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Summaries of Projects Financed by
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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 #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 #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 #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 #22 -- 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 #23 -- 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 #27 -- 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 #30 -- 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 #33 -- 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.

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Project #34 -- 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 -- 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.

Project #38 -- Goat Dairy

A goat dairy in Oregon is 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 #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 #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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