North Carolina Lead Shepherd Program Application
Join us for a 4 day tour (July 27-31, 2022) of Midwest sheep operations that focus on intensive, accelerated production systems. These production systems utilize confinement housing systems to improve productivity of their flocks and better utilize land and feed resources. This region of the country averages 140+% lamb crop compared to North Carolina, where the current average lamb crop is less than 100%. Additionally, communication networks and implementation of similar production practices in this region have improved product consistency. This program is a great opportunity to learn some new production practices and bring innovative ideas back to North Carolina.

Applications due May 1, 2022

Selections announced May 15, 2022 (6 Participants will be selected)

Open to North Carolina small ruminant producers, North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents, and North Carolina Department of Agriculture personnel.

Trip funded by USDA National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. Participants are expected to pay for meals.

Participants will be required to help organize and lead producer networking groups beginning fall 2022. These networking groups will allow for dissemination of ideas and discussion of production challenges and solutions.

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Weaver, NCSU Small Ruminant Extension Specialist (
Dr. Emily Cope, Stokes County Extension Director (
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Email *
What is your first name? *
What is your last name? *
What is your address? *
Your home address is in what county? *
What is your phone number? *
What is your birth date *
How long have you been raising small ruminants? *
What species do you raise? *
What is your occupation? *
Do you currently use or plan to use confinement systems (poultry houses, etc.) for small ruminant production? *
Why do you want to be part of the North Carolina Lead Shepherd Program? *
What is your vision for the North Carolina small ruminant industry? Where do you see the North Carolina small ruminant industry in 10 years? *
Tell us how you being part of the North Carolina Lead Shepherd Program would contribute to the vision you see for the North Carolina small ruminant industry. *
What is the biggest challenge to North Carolina small ruminant production? How can this challenge be solved? *
If you are currently raising small ruminants, please tell us about your operation? *
Tell us why you would benefit from the North Carolina Lead Shepherd Program. *
Are you currently involved in any small ruminant State or National associations? *
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