14 Nov 2023

AgShow turns 160, shows off sheep milking for first time

From Nine To Noon, 9:40 am on 14 November 2023

It's Cup and Show week in Christchurch and this year attendees of the New Zealand Agricultural Show will be able to see sheep milking in action.

The three-day event, which kicks off tomorrow, is also marking its 160th anniversary and organisers are hoping to surpass last year's attendance number of 125,000 which was the biggest-ever. In among the family favourites of woodchopping, dog trials and show-jumping will be Matt Jones and a few of his 600 sheep. He and his family made the switch to sheep milking thanks to food intolerances and allergies. Jones Family Farm now make milk, cheese and skincare products.

Matt tells Kathryn it's still a relative novelty for people to see sheep being milked, but there's enormous benefits to what's produced.

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Photo: Susan Murray/RNZ