Our Second Annual G.O.A.T. ( Greatest Of All Time ) Sheep & Goat Festival is fast approaching!  We will be at Thee Draper Village at Merc Farms, located at 2980 Brown Road, Draper, VA 24324 on Saturday September 24th, 2022 9am – 4pm Rain or Shine!  We will be bigger and better than last year!  Multiple Food Stations, a Live Display of over 30 Breeds!  Lots of fun and activities for the kids, as well as Educational Demos!  Shearing of Sheep and Goats – Hoof Trimming!  Come on out and see what it’s all about!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome

The New River Valley Sheep & Goat Club was established in August of 2014.

We are a network of sheep and goat producers dedicated to promoting, advocating for, and growing the number of sheep and goats in the mountains of rural Southwest Virginia, as well as nearby regions of North Carolina and West Virginia.

At this time, we boast over 200 Member Farms, totaling almost 500 individual members. Our members understand the importance and value of sheep and goats to the economic health of our communities and agricultural diversity of our communities, as well as our responsibility to educate the general public regarding issues related to farming, working with animals, and rural economic development.

Our Mission, Our Responsibility

Support our Sheep and Goat Farmers: We feel a strong responsibility to support our members, including those who are established producers of sheep and goats, but also to guide and encourage our young members and those who represent our future generations. Our mission is to provide that support wherever possible and to also provide a united sense of community among our member producers. Our sheep and goat producers generate many benefits to our communities that are provided by the raising of sheep and goats on our hillsides and the NRV Sheep and Goat Club is here to help.

Support our Artisan Members: One vital part of our organization are our artisan members, those of our members who use their artistic skills to create many unique and specialized handcrafted products. Our talented member artisans create products such as fiber arts (including handspun yarns, knitted and felted items, and wearable art and clothing), goat milk and other soaps, and lotions.

Preserve our Culture: We are also respectful of the fact that thousands of years of raising sheep and goats as part of man’s agricultural practices have provided many of the ingredients necessary to allow us to survive, prosper, and live a more comfortable life.

Interested in joining the club? Click here.

Club Newsletters!

Keep up with the club with our quarterly newsletter!

Why Join?

  • Become a part of our network of Sheep and Goat producers: Together we can help educate, inform, and this build a strong sheep and goat industry in Southwest Virginia. We welcome all aspects of the sheep and goat industry, including  all meat, milk, and fiber breeds as well as derived products, such as pelts, fleece, fiber, and health and beauty products and individuals who keep sheep and goats just for pets.
  • Access our Member Directory; Find help, knowledge, and resources through our members. We list information about breeds and specialties of each of our members. An additional benefit of being a club member is, your farm will be included in our directory.
  • Participate in Exclusive Events, Festivals, and Sales: We assist in marketing our members sheep & goats, generally our members receive higher prices through collectively shipping larger loads. Also, we organize trips to festivals and hold educational meetings!

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Farm Credit of the Virginias -- Our Festival Sponsor for Fall Activities Tent!!! THANK YOU for being so generous and such a GREAT supporter of our farming communities and their families 😍

Don't forget to CHECK OUT our Event Page for details on the GREATEST OF ALL TIME SHEEP AND GOAT FESTIVAL!!
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Farm Credit of the Virginias -- Our Festival Sponsor for Fall Activities Tent!!!  THANK YOU for being so generous and such a GREAT supporter of our farming communities and their families 😍  Dont forget to CHECK OUT our Event Page for details on the GREATEST OF ALL TIME SHEEP AND GOAT FESTIVAL!!

Thursday is survey day! There is a link at the end of this post and your input is appreciated.

The Club has a mission to support the economic growth of our members. We support the development of small, independent meat processing facilities in our area.

Our members would be able to make more $ from their animals if were possible to have USDA inspected meats processed locally (currently our members lose around 12 hrs to drop off and pick up just in driving time) - and provide farm fresh meats to the community.

The survey below is to see if there is enough demand to support such a facility.

The more information the survey receives, the more useful it will be. Thank you!

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Hello NRV Sheep and Goat Club,

Among the many things Wellfarm is working on for farmers is getting a meat processing facility brought to southwestern Virginia. The vision for this facility is BIG. It will be USDA inspected and able to serve red meat species from Virginia and neighboring states to produce a quality, ethical product to more easily market to the local consumer.

In order to get there, though, we need help proving the demand for a facility like this. Would you be willing to complete the survey in the link below to indicate what meat processing needs of your members are not being met and how your member's farms might be able to grow with enhanced meat processing options? And please share the survey with any producers or groups that should be included?

The results of this survey heavily dictate the market demand in the feasibility study so we want as many people to fill it out as possible for the most accurate data.

*** www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JKPD9T

wellfarm.org | info@wellfarm.org
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Thursday is survey day!  There is a link at the end of this post and your input is appreciated.  The Club has a mission to support the economic growth of our members.  We support the development of small, independent meat processing facilities in our area.  Our members would be able to make more $ from their animals if were possible to have USDA inspected meats processed locally (currently our members lose around 12 hrs to drop off and pick up just in driving time) - and provide farm fresh meats to the community.  The survey below is to see if there is enough demand to support such a facility.  The more information the survey receives, the more useful it will be.  Thank you!  ——//////——//////  Hello NRV Sheep and Goat Club,  Among the many things Wellfarm is working on for farmers is getting a meat processing facility brought to southwestern Virginia. The vision for this facility is BIG. It will be USDA inspected and able to serve red meat species from Virginia and neighboring states to produce a quality, ethical product to more easily market to the local consumer.  In order to get there, though, we need help proving the demand for a facility like this. Would you be willing to complete the survey in the link below to indicate what meat processing needs of your members are not being met and how your members farms might be able to grow with enhanced meat processing options? And please share the survey with any producers or groups that should be included?  The results of this survey heavily dictate the market demand in the feasibility study so we want as many people to fill it out as possible for the most accurate data.  *** https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JKPD9T  wellfarm.org | info@wellfarm.org

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• slept more comfortably
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• woke less frequently during the night.

The temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking properties of wool combine to create the ideal sleep environment. Research has also found that infants and preschoolers sleep more peacefully and less fitfully on wool bedding. Learn more: iwto.org/wellness/wool-sleep/

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Here's another breed we will have on display in the Livestock Tent at our Greatest of All Time Sheep and Goat Festival -- Clun Forest Sheep!! Hope to see you there on September 24, 2022 in Draper, VA!! Be sure to check out our EVENT PAGE for more details!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Heres another breed we will have on display in the Livestock Tent at our Greatest of All Time Sheep and Goat Festival -- Clun Forest Sheep!!  Hope to see you there on September 24, 2022 in Draper, VA!!  Be sure to check out our EVENT PAGE for more details!!!!

The “non-traditional” market is also important to the goat industry - and a reason the Club organizes tractor trailers to take members’ livestock to the New Holland livestock auction at key times during the year. Better prices for quality stock. ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Organized by breed and species
  • Endorsed by the NRV Sheep & Goat Club

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