NC Sheep Producers Association

Our Desire

It is our desire to represent all aspects of the NC sheep industry and to foster, promote and protect an environment conducive to profitable production through services and activities.

Our Intent

It is our intent to aid and support sheep producers by discussing mutual issues in sheep husbandry or the sheep industry, sharing expertise and experience among our members,  exchanging ideas, and disseminating information and material aimed at the keeping and management of sheep.

We also strive to work with universities in research and education, encourage participation in the Make It With Wool Competition (MIWW), encourage the sale and marketing of sheep and sheep products, and assist in meeting the needs of all shepherds across our state.

Board of Directors Locations


Susan Proctor

The NCSPA current President is Susan Proctor from Vale, about 15 miles SW of Hickory NC.  Susan has been raising livestock for about 50 years and focusing on sheep for the past 13 years.”  Susan is an award winning fleece and stock producer.  She is also currently a member of the Executive Board of the National Montadale Breeders Association.


John Brasfield

John Brasfield currently serves as Vice-President.  John graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Animal Science and a MS from NSCU in Animal Science/Nutrition.  He has three daughters who showed sheep as 4-H projects. He is retired from Surry County Cooperative Extension as both a livestock agent and County Extension director.  He has been raising sheep since 1987.   


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Alesia Moore currently serves as the NCSPA Secretary.  She has been a 4-H volunteer leader in Franklin County for almost 20 years and serves on the boards of the Carolina FiberFest, the Artisan Fiber Mill Network and the Youth Conservationist Program. Alesia, her husband Albert and son Joey, started raising sheep in Youngsville, NC in 2006.  They also own Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill and Especially For Ewe Fiber Arts Studio where they process fiber (wool, alpaca, llama, mohair, etc.) into yarn and other products for individual farms across the country.  


Charles Young

Charles Young, Treasurer, is also a retired Cooperative Extension Livestock Agent.  He has been a member of the NCSPA since the early 1980”s.  Charles has raised Hampshires, Dorsets and Suffolks. Charles also serves as the NCSPA Wool Pool Director.

2021 - 2023


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Melissa Gray –  Need Bio 



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Ronald L.


Ronald Stephens had been a cattle farm manager for many years.  After meeting his wife Elizabeth and hearing about her love for sheep they purchased their first sheep from another NCSPA member.  They now have 25 head of sheep.  They live in Gaston County and have a daughter that loves to show sheep. 

2022 - 2024

Rafael Bravo


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Andy Burlingham

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Matt Busse


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2023 - 2025


Helene Dooley, her husband and young son own Skybrooke Farm located near Mocksville NC.  The family currently owns Romney sheep, along with alpacas and a llama.  Helene spins the wool from her fiber animals and creates roving which she sells in the farm store. The farm also participates in Agritourism by offering several activities on the farm to the public throughout the year.   “My dream has been to have a fiber flock and show sheep.  I enjoy hanging out with the wooly sheep.”   


John Satterfield

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John Satterfield and his family lives in and are natives of Caswell County. John works for the North Carolina court system. As a youth, John was active in 4-H and FFA, showing and judging livestock. His sons are following suit. John’s family is well rooted in farming raising tobacco, cattle and grain crops for years. In 2016 his sons started showing club lambs in county and regional shows; and after that introduction of sheep to the farm they have grown to manage a flock of over 50 White Dorper and Katahdin sheep. His sons are regularly found at the local farmer’s market selling USDA inspected lamb cuts and continue to show club lambs and registered stock in local and state shows.”


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Bill Sparrow

Bill Sparrow serves as the NCSPA representative to the American Sheep Association.  He graduated from NCSU with degrees in both Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering.  He raises Katadin sheep and hay on his farm in Durham County.  Bill has been a member of the NCSPA since 1983.  He is the Superintendent of the Junior Market Lamb show at the North Carolina State Fair.  



Jean Thomas and her husband Earl live in Charlotte. Both are retired teachers.  They joined the NCSPA in the mid 80’s when they were 4-H Volunteer Leaders and their son and daughter were raising and showing sheep and lambs.  As the NC MIWW Director Jean coordinates the NC Make It With Wool Competition sponsored by the NC Sheep Producers Association.  She also represents the association promoting the MIWW Competition at the Carolina FiberFest in Raleigh Jean is also very active in her church.


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Andrew Weaver

Dr Andrew Weaver serves as the educational advisor to NCSPA. Dr. Weaver is the small ruminant specialist at NC State. He grew up in central Michigan and attended Michigan State University. His graduate studies were completed at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. His research interests focus on improving small ruminant productivity and parasite resistance through genetic tools and management strategies. Dr. Weaver owns a small flock of wether-type ewes.

Dr. Michelle Bouchey


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Former Board Members

  • Mike Adams
  • Barbara Pugh
  • Carvel Cheves
  • Ricky & Carolyn Beasley
  • Ann Fay
  • Larry Durham
  • Tim Blair
  • Tommy Lowder
  • Marc Thomas
  • Joe Hampton
  • Allen Hoyle 
  • Andrew Finch 
  • Donna Moore

NCSPA Shepherd's Award

Presented at the Annual Membership Meeting

Award Recipients

2022  John Brasfield
2021  Karen McAdams
2020 Charles Young
2019 Bill Sparrow, Jr.
2018 Jean & Earl Thomas
2017 JoAnn & Tommy Lowder
2016 Michael Adams
2015 Carvel Cheves
2014 Barbara Pugh
2013 Larry Durham

Shepherd's Award

John Brasfield

Karen McAdams

Karen McAdams

Charles Young


Bill Sparrow

Jean & Earl Thomas

JoAnn & Tommy Lowder

2017 JoAnn & Tommy Lowder

Mike Adams

2016 Mike Adams

Carvel Cheves

2015 Carvel Cheves

Barbara Pugh

Larry Durham

Jan 2021 Annual Business Meeting:  https://youtu.be/FG6i-HeJQAQ