Tuesday, 14 September 2021 13:55

Spring Sheep in growth mode

Written by  Jessica Marshall
Nick Hammond Nick Hammond

Spring Sheep Company’s new chief executive Nick Hammond says the company’s in a high growth phase and on track to have over 40,000 sheep supplying milk in the next four years.

“Our focus… is scaling the business – taking our products globally, expanding our markets but also growing the business in a sustainable way,” he told Dairy News.

The company initially launched its products in Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia. New Zealand and China have recently been added to the list.

Building sales, both online and in retail stores, in China is a priority.

“We are building our presence in the Cross Border E-Commerce channel (CBEC), which takes English-label product and sells it via online platforms to Chinese customers.

“This year we are also launching into the general trade channel (bricks and mortar retail stores), with our new Chinese-label range,” Hammond says.

He says that innovation is vital to the Spring Sheep brand.

“The team is innovating across all elements of the supply channel, from milk production right through to distribution.

“We are continuously looking for ways to innovate on the farms, in production and in the product space, and as we scale up you will continue to see innovation coming from the company.”

Hammond says there is great potential for the future of sheep milk in New Zealand.

“We believe sheep milk is a sunrise industry in New Zealand with huge potential. New Zealanders are some of the best in the world in milk quality, dairy processing, pastoral dairy farming and sheep animal husbandry – sheep milking brings all of these together.”

Hammond takes over as chief executive from Scottie Chapman, who held the role for six years. He remains the executive director.

Spring Sheep chair Michael Ahie says Hammond has the skills to take the company to new heights.

“A natural entrepreneur who originally trained in accounting, finance and law, Nick is an innovator whose dedication, passion and strong business acumen have propelled Spring Sheep Milk Co. from a start-up to a high growth business. He has the full backing as the natural CEO successor from the board, the team and co-founder Scottie Chapman.”

Chapman says it has been an incredible journey with Spring Sheep over the past six years.

“Nick is the right person to scale Spring Sheep into the globally dominant sheep dairy bran it deserves to become and I will be eagerly supporting from the sidelines as Spring Sheep continues to tick off milestones next under Nick’s leadership.”

More like this

Only the chosen few

Of the 600 people who attended a recent sheep milking field day run by Spring Sheep Dairy, 45 applied to be suppliers, but only five were accepted.

Tight entry criteria

Sheep milk producer Spring Sheep Dairy has expanded its farmer supplier base by over 30% this season.

NZ sheep milk research envied

A world expert on the sheep milking industry says UK farmers would be envious of the level of research being done in New Zealand into sheep milking.


DCANZ's wish list for new Govt

New Zealand dairy companies say their policy priorities for the incoming government are the same as they were for the previous Labour administration.

Happy with ofi milk supply deal

Farmers who have switched their milk supply to the country's newest processor say they are happy with the deal they have been offered.

More milk keeps prices soft

A better than expected start to milk production in New Zealand has softened global dairy prices, says Westpac senior agri economist Nathan Penny.


'Let farmers run their farms'

A former farming leader believes that farmers should be wary that milk processors don't take over management of dairy farms…

Robots make farmers, cows happy

Bay of Plenty farmers Rob and Moira Anstis say installing robotic milkers three years ago has completely changed the way…

Machinery & Products


CNH Industrial has completed its purchase of the global satellite navigation technology leader Hemisphere GNSS (Hemisphere) for a total price…

Shorter chop version of loader

German manufacturer Strautmann is launching a shorter chop version of its Magnon 10 loader wagon that was launched in 2019.

Front-end loader with better reach

Front end loaders have become the mainstay of on-farm material handling, probably since Quicke released the first drive-in/detachable machines in…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

More hot air

OPINION: If we have a confirmed government by the time you’re reading this, we should know who will be flying…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter