Upcoming Events

Educational Meeting – February 11th, 2023

This year’s meeting is not to be missed!  One of our favorite speakers – Dr. Kevin Pelzer of Virginia Tech will be with us once again sharing his immense knowledge and engaging sense of humor with us!  He will be discussing a variety of topics to help you raise healthy sheep and goats.  We will go from 10am – approximately 3pm with lunch included.  This meeting is for club members only, so if you’ve been “on the fence” about joining, now is the time!  Send us a message and we’ll help you join!

Annual Club Bus Trip – July 13 – 15, 2023

This year’s overnight bus trip will be a great one! This will be a three-day/two-night trip July 13 – 15. We will be going to SouthEastern Ohio this time around and just look at all the great places we will visit: A meat goat farm, a dairy goat farm, a fiber goat farm, a hair sheep farm, a wool/meat sheep farm, a wool sheep farm, a woollen mill, and some Amish shops! Whew! This trip will be jam-packed with exciting things to see and learn about! Let us know if you are interested in this awesome trip!

Third Annual Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Sheep & Goat Festival – September 23rd, 2023

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! This year’s Festival promises to be the biggest and best ever!!! This year’s festival will be held at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin, Virginia! Yes, we will still have all of your favorite attractions – Live Music, Live demonstrations including sheep & goat shearing, goat milking, yarn spinning and Dog Trials! Petting Zoo, Kid’s craft and activity area, Photo booth, Sheep and Goat Breed Display, Many Vendors – Club Members who make exciting creations from wool and/or goat milk! Educational booths and displays, and everyone’s favorite – the Spinning Wheel of Prizes! This year we will also have a Starter Flock Sale! If you’ve been “on the fence” about raising sheep or goats, this is your chance to get a great start! Be prepared to be dazzled and have more fun in one day than you can imagine! EWE don’t want to miss this!!!

Plus: Please check out our Calendar of Events page frequently as we are always adding Wool-working classes, and other fun and educational events that you may be interested in!

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 250 Member Farms, totaling almost 600 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!

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Podcast!🎙We are excited to announce the launch of Season 2 of Baas and Bleats! Hosted by Lesley Moser and Ann DiPastina, the 2022 Emerging Leaders for AASRP, this season highlights student representatives and faculty liaisons from veterinary colleges throughout North America. From wetlabs to lunchtime lectures, students are taking the lead in preparing for their future as small ruminant and camelid practitioners. Tune in to hear exciting examples of initiative and mentorship.

Listen to Baas and Bleats wherever you download your podcasts. You can also access episodes at: Baa's and Bleat's - The AASRP Podcast (buzzsprout.com). The Season 2 trailer and first episode are live!

Students: this is your time! Let us know what your student organization is doing to ready the next generation of small ruminant & camelid veterinarians.

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

  • Explore classified ads from our members
  • Organized by breed and species
  • Endorsed by the NRV Sheep & Goat Club

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