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

Board of Directors


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.

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Andrew Weaver

Dr Andrew Weaver ns “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.

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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. 


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Amy Kidd is currently the Chairperson of the Education Committee.  She graduated from NCSU in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and in 1999 with a Masters Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education.  Amy has been teaching high school agriculture since 1997 and is currently teaching at Providence Grove High School, primarily in Animal Science.  In 2013, one of her students asked to add sheep to the school farm.  The school added Katadins and that opened the door for an interest in fiber sheep.  In 2016, her family start raising Gotland sheep at her home farm.  She is married to her husband, Bruce, for the past seventeen years and has two daughters who help on the farm.



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A native of Stanly County, NC, Donna grew up on a beef farm. After graduating from UNCG, her path took her to Food Lion where she was a buyer and then on to a Regional Sales representation with Morton International. After many years, the path led back to Stanly County raising beef cattle and selling to retail grocery.  Seeing a need to increase productivity and opportunity, she acquired an USDA processing facility. Donna has served as  President and CEO of Piedmont Custom Meats since July 2014.  


Andy Burlingham

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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.”   


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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.


Andrew Finch

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Former Board Members



Jessica Armstrong lives in Walnut Cove, NC with her husband, Austin, and her children: Abilene, River, and Scott. She is a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest University. Jessica has been raising Hampshire and Dorset sheep for Meat and show since 2009. She currently oversees Armstrong Artisan Farm along with her husband. . At the farm they produce pastured lamb, pork, beef, goat and free range eggs. In addition to the farm to table meats there is a large corn maze and pumpkin patch on the farm each fall.


Karen McAdams

Karen Jones McAdams and her husband Howard run McAdams Farm in Efland in Orange County.  Karen has a small flock of 25 Katahdin ewes and markets all the meat in retail cuts at their farm store and at Carrboro Farmer’s Market.  In addition to sheep, the farm grows about 2 acres of pick your own strawberries, 10 acres of vegetables, cut flowers and fruit. The farm also runs 70 mama beef cows.  Karen retired from the Cooperative Extension Service as a livestock/crops agent and is involved in many church and agricultural groups in her community.  

NCSPA Shepherd's Award

Presented at the Annual Membership Meeting

Award Recipients

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

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