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.

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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!

Club News

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Useful article. No LGD is magical and just know what to do in the fields - a good LGD takes time and training. It is worth the investment.\~Livestock Guardian Dog | Training a Pup~

A livestock guardian dog is essential when homesteading or farming. The key to having a loyal, hard working adult LGD is the ongoing training which occurs as a pup.

Raising livestock is an investment, one which must be protected. This is especially true if you will be raising livestock on pasture or in a rotational grazing system. Many homesteaders and farmers find having a livestock guardian dog on the property prevents the loss of livestock such as goats, sheep, even cattle.

Link to the full blog post >>
homesteadersofamerica.com/livestock-guardian-dogs-puppy-training/
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Useful article.  No LGD is magical and just know what to do in the fields - a good LGD takes time and training.  It is worth the investment.

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Any LGD puppies out there near SW Virginia ?

Nice recipe for hump dayGoat-s...lots of them! Can't have just one... ... See MoreSee Less

Nice recipe for hump day

Can you ever have enough gorgeous fiber? Plan to come next weekend, support small family farms and artisans, and join a class! The Club will be there - come find us and get a prize! Blue Ridge Fiber Fest GypsyMountainFarmLook at that color! Wow! This is just an example of what you can expect at the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest, June 3 & 4, 9 AM to 5 PM. Gypsy Mountain Farm is the one-woman enterprise of Robin Doty and she will be in the Black Building with her beautiful array of yarns, rovings and knitted items.

You can still sign up for a class at www.blueridgefiberfest.com - classes that don't meet the instructor's minimum won't be held, so, don't miss out!
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Can you ever have enough gorgeous fiber?  Plan to come next weekend, support small family farms and artisans, and join a class!  The Club will be there - come find us and get a prize!  Blue Ridge Fiber Fest GypsyMountainFarm

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Thanks for sharing the post !!!

Ever wonder what goes into getting a goat ready for a show? Here is an upcoming webinar to teach you or help improve your skills. ... See MoreSee Less

Ever wonder what goes into getting a goat ready for a show?   Here is an upcoming webinar to teach you or help improve your skills.Image attachment

Hey fellow club members! Some newly purchased Jacob sheep in Floyd are on the loose. Well, they got spooked and broke out and are now loose on the Parkway. Any of you living in that are, please keep an eye out. Also, if you have well trained sheep dogs, may give them a holler. Eight now, as they are so scared, feed isn't really enticing to them. If we can get an exact location, in going to go try and see if they will come to me. Y'all say a little prayer and help if you can. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are giving up for the night folks. Hopefully animal control or a vet will be able to help tomorrow. if you have friends and family that travel the parkway, please ask them to slow down and be mindful along the areas around Rocky knob and saddle overlook

Thanks everyone! They are from our farm on Tuggles Gap, which backs up between Rocky Knob and MM 166. Last seen at the Saddle Overlook then not spotted there an hour or so later. Seem to be heading south. We are in the ER with a family emergency today and appreciate all of the kindness. They are new to our farm - 2 ewes and 4 lambs.

Hey guys I have found them! They are just south of saddle overlook. If there is anyone that can help round up, it would be greatly appreciated

Latest update. We are back at saddle overlook. if there are any horse people out there with trailers and or portable corral panels, we could use some help.

Ellen Stuart is this near you?

Local Floyd group posted about sheep out on the parkway yesterday.

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Sheep for Sale, Goats for Sale, and Other Services from Our Members

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

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