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!
Aaron Fintel President
The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association and Nebraska Extension are excited to join together to offer a lambing and kidding school for producer in two locations on Saturday January 25, 2020. We will be holding one clinic in Chadron, NE at the Chadron Firehall 302 West Third St. and the other in Broken Bow, NE at the Custer County Fair Grounds 44100 Memorial Dr. The day will be packed full of informative webinars and also some hands on with tours of a producers operation in both locations. The cost is $25 – Non-Members, $20 – Members of the NSGP and $10 – Students. We will include handouts and Lunch.
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.
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.
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.