Kingsmeade Cheese are proud to offer New Zealand's first recognised Dairy Sheep breed for sale - "Dairymeade". Their descendants were of the original East Friesian milking genetics brought into Dunedin, New Zealand by Dr Jock Allison in 1992. These East Friesian frozen semen straws were put into big framed Coopworth and Border Leicester, which proved hardy enough for New Zealand conditions. Careful breeding with East Friesian rams and meticulous culling over the years have resulted in a very highly adapted milking ewe for New Zealand and international conditions. They come in both pure white and black with a white blaze, feet and tail, originally known as Zwartbles which come from the same areas of Germany and the Netherlands. We have re-named these as the “Woolblacks”. The DairyMeade breed are hardy, highly fertile, big framed and have been bred with a suitable temperament for milking. They do not require housing.
Traditionally, East Friesians were used as milking sheep (mostly in Europe). They are known as friendly, clever, robust, highly fertile (they usually have twins or triplets) and are extremely good milkers.
With years of Miles' care, selective breeding and detailed genetics studies, Kingsmeade's original flock of 200 East Fresians has evolved into its own breed - Dairymeade - and is now certified as New Zealand's first dairy sheep breed.
Today, the Dairymeade ewes are particularly sought after for their excellent health. For enquiries about purchasing our lambs or for more information about Dairymeade sheep, please email us here.