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Project # 2 -- Sheep Dairy

This loan was established with a sheep dairy in upstate New York to purchase milking equipment. The dairy recently began its first full season of milk production. The main goals of the dairy are to be milking 250 ewes and producing over 75,000 pounds of Grade A milk in 2003. The sheep milk will be bagged and frozen in an on-site, walk-in, blast freezer, and then trucked to the Albany-area cheesemaker. Market lambs are sold locally to New York State consumers.

The domestic market for sheep-milk products is extremely strong, particularly in the Northeast. The dairy, which is operated by an individual with extensive experience as a shepherd and dairy farm worker, has contracted to sell its milk to a New York State cheesemaker. There has been considerable interest in the dairy among (cow) dairy farmers in the region, where many are looking for financially viable alternatives to traditional dairying. The success of this sheep dairy project will serve as a model for those looking for a profitable alternative to the marginally viable dairy farms of the region.

Project #3 -- Sheep & Goat Slaughter Facility

This loan was established with a slaughter facility for lambs and goats in Pennsylvania, which is using funds for building and equipment upgrades in order to increase the facility's slaughter capacity.

The facility has been in operation since 1986 and since then the owners reported an increase in sales. The facility's customer base is in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and New York City areas. The facility is also the sole supplier of premium lamb carcasses and primal parts to a business that processes value-added lamb products.

The funded project consists of two-phases. First an additional 1550 square feet will be added to the slaughter area. With this increased area, the facility owners will be able to install an inverted pelting system in the future without having to conduct major renovations. The second phase of the project will be to incorporate a new 1660 square foot facility for processing case ready/cryovaced lamb products.

Project #4 -- Lamb Processing/Fabricating Operation

This loan was established with a lamb processing/fabricating operation in Pennsylvania to expand its physical building and add equipment to increase its volume of high quality, branded lamb products sold to high-end restaurants.

The company purchases contracted lamb carcasses from a slaughter facility and processes them into a consistent product that is geared toward five-star eating establishments in areas such as New York, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and San Francisco. The facility owner's goal is to provide an added value product to consumers, which will in turn reward the farmers for producing a better, more consistent product.

The new building and processing equipment have allowed the company to triple its production quantity. The expansion has increased the company's ability to commit to processing a greater number of contracted lambs.

Project #5 -- Wool Marketing and Supply Cooperative

This loan was established to allow a wool marketing and supply cooperative for 11,000 sheep producer/owners located in 25 states to secure warehousing facilities at several locations, inventory wool and sheep supplies, and secure working capital to maintain operating levels.

The funds will help the cooperative in several ways. First, it will allow the cooperative to reduce operating expenses and improve the return to producers in its consignment program. Second, the cooperative will be able to continue to be a major part of the domestic wool industry; the cooperative marketed 9 percent of the U.S. clip in 1998. Third, the cooperative can maintain its state-of-the-art wool grading facility. Fourth, through the grading line in Ohio and Kansas, producers can individually receive a complete grading report showing what they are producing, allowing producers with lots too small for individual producer laboratory testing to be recognized for the wool they produce and be paid a higher price than the producer who throws wool in a bag without preparation. Finally, the funds prevent the possible closure of two of the cooperative's western warehouses, which would leave many producers with only one bid for their wool throughout the Midwest.


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Project #6/7/8 -- Lamb Breeding Operations

Three lamb-breeding operations in Western Nebraska have secured loan funds in order to increase their operations to better supply replacement Polypay ewes for the out-of-season lamb production market. The combined goal of the three projects is to perfect the genetics in these sheep that have the capability of lambing out of season and have the lean carcass qualities that are considered desirable in today's market. The operations noted two challenges facing the issue of out-of-season lambing. First, the continual decline of the number of sheep producers in the United States and, second, the limited availability of flocks possessing the genetics to supply lamb on a year round basis. The loan monies are being used to purchase equipment and facilities to achieve the rapid expansion needed to meet the potential market demand.

Project #9 -- Scouring Train for a Wool Hat Company

This loan was used to purchase state-of-the-art wool scouring equipment and installation of such will allow a Texas hat company to replace 1940 vintage equipment. This acquisition will allow them to keep the first stage of wool processing, scouring, competitive in this country, allowing the production of the best quality.

