Largest dairy sheep farm in Canada opens near Toronto

OVINO opens its doors to the public on June 12

TORONTO, June 8, 2021 / CNW / – OVINO is a new business that will house more than 2,000 sheep. OVINO uses advanced technologies in the automation of feeding, littering and milking. Sheep are fed and laid down by TKS electric feeding and bedding machines which are suspended from the ceiling and move along structural steel rails. The ewes are milked twice a day in a rotating milking parlor that can milk up to 1000 ewes per hour. The sheep’s milk is then processed on the farm to produce fresh sheep’s milk and sheep’s milk yogurt.

“There is a significant and growing demand for sheep’s milk from consumers who like its nutritional value, flavor and digestibility. Said Jay Akras, Director of Business Development, OVINO. Sheep’s milk contains almost double the nutritional value of cow’s milk in terms of higher protein, minerals and vitamins. Unlike goat’s milk, sheep’s milk has a flavor similar to cow’s milk while being naturally creamier and sweeter. Sheep’s milk is also the perfect alternative for people who are lactose intolerant or who simply cannot drink cow’s milk. After all, nearly 70% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant.

The digestibility of sheep’s milk is due to several factors. The proteins in sheep’s milk are very different from those in cow’s milk, both in structure and in composition. Sheep’s milk is naturally type A2 milk, free from the A1 beta-casein protein found in most cow’s milk which has been associated with digestive discomforts such as painful cramps and bloating. Sheep’s milk is also richer in short to medium chain fatty acids which are easier to digest due to a more efficient metabolism. Due to all of these factors, many people who are lactose intolerant or who cannot drink cow’s milk have no problem enjoying sheep’s milk and sheep’s milk products.

OVINO will offer farm tours as well as sheep milk and sheep yogurt tastings every weekend from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. departure June 12 when the farm opens to the public for the first time. A grand opening will take place later this year once COVID restrictions are lifted. Currently, OVINO sells its products on the farm and works on the distribution of its products in stores through Ontario.

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