twins or triplets) and are good milkers.

Today, the Kingsmeade ewe bloodline is particularly sought after for their excellent health. For enquiries about purchasing our lambs within New Zealand, please email us here.