Loan funds were used to purchase equipment that will add value to the operation in several ways. First, the grease recovery plant will allow the company to extract the lanolin and sell it, instead of disposing of it. Second, the equipment will produce a far better product through better blending, better prescouring dirt and veg removal, and more even bowl temperatures and water flow, which will allow for better cleansing of the fiber, heavier squeeze presses and a more precise moisture control system on the dryer, which will allow for more even moisture content. All of these features are critical to compete with the rest of the world in today's challenging market place.

Modernized scouring equipment assures U.S. wool producers of having a domestic processor, thereby adding value to the marketability of their clips.

Project #10 -- Goat Dairy

This loan was established to help a goat dairy in north central New Mexico to complete USDA Grade A certification and become a viable cheese-making operation. The facility had been working toward meeting this certification for the past four years, during which it has acquired a Grade A qualifying dairy goat herd, buildings and equipment and built the financial stability to pursue certification.

With the loan from NLPA's Sheep & Goat Fund, the facility will be able to complete all of the certification requirements within a few months and would be ready for the certification inspections.

Upon certification of Grade A status, the dairy will become a viable cheese-making operation, opening the door to a market where demand is high, and local (New Mexico) supply is extremely limited.

Project #11 -- Lamb and Goat Meat Fabrication Plant

This loan was established with a Texas processing and fabrication facility to fund the purchase of equipment needed for fabrication of lamb and goat carcasses and the construction of the building to house the fabrication plant.

The fabrication addition is a 10,000 square foot building that includes coolers, freezers, a fabrication retail room and a loading dock. The building will also house the latest in packing and carcass fabrication equipment.

This new fabrication facility will allow for the development of new products by the company and will increase sales of American lamb by making a wider variety of products from each carcass available, thus providing more products to the consumer. With case-ready packaging, retailers will be provided with an attractive product for display, which is appealing to the customer and will have a shelf life superior to traditional packaging procedures at the retail level.

Project #12 -- Sheep Cheese Processor

This loan provided funding for an upgrade in milking equipment, cheese processing and handling equipment and road access to the cheese ripening cave, as well as, working capitol to support higher operating costs until financial benefits of the expansion are received and refinancing of current debt at a considerably reduced rate. This cheese company produces and markets a trademarked product, a specialty sheep cheese widely regarded as one of the best cheeses in the country. They have received numerous awards since 1993, most recently, the prestigious "Best of Show" award at the 2000 American Cheese Society's competition in Sonoma, CA and best U.S. Sheep Cheese in the 2001 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. They work with a guild of five farms in Vermont and New Hampshire to produce their award-winning cheeses.

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Project #13 -- Lamb Feeder / Processor

This loan provided funding for upgrade in feed handling and processing equipment and refinanced current retrofitting of barn facilities including feed processing and handling equipment. The funding will allow this operation to function with a lower cost structure and cash flow more efficiently. This operation works in cooperation with two other vertically integrated systems, currently funded through the NLPA Sheep and Goat Fund, to provide a high quality lamb fed for specific established markets. Aligning with these established processors and producers of high quality finished lamb, allows them to produce a brand name, high quality product in an economically positive environment. Their goal is to increase the demand for a better tasting, high quality lamb, thus improving the interest in domestic lamb production and sales.

Project #14 -- Animal Damage Control

This loan provided funding for purchase of an aircraft, needed repairs to the aircraft being purchased and repair to one of the existing aircraft currently owned by the association. One of the services the association provides to the industry is an integrated animal damage control program in cooperation with USDA/APHIS - Wildlife Service. The aircraft owned by the association are leased to USDA/APHIS - Wildlife Service through a cooperative agreement. All of these aircraft are outfitted for predator control. The association's aircraft are well maintained and are top rated aircraft for their particular design and use. This program has been in existence since 1982 with the latest cooperative agreement dated June 1998. This program has proven to be very beneficial to Idaho lamb and wool producers with revenues received from the leasing of these aircraft covering all costs related with the program.

Project #15 -- Fiber Mill

The funding received by this fiber mill will be used for building, equipment and working capitol to expand processing capabilities of the mill. The operators plan to help smaller rural farmers process wool in amounts of 50 pounds or less. By expanding their operation to handle 38,000 pounds per year it will be possible to process wool at a cost that makes wool profitable in today's global market. This expansion and upgrade will allow the mill to become a place for universities, farms and cooperatives to study as a model for value-added agriculture. They hope to develop new innovative processing and continually share this technology, along with best practices, to smaller farmers in the wool industry.

