Stan and Stacey Siebenga and their five children have lived at what was Alan Lott's farm for five years. They have a 100 acres on which they grow food for their flock of 100 East Friesian ewes, which they milk. Stacey is a school teacher. They have good soil on the farm and around 80 acres of workable land with 10 acres of maple bush. Stan grows corn, grain and hay for the sheep. The ewes lamb in February and usually have twins. Stan starts milking once the lambs are 30 days old and he continues milking until the end of November. The milking ewes are keep in an large airy barn.
Stan grew up on a dairy farm in Lacombe, Alberta and Stacey comes from Brighton. Stan came on a visit to Ontario intending to stay for six months and 23 years later he is still here. After they married they milked cows for a while but after reading an article in Ontario Farmer they decided to milk sheep. It was difficult to start with as they had to find markets for their milk. Early on some went to cheese makers in Quebec. Now they provide Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Ltd with milk. Petra Cooper contacted them about her plans for Fifth Town about seven years about and this encouraged them to move to Thurlow. East Friesan sheep originate from East Frieland now part of Saxony in Germany. One of the characteristics of East Friesian sheep is they have a rat tail like tail with no wool on it. East Friesians are some of the most productive milk sheep in the world. Their milk is very rich with a high fat and protein content. They also produce good quality wool in a variety of different colours.