Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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WoolDrift Farm - Grey County

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Axel Meister; Chris Buschbeck; Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce

Axel Meister; Chris Buschbeck; Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce

WoolDrift Farm, the first commercial sheep milking operation in the province, has shepherded the growth of Ontario's sheep milk industry. Owners Chris Buschbeck and Axel Meister were the first to import East Friesian dairy sheep embryos into Canada and continuously improved the genetics of the flock, resulting in sales across North America. These innovators have been instrumental in founding the Ontario Dairy Sheep Association and have attracted farmers to the sheep milk market through various educational symposiums and workshops. Today, more than 50 Ontario farmers are milking sheep commercially, producing 1.5 million litres of milk which is poured into artisan cheeses, yogurt, ricotta and feta cheese.


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