Project #16 -- Wool Warehouse

The funding received by this wool warehousing and marketing facility will be used to refinance existing financing and to establish a line of credit to be used in the normal operations in marketing wool of the producers using the services of this facility. The primary trade area served by this market includes Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and portions of North Dakota and Nebraska. They are the only remaining producer-driven warehouse left in this entire region. The anticipated volume for 2002 is 5million pounds, an approximate increase of 1.5 million pounds over 2001. The funding of this loan will have a far reaching influence on the financial stability and profitability of the regional sheep numbers for wool production. In additional to warehousing and marketing, this operation offers wool quality improvement, grading and core testing, storage, market information and export capability. Due to the lower interest rate acquired through this funding not only will their cash flow situation be improved but also the staying power to allow this group to remain in the wool business will be strengthened.

Project #17 -- Carding Mill

This loan will provide funding for building expansion and purchase of equipment to increase the fiber processing capabilities of this for-profit carding mill. This mill specializes in a niche market serving small flock owners. They are able to process small individual quantities of fiber into batts, roving and webs. Their services satisfy a growing market demand in the United States. The portion of this niche market where they concentrate their efforts are those small flock operators that demand excellence in their fibers and are willing to pay well for this excellence. They are able to process fiber into a usable and or marketable condition. The goal of this fiber mill, based on this funding, is to increase their fiber preparation capacity and increase their carding capacity in order to increase their pound output and their revenue.

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Project #18 -- Value-Added Goat Meat Processing Facility

This loan will provide funding for the construction of a building to process value-added goat meat products. This company began leading the industry in the introduction of goat meat, in July 2002, introducing three styles that are preferred by the American consumer; ground goat meat, ground goat patties and goat steaks. NLPA approved a loan to this company in December 2002. Construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2003.

Project #19 -- Fiber Mill

The funding received by this start-up fiber mill, in northern Maine, will be used for building renovation, purchasing fiber processing equipment and working capital to establish a mill that will process small lots of wool according to customer specifications. The operators plan to help smaller rural farmers process wool for just roving, into yarn or actually to produce a finished woven product. The short-term goal is to handle locally processed fiber and fiber sent to the mill from across the country. Within only a few months the owners anticipates employing individuals from the local community. Looking ahead they plan to establish the mill as a tourist stop, to include tours of the mill and a storefront to market the woven products, such as scarves, sweaters and blankets. This will be a boost to the local economy. As the business continues to grow they plan to spin off a home-based cottage industry to weave products.

Project #20 -- Case-Ready Lamb Processing Facility

The funding received by this lamb processor in Iowa was used to expand exiting facilities by 10,000 feet in order to house the plant's case-ready program. Funds were also used to purchase case-ready processing equipment in order to meet the growing demand for case-ready meats in the Midwest. The company has more than 100 employees throughout the harvesting and processing facility; five to 10 were added as a result of the case-ready expansion. The company is one of the largest lamb processors in the United States. It is partially owned by lamb producers - there are 13 owner/producers. Another 500 producers in 14 states provide 430,000 live lambs annually. By controlling the product from live lamb to case-ready cuts, the company can give more detailed feedback to its producer-owners.

Project #21 -- Genetics Program

This loan has helped an Arizona sheep breeder become a producer of superior genetics (sheep, embryos, artificial insemination, and semen) for sale to an international market. Karoo Genetics, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., was founded in 1995 for the purpose of bringing top quality meat sheep genetics to the North American sheep industry. The company's primary focus has been the importation and production of Dorper sheep.The loan with the Sheep & Goat Fund was established about 18 months ago and has been used to further develop the ranch and to enhance the embryo program. Karoo Genetics has also donated Dorper rams to several universities including, Wyoming, Texas A & M and Chico, Calif., to be utilized in research crossbreeding programs designed to improve USA meat sheep carcass quality.

Project #22 -- Livestock Merchandising Center

This loan will help the University of Tennessee Meat Goat and Sheep Education and Research Center at the Livestock Teaching Center of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Martin campus in completing construction of a Livestock Merchandising Center dedicated to the public merchandising of all species of livestock, especially sheep and goats, and to establish a teaching and research complex for sheep and meat goats. The project is primarily directed at research, education and outreach to assist producers in developing production programs and marketing strategies to enhance the sheep and meat goat industry in Tennessee and the surrounding region.

