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New NZ Sheep Dairy expected to milk 5000 Ewes

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Aug 25, 2017

Super Organic Dairy Farm taking shape near Lake Taupo. Super Organic Dairy Farm taking shape near Lake Taupo.

A new sheep milking business using a world-first combined milking/feeding platform will start operating by October.

The Chinese-owned Super Organic Dairy Company farm at Kuratau, on the southwestern side of Lake Taupo, hopes to milk up to 5000 sheep.

It is also investing in the genetic development of a new dairy sheep breed specifically for New Zealand conditions.

GEA won the contract to supply the equipment: a feeding system in the form of conveyor belts, a 64-bail internal rotary with a capacity for 5000 sheep, and DairyPlan S21 software for monitoring and recording all aspects of milk production.

GEA after market and service solutions manager Grant Coburn says the new platform takes sheep milking in NZ to a new level.

“GEA will play a central role in further reinforcing sheep dairying in this area, including supporting the genetic development of a dairy sheep breed specific to NZ conditions.

“This is the first time GEA has installed this combination of equipment on a sheep milking platform and it will be the first installation of its kind for GEA worldwide.”

The company won the contract by being best able to meet the customer’s equipment and genetic engineering needs, says Coburn.

“GEA ultimately won the project because we can meet the parameters most important to the customer: to increase sheep milk production on the dairy farm and facilitate a system for them to accurately gather data for the development of this new sheep breed.”

All equipment has been delivered and installed at the farm.

Coburn says the customer required machinery designed specifically for sheep milking -- cost-efficient to operate, maximising milk production and minimising labor.

Also, the customer’s intention to develop a new dairy sheep breed specifically for milking in NZ conditions caused it to favour GEA for its the ability to support this research. “So GEA will not only be an equipment supplier, but also will act as the customer’s partner in delivering the information necessary to aid the genetic development research.”

Coburn believes the demand for sheep milk is huge in Asia, where it is sold as a high-end health produ...
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