Our farm consists of 150 acres, almost all usable, 100 kilometers North West of Toronto. It is used solely for our sheep. The fields close to the buildings are grazed throughout the summer. The remainder is used for winter feed conservation (mainly alpha-alpha, grass and red clover).
We also grow cereals (oats and wheat) and some peas for protein. Thus we are self sufficient for all our needs for feed and bedding and do not need to risk buying GMO varieties of corn and soy beans.
The ewes are milked in a quick exit parlour in groups of 12. The milk flows by pipeline into a tank located inside a walk-in cooler; after it cools to 5° C or less it is pailed and transferred to an adjoining walk-in freezer and stored until required. The sheep are fed some grain at milking time, individually. We are very proud of our milk recording jars as these enable us to monitor yields on a twice a day basis. Thus variations in yield are quickly noticed. The animals are housed in the winter. In fine weather during the summer, they graze but have the opportunity to shelter in the buildings.