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Project #23 -- Goat Dairy Product Expansion

This funding will be used by a LLC formed by a group of Grade A goat dairies in Michigan to purchase an existing facility to accommodate future growth and purchasing and installing equipment needed to allow for expansion of its product lines from high quality cheese and yogurt products to include butter and ice cream. The impact of this project on the goat industry in Michigan is evidenced by the expansion in the number of farms shipping their milk to this facility for processing and the ever-growing demand for the quality based, value-priced goat dairy products. They market through distributors and also market directly to some select stores and chains. Their niche market are health conscious shoppers who are aware that they are choosing to support small-scale farms and upscale gourmet product buyers who choose to buy the best regardless of cost.

Project #24 -- Goat Association

The a breed-specific goat association is working to take a leadership role in an effort to consolidate the Boer goat industry. They hope to bring together all of the Boer goat associations with the goal of forming a united front to build a strong industry with a successful and viable future. The funds received will be used to finance their headquarters building and equip this association to effectively use their newly acquired state-of-the-art registry program. They also plan to incorporate additional programs of promotion, sales and services for members.

Project #25 -- Sheep Meat Supplier

Funds for this loan will be used to create the infrastructure to develop a business plan for a sheep operation in Oklahoma. The operation is the largest sheep or goat operation in two counties, according to the county's Farm Service Agency’s County Executive Director. This business is located in an agricultural area that is approximately 98 percent cattle ranches. After extensive research it was determined that there was a need to develop a sheep business to supplying a whole carcass product for a niche market in this area of the state. The demand for this product is growing in the area especially because of the growing ethnic communities in the Dallas area. They have achieved a level of production where they supply a desirable, marketable product that is name recognizable.

Project #26 -- Weed Control and Fire Protection

This loan was made to a Montana-based business developed using sheep to perform the much-needed service of weed control and fire protection. As the life style in Montana changes from farms and ranches to a more urban setting the need to control noxious weeds and undesirable grasses without the constant use of chemical herbicides is constant. This service is available to subdivisions, community parks, and any small acreage where there is a weed problem. This funding will be used to purchase and maintain fencing and equipment and increase the scope of their business. This business works closely with local weed boards, homeowner groups, county governing groups, Montana State University, county extension agents, Montana Wool Growers Association and the Montana Department of Wildlife and Parks to determine where this service can be most effective. Because of the urban locations of where this service operates they are in a position to educate the public on the sheep industry.

Project #27 -- Custom Fiber Processor

A custom fiber processing business in California is using funds to enhance the service they provide to fiber animal producers and hand spinners by taking smaller lots of fiber and providing scouring, picking, carding and custom blending of fleece sent to us to process. It is their goal is to provide these value-added services to give their customers a substantial gain in their quality fiber product that will allow them to take their processed fiber and enter new markets with access to more customers and therefore realizing a greater profit margin.

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Project #28 -- Goat Dairy

Funds are being used by an award-winning goat cheese business in California. After experiencing several years of remarkable growth this company decided to continue their growth and stake out the position of market leader in the fast expanding goat cheese market. This funding will be used to decrease their dependence on foreign curd by letting them establish a dependable, expanded supply of local and regional goat milk and also, by increasing their capacity to make in-house curd. They plan to grow the market for goat cheese and increase their share of the expanding market and in addition raise the general awareness of goats and their products, especially cheese, by establishing an educational goat farm and creamery.

Project #29 -- Wool Marketing

Funds are being used by an wool marketing association in Utah to purchase and renovate a new warehouse for its operations. The associationhandles wool from eight states in the Northwest. Their producers range from small farm flocks to large commercial operations. The association sells wool to several buyers in the United States and has sold directly overseas.

Project #30 -- Sheep Operation

A sheep operation in Illinois is using funds to purchase equipment, expand its feeding facilities and to increase its working capital. The business is recycling hog facilities and constructing hoop buildings to increase the size of the operation.

Project #31 -- Goat Dairy

A goat dairy in Vermont is using funds to expand its existing facility and product line in order to produce ripened goat chees in addition to the fresh goat cheese products currently sold. The project includes construction of a state-of-the-art cheese manufacturing facility, the launc of three new aged goat cheeses and development costs associated with increasing the milk supply and prices to farmers.

Project #32 -- Feed Company

A feed operation in Wyoming is using the Fund to consolidate debt and enhance business operations. The company manufactures primarily alfalfa pellets that are in high demand with local lamb feeding operations.

