December's Producer Spotlight:
Old Chatham Sheepherding
in the rolling countryside between the Hudson River and the foothills of
the Berkshire Mountains, Old Chatham Sheepherding Company began in 1994
with a dream and 150 sheep. Today, with a flock of over 1000 East
Friesian crossbred sheep; this dream has come to life.
recently been certified by the American Humane Association, The Old
Chatham Sheepherding Company is dedicated to producing the highest
quality and best tasting sheep’s milk products on the market. Producing
a high quality artisan product requires a commitment to the health and
well-being of raising healthy, unstressed sheep according to the highest
standards of animal husbandry, while ensuring optimal milking, handling
and storage conditions thereafter.
grazing on lush, organically managed pastures and supplemented during
the winter months on hay, each Ewe is milked twice a day in a custom
milking parlor, in which an average yield of 1.5 quarts of grade A sweet
flavored, naturally homogenized milk is gathered. Each cheese is made
using pure white ewe’s milk, which has 90% more calcium and 65% more
protein than other milk sources. Although the volume of milk is lower,
in comparison to other ruminants, the concentration of solids is much
higher. After milking, the fresh ewe’s milk is cooled rapidly in a
holding tank within the milking parlor and then transported to the
creamery where each fresh gallon of milk is skillfully and masterfully
crafted into a variety of artisan cheeses. Adding to the quality of
cheese, each piece of curd is hand ladled from the vat into the mold,
preserving a higher quantity of butterfat, resulting in a world class,
high quality artisan cheese.
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