The goal of the Greater Appalachian Sheep & Goat Improvement Initiative is to increase net farm income of existing sheep and goat producers, and help establish new sheep and goat farmers in Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Grayson, Patrick and Wythe Counties. Sheep and goat numbers are on the rise in Virginia.  Families are purchasing sheep and goats for a number of reasons, including youth 4-H and FFA projects, wool production, and meat or dairy production.  Unlike larger livestock, small ruminants consume less feed and require less land.  Existing herds are growing and new herds are starting because Virginia offers a great climate to raise successful flocks.  There is also an economic incentive to increase sheep & goat production.

For more information on this cost-share opportunity click on this link:  2016 S & G NEWSARTICLE HOME OWNERS SHEEP GOAT FUNDING AVAILABLE, contact Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent in Franklin County, Cynthia Martel (Chief Executive of the GAS&GII #3117) at, (540) 483-5161 (90 East Court Street, Rocky Mount, VA  24151).  Click on this link to access the 2017 Application for sheep and goat grant 2.4.15 and the 2017 Sheep & Goat – Agribusiness plan

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