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Project #33 -- Meat Pie Production

A food processing company in Utah is using funds to introduce Lamb Aussie-style Pies using sub-primal cuts of lamb (ground lamb) and primal cuts of lamb as a Ready-to-Eat product for marketing, sales and distribution on a local, regional and national basis. Capital is being used to purchase automated equipment and to provide working capital to increase its market share on a national level.

Project #34 -- Goat Dairy

A goat dairy in Wisconsin is using the Funds to purchase additional equipment such as a milk pump, a plate cooler, labels, bottles and containers for new products. The company is expanding its dairy production capabilities and is involved with developing chocolate milk and different styles of cheese, kefi, and frozen yogurt.

Project #35 -- Lamb & Goat Processing Plant

A group of producers in Kentucky formed a business to purchase a recently renovated USDA meat processing plant. NLPA Sheep & Goat Funds have been used to help with the purchase of the plant. The business will focus on identifiying needs within the Hispanic and Muslim consumers in the area that are not currently being met. It will also focus on working with local producers to help add value to their products.

Project #36 -- Risk Management Company

A company in Colorado used funds to develop a risk management tool previously unavailable to sheep producers. Lamb price insurance is offered by the company to protect sheep and lamb producers against widely fluctuating prices.

Project #37 -- Goat Dairy

A goat dairy in California used funds to remodel existing barns to increase feeding space, purchase feeding equipment, construct a barn for feed storage, and to build a shelter structure for livestock. The expansion of facilities allows the dairy to increase production significantly.

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Project #38 -- Lamb Finishing Operation

A farm in Ohio used funds to enhance its lamb finishing operation. The farm has a marketing relationship with custom processing companies and needs to maintain an adequate supply of lambs and working capital to grow this relationship and better meet the demand for custom-fed lambs.

Project #39 -- Goat Dairy

A goat dairy in Oregon used the fund to construct a Grade-A dairy goat milking parlor able to accommodate up to 100 mikers and processing area; the installation and customization of equiment, the reconstructon of an existing well and operating expenses. The company hopes to enhance the goat milk market in its local area, but needs to have a larger facility to provide an adequate supply to the area's needs.

Project #40 -- Wool Processing


A company in Wyoming is using funds to establish an early state wool processing facility.The objective of the company is to enable producers to add value to their wool, thereby increasing their profitablity and sustaining the rural way of life. The facility will offer the following services/products: wool scouring, blending, combing, carding, spinning, top, roving and yarn and is pursuing non-traditional uses of wool.

Project #41 -- Lamb & Goat Feedlot

This loan was established with a goat and lamb feedlot in Tennessee.  The Tennessee goat/sheep industry needs a facility such as this because some producers, for whatever reason, lack the ability to, or means to market the most desirable size.  Lighter weight animals will be purchased and carried to a more demanding weight.

The funds are being used to build a large barn consisting of 30 inside pens with each pen having access to outside paddocks.  In addition, large creep feeders, hay mangers and troughs will be acquired.

The advantage of this facility is that the animals will be on hand when the demand is peak, which will maximize profits.  One other advantage is the ability to purchase animals when supply is heavy and demand is low, thereby creating a more stable market for area producers.

Project #42 -- Wool Washable Process Plant

This loan was established with a sheep company to bring a wool washable process to the United States. The funds will be used for approximately half of the payment of a second-hand wool shrink resistant treatment equipment line.

This process will help the U.S. wool producer by making it easier to process washable wool products in the U.S. and increase the use of American wool by U.S. military. The process will help obtain further military wool product business, support domestic wool mills and processors, build new business and eliminate the risk of losing current knitwear business to the military due to lack of dependable shrink process in the United States.

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Project #43 -- Lamb Cooperative

This loan was established with a Cooperative in the lamb industry. The Cooperative was formed to allow lamb producers the opportunity to participate in a vertically integrated lamb fabrication and distribution model.

The primary use of the funds will allow the Cooperative to significantly reduce annual debt service requirements over the next several years by extending maturity date and reducing interest rates.

The advantage of this loan is that by reducing debt, and thus freeing up more working capital, the Cooperative will be able to reach out to more producers and potential producers as the opportunities present themselves.

Project #44 -- Sheep Dairy

This loan was established with a family-owned sheep dairy in the Midwest for the purpose of refinancing and enhancing an existing loan. The dairy has been running about 800 head of ewes for the past six to seven years. In order to grow the business and be more efficient, the dairy is trying to alternate the breeding season so they can milk year round.

