Cypress Grove Chevre the Latest Success Story
from the NLPA Sheep
& Goat Fund
Springs, CO (April 1, 2008) – Cypress Grove
Chevre has a lot to celebrate this year. In January, the company
reached its 25th anniversary and earlier this month it paid off
its loan with the National Livestock Producers Association’s
Sheep & Goat Fund.
are so grateful to the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund and Tri-State
Livestock Credit for helping us grow Cypress Grove so significantly
over the past three years,” according to Mary Keehn, who founded
the company in 1983 and remains its cheese master. “We simply
could not have done it without the Sheep & Goat Fund’s
Three years ago, Keehn
approached the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund to aquire money to build
a new, state of the art creamery to increase her capacity and to
help grow the local milk supply. The funds were used to add processing
equipment, to expand the facilities, and increase the number of
goats locally by more than 60 percent.
Grove Chevre is a leading producer of fine American goat cheese,
including the top-selling American artisanal classic, Humboldt Fog.
Cypress Grove continues a tradition of innovation by introducing
original American cheeses to the marketplace. Cypress Grove produces
fresh, soft-ripened and aged cheeses and was awarded Outstanding
Product Line at the 2007 Fancy Food Show New York City. Based in
Arcata, Calif., Cypress Grove’s award-winning family of products
are found at fine retail outlets and dining establishments throughout
the United States.
Grove has been an excellent customer for the NLPA Sheep & Goat
Fund because they are not only working to improve their business,
but has also had a local and national impact on the goat milk industry
by creating a stronger market for other goat dairies,” according
to Bob Bergsten, President of Tri-State Livestock Credit Corporation. “Tri-state
has serviced this loan for the Sheep & Goat Fund and Cypress
Grove is a perfect example of how this fund is supposed to work.
The Fund is designed for companies that have the potential to positively
impact the sheep and goat industry, but need flexible, low-interest
financing that may not be available through the traditional outlets.”
The Sheep &
Goat Fund was established in 1999 when an agreement was signed between
NLPA and the National Sheep Industry
Improvement Center, which is now the American Sheep and Goat Center.
The agreement enables funds to be used in the sheep and goat industries
through a revolving loan program. The NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund
is used exclusively for loans with the following goals:
make capital available for enhancing business methods and services.
improve marketing efficiency and product quality.
promote coordination and cooperation within the industry.
create opportunities for adding value to sheep and goat products.
NLPA has the ability
to service and administer this important program and was selected
for their ability to provide:
with livestock production, processing and marketing-related lending;
capability in urban and rural areas; and
ability to process and service loans from all segments of the
sheep and goat industries; from production through the packer/processor/retail
For more information
or an application please contact the National Livestock Producers
Association at (800) 237-7193. More information and the application
are also available at www.sheepandgoatfund.com.
more information about Cypress Grove Chevre, visit their web site
or call 707.825.1100. More information about Tri-State Livestock
Credit Corporation is also available online at www.Tri-StateLivestockCredit.com
or call 800 778-8734.
The National Livestock Producers Association, founded
in 1921, is an organization of livestock marketing cooperatives
and credit corporations representing more than 215,000 livestock