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Mark your calendars now, as the deadline for the 2021 NS&GP Photo Contest is February 15th. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. mountain time on that date. The top finishers in each category will receive a prize and be featured on promotion items for the NS&GP.

 This time, we would like to invite any member of the NS&GP with sheep, goats, protection animals (llamas, donkeys, etc.) to submit photos in that category, as well.”

Photographers are advised to submit photographs in the largest file size possible. We  encourage entrants to provide both horizontal and vertical photos. The four categories in this year’s contest are:

  1. Action – Photographs of activities such as moving/trailing sheep and/or goats, lambing, tagging, feeding, shearing, etc.
  2. Scenic – Photographs of sheep and/or goats outdoors located . Photos entered in this category cannot include people.
  3. Working Dogs and Protection Animals – Photographs in this category should show herding dogs, livestock guardian dogs or any other livestock protection animal in their natural environments. Photos must also include sheep and/or goats in some fashion, as proof that these truly are working animals.
  4. Open – Photographs with subject matter that does not fall into the four above-listed categories.

Other contest rules:

  • Must be a member of the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association.
  • NS&GP can use or reproduce all entries at the discretion of NS&GP. In addition, entries will not be returned.
  • NS&GP is not required to notify photographers when photos are used in materials.
  • Photographs can be submitted via hard copy or electronically.
  • All entries must be at least 3 inches by 5 inches, color or black-and-white, high-resolution photos (larger sizes encouraged).
  • Entries must be submitted in the name of the person who took the photograph.
  • Entries are limited to two per category per person.
  • The following needs to be included with each submission: title of photo; category (from the five listed above) into which it is being entered; photographer’s name; mailing address; phone number; email address; and approximate location/date of photo.
  • If there is a particular story or background that goes with the photo, please include that, as well, with the entry.

Entries should be emailed to Melissa Nicholson at ne.sheep.goat@gmail.com with the subject line of NS&GP Photo Contest. Those mailing photos should send them to NS&GP; P.O. Box 1066; Chadron, NE  69337.


NS&GP Goat AI Clinic

– September 18 & 19, 2021-

North Platte, NE


NS&GP Annual Conference and Meeting

-October 16 & 17, 2021-

Norfolk, NE


Nebraska Extension Sheepextensionpic and Goat Page

The University of Nebraska sheep and goat extension program is demand driven, seeking to address the specific needs of producers as they arise. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to producers and interested youth to help them become efficient producers with a broad knowledge of the industry.



Greetings From the Board President

Greetings to all members of the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Association! I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe!

Speaking of safe, it is quite a world we are living in right now.  Whether you are in a huge metro area or small-town Nebraska, things have changed a lot. Most businesses have shut their doors. Some have stopped doing business because they have no option, some are doing business by distance, and some are full steam ahead but using the greatest caution possible. We as producers are in the later group…the essential workers. We still have to do our job (or I should say get to!) and we fight on. Our rural settings haven’t changed much in a day to day scenario, but the world around us has so much
and we are feeling the changes. All areas of ag production are dealing with poor prices, and inability to move our products even with poor prices. It is quite a world currently. As you have probably seen all over social media, we will just continue to #FarmOn! One of these days it will open up…..

We as your state association are continuing to work too. We are working on getting informational meetings and classes set up. We are working on another State Fair tasting too! We strive to make our state association be as good as it can. We are continually working on promotion of goat and lamb to help us producers. The more promotion we can do, the more consumption there is, and the more we can start to impact our market! There is a large portion of the population, especially in our rural areas where no one has had goat or lamb, or worse… had bad goat or lamb once and that was it. We all, producers and the association, always need to be promoting our product!

This brings me to an important topic facing our state association. As a board member for a few years now I get asked the same questions often “What do you guys even do?” “Are there even any sheep in Nebraska?” Well the answer to the second one is quite simple. Yes! There are actually a good amount of sheep and goats in this state. We are one of the highest ranking states in the country for hobby herds! We have a large number of small producers scattered all over this beautiful state, and we need you all! The reason for that is simple and deals with the first question I often get asked, what do we even do? Well, as I stated above, we work to promote our products! We work with several national sheep and goat boards to support our industry. And while many like myself are members on their own, we are also your voice as your state group! There are a number of things we work to accomplish with these boards and they cover all areas of the sheep and goat industry. While these boards offer some financial assistance for events and such, much of the cost of things we do come from the association itself. The only revenue we have as an association is entry fees for clinics and meetings, and more importantly membership!! We need everyone to become a member and help us support your operation! It’s vital that we get that so we can continue on. It doesn’t matter if you have 5 weed eaters or 5000 head. Your voice is important and being a member helps get you heard!

In closing, I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Aaron Fintel and I am the current president of NS&GP. I have a small 350 head dry lot operation by Alliance, NE. I raise Katahdin, and Katahdin/Dorper cross hair sheep. I have a full-time job with a large John Deere dealer and enjoy the farm after hours. I’m a fourth-generation sheep
producer having grown up in southeast Nebraska on a crop,cattle, and sheep farm. As a child I loved being involved with the sheep and it’s never left me yet. I truly think it gets in your blood and stays! I started my own operation in 2012 with the hair sheep and truly have fiery passion for the sheep industry!
Thank you,
Aaron Fintel President

Who We Are

The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association partners with the American Sheep Industry, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected livestock associations. NS&GP also strongly supports the American Sheep Industry’s reorganization of the American Goat Federation.

These representations help decide the direction and national support of the American sheep and goat industries – not to mention Nebraska’s sheep and goat industries. NS&GP gives a voice to all of Nebraska’s 1,600 sheep and goat producers.

The Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association is the only statewide organization representing and supporting the interests of both sheep and goat producers for the entire state of Nebraska.

Our Mission

The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers is a domestic livestock association formed to foster, support, protect, and promote the best interests of the sheep and goat producers in the State of Nebraska and the United States of America.

Meet The Board

Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association strives to represent all facets of the sheep and goat industries. We achieve this by holding elections by district once every three years. The Board of Directors is composed of current members in good standing with the association who are selected on their abilities to best represent their respective industry. To learn more about your board click here.