This dairy has been able to keep back replacement lambs are there are very few dairy sheep in the U.S. and has built its own genetics pool along the way.

The advantage of this facility is that now they are able to build up the genetics and become more selective which in turn makes milking and production more efficient.

Project #45 -- Lamb Processing

This loan was established with a lamb on-farm processing plant. The funds will be used to build the plant which will process meat for weekly fresh lamb stores and restaurants. A commercial kitchen will also be included for value-added lamb products and ready to serve products, which in turn will broaden their customer base.

Project #46 -- Wool Scouring Plant

This loan was established with a wool processing plant in Texas, which is this nation’s only remaining facility that scours U.S. produced wool.

The U.S. sheep industry has faced a variety of issues including shrinking sheep numbers, reduced U.S. and global demand for wool, loss of domestic customers and competition from other countries. This plant is needed because it will assist sheep producers with production, profitability and quality.

The funds will give this plant the opportunity to develop wool blends requested by foreign buyers, and implement initiatives identified to maximize efficiency within the plant so it can once again become globally competitive.

Project #47 – Sheep & Goat Marketing Center

This loan was established with a regional livestock market center in Tennessee. It consists of a 25,000 sq.ft. livestock auction facility situated on a 5 acre road frontage tract. The animals are offered to the buyers in graded co-mingled groups, which has proven to provide several dollars in added value to the sellers and provide a more uniform set of animals to the buyers.

The funds will be used to consolidate out of pocket construction expenses into a long term mortgage, which will follow the best management practices for a solid business plan. The strong demand for market goats and lambs out of this center has encouraged producers in the region to grow and expand their productions.

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Project #48 – Wool Processing Mill

This loan was established with a wool processing mill located in the southeast section of the U.S. This mill will give small scale producers the opportunity to generate a value added product which will help make their sheep operations profitable, rather than selling into wool pools where they are only able to recoup a fraction of the cost of raising the sheep.

The funds will be used to upgrade the current location, as well as to purchase several needed new machines, such as a picker, pin drafter, spinning frame and a skein winder. An appropriate washing set up, which will entail an industrial water heater, sinks, washing machine and drying racks, will also need to be installed.

Project #49 -- Wool Insulation

This loan has helped a wool insulation manufacturer obtain funding for investment in production equipment and facilities, which includes the initial phases of a greatly expanded marketing and research program.

In addition to the relatively high volume utilization of domestic wool in grades that might otherwise be wasted, the operation will create approximately 30 new jobs. These will be family wage opportunities in the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and management areas of the facility.

Project #50 -- Wool Combing Mill

This loan was was established to finance the working capital of a wool combing mill in South Carolina, which entails the purchasing of greasy wool. This is the only wool combing mill in the United States. It is a vital part of the wool processing chain that supplies wool top for commercial and military business.

Project #51 -- Sheep Dairy

This loan was established with a family-owned sheep dairy in Wisconsin. The dairy has been in business since 2009 and is now in a position that in order to grow they need additional sheep housing and livestock. The primary use of the funds will be to purchase a 200-acre farm, construct new sheep housing and improve existing buildings.

The advantage of this facility is that it introduces people to the taste of sheep milk cheese and the benefits of sheep milk, which in turn will help the sheep and goat industry grow. Sheep dairying is a growing niche in Wisconsin, opening the eyes to the possibilities sheep have to offer and creating an alternative to “traditional” dairying .

Project #52 -- Insurance Company

This loan was made to a sheep industry owned insurance company. The funds are necessary for this company to meet the statutory minimums in several of the key states important to the sheep industry.

Project #53 -- Organic Sheep Dairy & Creamery

A sheep dairy in California is using funds to enhance the service and products they provide the consumer. This dairy has been in operation since 2009. It is one of the few organic sheep dairy’s in the United States.

The funds will be used to purchase a pasteurizer, additional milk meters, fencing, shelters and feeders. The addition of meters allows them to record the production of all ewes in one day on a monthly basis. It is of great importance to the overall improvement of the dairy sheep genetics in the US that all producers keep accurate production records. This is necessary so the sheep dairy industry can develop a national registry.

By making improvements to the farm’s productivity and management, the increased production of sheep milk and dairy products will meet the growing demand in the marketplace.

 

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