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2020 SheepMilkNZ Conference

Extending the Potential

Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Lincoln University


New Zealand’s sixth annual sheep milk conference is moving from the North Island to the south in 2020. This year’s line-up of presentations and workshops over the two days will focus on markets, human nutrition,  manufacturing, , environment, breeding, genetics and farm operations. The conference includes the results of the recent clinical trials that compared the human health and nutritional benefits of sheep over cow milk, the findings of a five nation study of markets and product options for NZ sheep milk producers, results of Massey-MPI survey of all current NZ sheep milk producers and presentations on manufacturing and processing options for sheep milk producers in the South Island, workshops on getting started in sheep dairying, animal welfare and a Canterbury sheep dairy farm   tour.


Programme 2020 SheepMilkNZ Conference
Lincoln University, Canterbury

Note: Current  programme Draft
Day 1Tuesday March 30 Stewart Lecture Theatre

9.30-10.00 Powhiri and Welcome
Morning tea 10.00-10.30
10.30-12.00 Session 1: Consumers, Markets and Products  (Chair, Craig Prichard, Massey)

  • 10.30-11.00 Sheep Milk Production Options in  Five offshore Markets; Results from PGF Sheep and Goat Milk Project (John Morgan and Shane Kells)
  • 11.00-11.20 Fernglen
  • 11.20-11.40 Spring Sheep
  • 11.40- 12.00 Maui Milk

12.00-1pm Lunch and trade stands (lunch features Canterbury Sheep Milk Products)

1.00-3.00 pm Session 2: Environment (Chair: TBC)

  • 1.00-1.30: Environmental impact of sheep dairying in NZ: what we have learnt so far (Dianne Selbie, AGR)
  • 1.30-1.50  Canterbury, Water and Nitrates (Mike Joy, Victoria U)
  • 1.50-2.10  Low nitrogen Sheep Dairying in Canterbury (Rod McMillan, Farmer)
  • 2.10-2.30  Sheep Dairying and Greenhouse Gas emissions (TBC)
  • 2.30-2.45  On farm spoilage bacteria (Alexis Risson, Massey U)
  • 2.45-3.00  Panel discussion

3.00pm – 3.15 Afternoon Tea

3.15-4.15: Session 3: Manufacturing

  • 3.15-3.30 Specialist Spray Drier, (Tiago Oliveira, Fluid Air Systems, Australia)
  • 3.30-3.45: Freezer Unit, (Andy Rowe, Cuddon Engineering , TBC)
  • 3.45-4.00 Science and applications of a new sheep milk freezing technology (Jolin Morel, Massey U)
  • 4.00-4.15: Canterbury Manufacturing  Panel

4.15-6.30pm:  Session 4: Farm Tours (includes  mobile milking platform demo and two farms) bus traveling from Lincoln to Riverside Market for conference dinner and returning to Lincoln)

6.00-6.30 Travel into Christchurch to Riverside market

6.30-9.30 Conference Dinner (Riverside Market – upstairs)
6.30-7pm Drinks
7.30-9.30: Dinner  (featuring NZ sheep milk products)
Conference Speaker; TBC
Entertainment: Sheep Milk Shenanigans

Day 2 April 1, 2020 Stewart Lecture Theatre 1

9.00-10.00 Session 4  Key Note
The full picture: Findings from the ShinDig study – a human clinical trial comparing digestibility of sheep and cow milk (Amber Milan, Auckland U)

10.00-11.00pm Session 5: AgResearch Sheep Milk Nutrition Session (titles and presenters to follow)

  •  New Zealand Milks Mean More –research programme on cow, sheep, goat and deer milk (Linda Samuelsson:, AgReserch)
  • Insights into sheep milk digestion from a rodent study (Natalie Ahlborn, AgResearch)
  •  Are sheep and cow milk A2 beta-casein the same? (Evelyne Maes, AgResearch)

11.00-11.30 Morning Tea

11.30-1pm Session 6: Farm Operations, Breeding and Genetics    (chair: TBA)  

11.30: REIMS – a novel tool for rapid screening of sheep milk ( Alastair Ross,m AgResearch)

1.00-2.00 Lunch


  • Workshop 1: Getting Started in Sheep Dairying – New Entrant Session
  • Workshop 2: Dairy Sheep Code of Welfare  (Will Halliday, Beef and Lamb)

3.00-3.15 Afternoon Tea available

3.00-4pm National and Regional Development (Chair, Sarah O’Connell, The Agribusiness Group)

  • Massey-MPI Survey of NZ Sheep Dairy Operators (Craig Prichard, Massey and Anh Thi Ngoc Nguyen, MPI)
  • Extending the impact of dairy sheep research. (David Steven, AgResearch)
  • Canterbury Dairy Sheep Association  (Chair, Sarah O’Connell, The Agribusiness Group)

3.30-4pm Closing  Final remarks and farewell

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