Maui Milk has acquired a 770ha farm near Lake Taupo and is converting it to a sheep milking operation aimed at achieving $4 million farm income within two to three years.
Those seeking to grow the fledgling sheep milk industry have just taken a big step forward in breeding a composite sheep especially for New Zealand conditions.
A big challenge to the New Zealand sheep milking industry is that a lot of the known science is based on overseas indoor, or mixed indoor-outdoor systems.
Talk of a billion dollar sheep dairy industry is unhelpful, according Maui Milk chief executive Peter Gatley.
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.