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.

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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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Ticks are a growing human and livestock health concern. Looks to be a useful webinar!The Asian Longhorned Tick is an invasive, exotic tick first identified in the U.S. in 2017. This tick prefers habitats with tall grasses and woods but is highly mobile, attaching to more than 25 known hosts in the U.S., including birds and humans. On August 23-24, NCBA and U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a virtual event to discuss tick identification and current research at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) as well as special attention to the emerging diseases carried by ticks and their treatment options.

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Do they propagate anything nasty?

Good Morning!! Did you know that we will have a Livestock Exhibition of over 30 sheep and goat breeds at our 2nd Annual Greatest of All Time Sheep & Goat Festival on September 24, 2022 in Draper, VA!! Here is another breed that will be "attending" 😍 -- a Kiko Goat!!! Hope to see you at this FREE community event that is being sponsored by our Club and open to the Public. And don't forget to CHECK OUT our EVENT PAGE for more details!!! And SHARE this post 😁 ... See MoreSee Less

Good Morning!!  Did you know that we will have a Livestock Exhibition of over 30 sheep and goat breeds at our 2nd Annual Greatest of All Time Sheep & Goat Festival on September 24, 2022 in Draper, VA!!  Here is another breed that will be attending 😍 -- a Kiko Goat!!! Hope to see you at this FREE community event that is being sponsored by our Club and open to the Public.  And dont forget to CHECK OUT our EVENT PAGE for more details!!!  And SHARE this post 😁

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Happy Friday!  Hang in there!

Livestock guardian dogs are a natural protection for your farm/herd, but even they need structure and training to be an asset to your farm. The more information you have, the better you can work with your dog.Are you interested in learning more about livestock guardian dogs for your sheep or goats? Dr. Reid Redden and his colleagues at Texas A&M have a great article on the subject.

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Livestock guardian dogs are a natural protection for your farm/herd, but even they need structure and training to be an asset to your farm.   The more information you have, the better you can work with your dog.

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Ahhhhh sweet picture 📸

RISE AND SHINE ☀️ and check out these beauties!!!! Teeswater Sheep! If you want to see this breed in person -- make sure and mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Greatest of All Time Sheep & Goat Festival returning to Draper, VA on Saturday, September 24, 2022. You don't want to miss it😍 And be sure to CHECK OUT our EVENT PAGE for more details!!! ... See MoreSee Less

RISE AND SHINE ☀️ and check out these beauties!!!!  Teeswater Sheep!  If you want to see this breed in person -- make sure and mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Greatest of All Time Sheep & Goat Festival returning to Draper, VA on Saturday, September 24, 2022.  You dont want to miss it😍  And be sure to CHECK OUT our EVENT PAGE for more details!!!

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I WANNA SPIN THAT!!

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