of Projects Financed by
the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund
#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.
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.
#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.
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 #11 -- Lamb and Goat Meat Fabrication
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
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.
#13 -- Lamb Feeder / Processor
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.
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#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.
#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.
#24 -- 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.
#29 -- 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.
#32 -- 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.
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#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.
#37 -- 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
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 #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 #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.