Shepherd's Ridge Creamery
The popularity of sheep's milk cheese and dairy products continues to grow, along with Shepherd's Ridge Creamery. Read about the process and people of their plantation:
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.