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Welcome to NC Sheep Producers Association

The North Carolina Sheep Producers Association (NCSPA), is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage, support, promote, assist and educate the diverse community of NC sheep producers and to strengthen and advance the sheep industry and all other agricultural interests in North Carolina.  We strive to promote understanding and cooperation in the NC sheep industries for the common interests of producers and consumers.

Targeted grazing has offered the US sheep industry an opportunity to grow and capitalize on our sustainable grazing practices. The American Lamb Board is excited to offer an in depth education workshop for producers to assist in their success and promote industry growth.

Vegetation management for Solar arrays, vineyards, and fire suppression are the content areas for the 3-day intensives offered across the country. 


Producers interested in grazing Solar arrays will receive an American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA) certification upon course completion.

Join NC Sheep Producers for a Fireside Chat.
Everyone is welcome!

Next Chat – April 8, 2024     7:30pm

Topic: Homesteading Sheep

*Free – But registration required to receive the Zoom link.

Some of the recent topics we have chatted about….

  • Ewes & Rams
  • Solar Grazing
  • Marketing & Pricing
  • Livestock Guardian Animals
  • Hoof care
  • Nutrition
  • Where to buy feed
  • Parasite control and deworming
  • Lambing
  • Taking sheep to the market
  • Help for new sheep producers
  • etc.
 

Join us for a fun day
of fellowship and education!

 

Congratulations Charles Young!

Inducted into the NC State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame Oct. 2023.
Charles Young was one of the individuals inducted into the N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame this year. Through his work with sheep and goats, many children and young adults have learned to show livestock at both the local level! 
 
Charles Young of Lansing was inducted into the Sheep & Dairy Goats category. Young comes from a family that raised and showed Hampshire, Dorset and Suffolk sheep, as well as commercial goats. Young has been active at the State Fair Forage show since the mid-1980s. agriculture. Young dedicated much of his career to assisting youth as a county livestock agent, helping young people show sheep, goats and cattle at local shows and the N.C. State Fair. In 1996, Young worked at the first-ever N.C. State Fair meat goat show. He has been part of the meat goat and market lamb show ever since. Young also enjoyed a long career as a Cooperative Extension Livestock Agent in Stanly and Ashe counties from 1979 to 2005, as well as being a member of the N.C. Sheep Producers Association.  From check in and working with youth in the ring to announcing and judging the shows, Charles has done it all and made quite an impact on the industry. We were proud to induct him into the Livestock Hall of Fame this year! 

RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Fair celebrated another milestone in agriculture history with the induction of five new Livestock Hall of Fame members on Oct. 15. This award celebrates individuals who have made large contributions to the state’s rich agricultural heritage. The ceremony, held October 15th at the heart of the fair, drew a crowd consisting of enthusiasts, farmers, and families, eager to witness the induction of these well-deserving inductees. 

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted Ralph Blalock Jr., Norman and Karen Jordan, John McInnis, and Charles Young. This year’s induction was the 43rd ceremony, now with 182 honorees in the Livestock Hall of Fame. 

“The Hall of Fame is composed of people that have gone above and beyond to make sure that our livestock shows are very special,” Commissioner Troxler said. “Each one of these has made lifelong contributions to the State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame.” 

Ralph Jr. Norman of Lucama was inducted into the Beef category. Norman has been a constant supporter of youth involvement in NC State Fair livestock shows while also being a consistent participant himself. Being inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame was particularly special to Blalock as he considers many of the members heroes of his own. 

“It’s just a great industry, I mean you’re personally responsible for another living creature and you learn how to do as best you can and provide them with everything that they need to maximize their benefits to you and to themselves,” Blalock said. 

Norman and Karen Jordan of Siler City were inducted into the dairy category. The Jordans have both been heavily involved in the NC State Fair by taking on all exhibitions of the Brush Creek Swiss Farm. 

John McInnis of Norman was inducted into the Sheep and Dairy Goats category. McInnis graduated in the inaugural class of the North Carolina State agriculture Institute in 1962 and has since continued his service to North Carolina livestock through the raising of broilers and top hogs. 

“I’ve always looked up at that wall and said “these are important people”, McInnis said. “Never, ever, in my wildest dreams have I thought that I’d be up there.” 

Charles Young of Lansing was also inducted into the Sheep and Dairy Goats category. Young has been an active supporter of youth interested in the livestock industry and in livestock competitions and has been a part of the North Carolina State Fair since the mid 1980s. 

As the North Carolina State Fair continues to evolve, the Livestock Hall of Fame remains a tribute to the remarkable people and livestock that have left a mark on the Tar Heel State. 

“These are people that have dedicated their lives to raising another generation of leaders in the livestock industry,” Commissioner Troxler said. 

Join NC Sheep Producers for a Fireside Chat,
the 3rd Monday of each month, 7-8 pm.

Come ask experienced producers any of your questions, or
just tell your favorite stories about sheep!  
This is a great informal way to get to know other
sheep producers 
in our association and in our area.

Everyone is welcome!

Next Chat – May 16, 2022     7-8pm

*Free – But registration required to receive the Zoom link.

 

Some of the recent topics we have chatted about….

  • Hoof care
  • Nutrition
  • Where to buy feed
  • Parasite control and deworming
  • Lambing
  • Taking sheep to the market
  • Help for new sheep producers
  • etc.
 
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