One of the great farmstead cheeses from neighboring Wisconsin is featured in this week’s AgriView:
While dairy cows dominate Wisconsin agriculture, there’s a new kid on the block – the milking ewe. Still wet-behind-its-ears in comparison to this state’s long-standing tradition of cow dairying, Wisconsin’s dairy sheep industry looks like it’s here to stay – and grow – if producers like Jeff and Vicky Simpkins are any indication.
This heads-up Polk County couple has built themselves an impressive dairy sheep operation and companion farmstead cheese plant. Looking ahead, they see Shepherd’s Ridge Creamery as a vocation for retirement and a family-friendly business with potential to grow with involvement of their daughter and possibly their grandkids.