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Maui Milk sheep milk powder is made using 100% pure New Zealand milk from free range sheep located within the Waikato region of New Zealand.
The milk is sourced from 14 exclusive milk supply farms which are all located within a short distance of the factory.
The raw milk used in the manufacture of Maui Sheep Milk Powder is sourced from Maui’s own Southern Cross™ breed of sheep, which naturally produce the A2 β-casein type protein.
Independent testing of the product confirms that the A1 β-casein type protein is below the quantification level of the analytical method used.
The farms supplying sheep milk to Maui Milk use a pastoral-based farming system without the use of indoor barns.
The sheep free range outside all year round where they graze on fresh grass and forage crops as their main food source. They are provided with supplementary feed to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
Maui Milk holds a NZ FernMark License (Licence No.100123) which verifies that the product has been made in New Zealand.
Maui Milk skim sheep milk powder is made from 100% raw sheep milk, there are no added preservatives, additives, sugar, colouring or flavouring.
A recent New Zealand study suggests that sheep milk may be more readily digested than other milk sources.
Maui Milk skim sheep milk powder is shelf stable for 24 months when unopened and stored under ambient conditions.
* Pasture can be defined as grasses, plantain, clover, rye, lucerne, chicory and other vegetative plant material that is consumed through free range grazing. Forage crops including brassica and fodder beet varietals may also be cultivated on farm for the sheep to graze.
**Based on a single 150mL serving size
New Zealand Sheep Milk Nutritional Composition
|Component||NZ Sheep Milk||Cow Milk|
|Total Protein (%)||6.2||3.3-3.9|
|Vitamin B2 (ug/100mL)||406||200|
|Vitamin B12 (ug/100mL)||0.68||0.27-0.7|
Note. This data has been retrieved from Ag Research (n.d). New Zealand Sheep Milk Nutritional Composition.
Maui Milk skim sheep milk powder is tested for safety and quality, using both factory (in-house) and independent accredited laboratories.
Testing is undertaken at each step along the supply chain, from the raw milk on farm, during processing through to the final product, ensuring the product complies with NZ regulations and standards. Testing includes:
New Zealand has Acts and Regulations to ensure all dairy products are safe for consumers and that manufacturers use fair and sustainable practices. All dairy products must comply with the Animal Products Act, 1999 and all milk suppliers must meet the New Zealand Animal Welfare standards.
All farms, transporters, processing and storage facilities operate under a Risk Management Programme (RMP). They are routinely audited to demonstrate compliance against the requirements of their RMP.
There are systems in place throughout Maui Milk’s supply chain to ensure that high standards of safety and quality are being met.
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All milk is supplied from farms that have a verified Risk Management Plan (RMP) approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure that the health and welfare of their sheep and the quality of their milk is maintained.
There are regular independent audits of each farm to ensure these requirements are being met.
The factory operates under a Risk Management Programme (RMP) as required by the Animal Products Act, 1999 and is Halal Certified.
The transport company has a current Risk Management Programme (RMP) registered with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) before it can freight any dairy products.
This is a requirement of the Animal Products Act 1999. The transport company is audited by approved independent auditors to ensure standards are being met and maintained.
The shipping company ensures that the products are accompanied by all export documents that are required by the importing country including:
All documentation required by the importing country must be completed and approved before it can be loaded onto the ship.
Established in 2017 Maui Milk’s purpose-built breeding programme is located at Waikino Station where they have developed a unique dairy sheep breed called the Southern Cross™.
Maui Milk suppliers have exclusive access to Southern Cross™ rams every season which assures them of genetic gain and genetic diversity.
The 14 farms supplying the sheep milk do so exclusively using a typical NZ pastoral based farming system where dairy sheep are free range and pasture fed.
To ensure animal health is maintained Maui Milk’s sheep milk supply farms seek support from professional veterinarians and must comply with the requirements stated in the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act 1999, which is governed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.