Open day at Maui sheep milk farm

State-of-the art 770-hectare sheep milking operation.

State-of-the art 770-hectare sheep milking operation.

STATE-OF-THE-ART SHEEP MILKING: The 64 bail internal rotary has been imported from France. Picture supplied

MAUI Milk will showcase their state-of-the art 770-hectare sheep milking operation in an open day early next year and they expect it will attract a great deal of interest.

The property overlooks Lake Taupo with a stunning new facility that can milk 2000 ewes.

“The enterprise has incorporated genetic, electronic and mechanical technology to combine a hybrid farm system with a new hybrid dairy sheep created specifically for New Zealand conditions,” a spokeswoman said.

“It will provide access to genetics and knowledge for farmers interested in converting to become suppliers to Maui Milk Limited.

“We expect the open day and the range of innovations which make the development unique will be of interest to a significant number of farmers,” she said.

The 770-hectare property, known as Waikino Station, has been funded by the Maui Food Group Ltd, the Shanghai-based marketing company which formed Maui Milk with joint venture partner Waituhi Kuratau Trust (WKT) who pioneered sheep milking in the region in 2007.

“The property has been developed with new pasture, plantain and lucerne, and a 64-bale internal rotary has been imported from France, with in-line electronic milk meters, automatic cup removers, Reporoa backing gates, and an adjustable height platform in the pit to ensure comfort and ergonomic efficiency for milkers.

“Two barns, capable of housing 1000 ewes each, come complete with feed conveyors,” the spokeswoman said.

“The intention is to use the housing to minimise climatic stress on the ewes and to ensure lamb survival.”

She said the hybrid farm system complements the all-outdoor operation on the WKT farm.

“So Maui Milk is able to compare the pros and cons of each. Just as in the cow dairy industry, it is expected that there is a role for both.”

  • Farmers who would like to visit have been encouraged to make contact via email for an invitation (office@southerncrossdairysheep.co.nz).

MAUI Milk will showcase their state-of-the art 770-hectare sheep milking operation in an open day early next year and they expect it will attract a great deal of interest.

The property overlooks Lake Taupo with a stunning new facility that can milk 2000 ewes.

“The enterprise has incorporated genetic, electronic and mechanical technology to combine a hybrid farm system with a new hybrid dairy sheep created specifically for New Zealand conditions,” a spokeswoman said.

“It will provide access to genetics and knowledge for farmers interested in converting to become suppliers to Maui Milk Limited.

“We expect the open day and the range of innovations which make the development unique will be of interest to a significant number of farmers,” she said.

The 770-hectare property, known as Waikino Station, has been funded by the Maui Food Group Ltd, the Shanghai-based marketing company which formed Maui Milk with joint venture partner Waituhi Kuratau Trust (WKT) who pioneered sheep milking in the region in 2007.

“The property has been developed with new pasture, plantain and lucerne, and a 64-bale internal rotary has been imported from France, with in-line electronic milk meters, automatic cup removers, Reporoa backing gates, and an adjustable height platform in the pit to ensure comfort and ergonomic efficiency for milkers.

“Two barns, capable of housing 1000 ewes each, come complete with feed conveyors,” the spokeswoman said.

“The intention is to use the housing to minimise climatic stress on the ewes and to ensure lamb survival.”

She said the hybrid farm system complements the all-outdoor operation on the WKT farm.

“So Maui Milk is able to compare the pros and cons of each. Just as in the cow dairy industry, it is expected that there is a role for both.”

  • Farmers who would like to visit have been encouraged to make contact via email for an invitation (office@southerncrossdairysheep.co.nz).
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