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It is worth the drive to Acton, if you want to see a unique sheep farm and milk, yogurt and cheese producer.
I reported on this about this time last year for CBC-KW, and recently Ovino has announced that family farm tours are back following the Covid-19 enclosure movement that shut things down. Visit Ovino for more information about the tours which begin this Saturday. It’s a very interesting operation and the sheep-milk products are tasty.
Ovino is hoping that the demand for sheep-milk products continues to increase, and with their state-of-the-art facility near Acton, Ontario, able to accommodate 2,000 sheep, they’re ready to meet that demand.
“We’ve found a niche for sheep milk that wasn’t being served. A lot of people are lactose-intolerant, and we want to bring them lactose-friendly milk,” said Jay Akras, Ovino business development manager.
Lactose intolerance is a condition that can affect some individuals — approximately seven million Canadians, according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation — who have a deficiency in the enzyme lactase resulting in digestive discomfort when consuming milk products.
With 700 ewes, Lacaune and East Friesian breeds, in the bright, open building, Ovino, a family business, produces milk in three fat-percentages and a Balkan-style yogurt, with plans for feta cheese and flavoured yogurt production in the works ….