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Wooldrift Farm

When Axel Meister and his wife Chris Buschbeck imported East Friesian sheep embryos from their native Germany in the early 1990s they became one of the first commercial sheep milking operations in North America. At this Markdale farm the dairy sheep graze freely in pasture all summer long and are given a respite from milking during the winter months. Axel explains that because his sheep eat an abundanceof fresh grass their milk contains a high level of conjugated linoleic acids, chemical compounds found in milk that have been studied for their anti-carcinogenic and body-weight management properties. Wooldrift offers some unusual and absolutely delicious cheeses including pecorino, a semi-hard Italian-style cheese, a yogourt-based cheese called labneh (available on demand), and sheep’s milk feta (both pasteurized and unpasteurized) processed byRiver’s Edge Goat Dairy, a licensed cheese and yogourt-making plant in Arthur.  Axel and Chris were instrumental in founding the Ontario Dairy Sheep Association and in 2009 Wooldrift Farm won the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. 636424 Euphrasia-Holland Townline ▪ RR#3, Markdale,         N0C 1H0   519-538-2844

From the farm gate
Pecorino cheese
Feta cheese
Labneh (yogourt-based cheese)
Lamb chops
Lamb sausages
Whole lamb (custom-butchered)
High quality milk supplement for orphan
lambs and puppies
Milk bath (cosmetic)
Breeding stock

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Written by Jennifer Pittet for Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Association