of Projects Financed by
the NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund
GOAT & GOAT-RELATED PROJECTS
#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.
#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.
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
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.
#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.
#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.
#22 -- Goat Dairy Product Expansion
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.