To support, promote and safeguard sheep production in the United States – representing and advancing the interests of member organizations, industry partners and individual sheep producers with advocacy, knowledge-based insights, communications, research and education. Identify, establish, advise, direct and/or support enterprises that benefit members.
Here are a few links within the ASI:
Breeds of Sheep
There are many breeds worldwide and in the USA: wool, hair, commercial and heritage breeds. Here are 3 sources of basic breed information:
Here are Georgia Sheep members who shear:
Al Potter at Merciful Hearts Farm / Shearing
Rosemarie Szostak at Shearing
Nicole Taylor at Spirit Fiber Works
Here are additional shearers that have received positive comments from Georgia Sheep members:
Dillon Jones (931) 212-5997
Dillon trained with a champion sheep shearer for several years. Prefers to stay above I- 20.
Ben Hearne (828) 318-7556
Ben is based in NC; he has successfully sheared many Georgia flocks. His father is a local shearing legend.
Josh Antee (912) 328-0286
Josh is available to shear in the Savannah through Brunswick area
Gwendalyn Sprouse (417) 967-6433 or (417) 664-4864
Gwen is located in Florida; offers hoof trimming as well as shearing. Will come into southern Georgia
Southern Grit Shearing Services
Information and Education
Want to know more about Best Practices for Parasite Control? TIP: If you have sheep, the answer is "Yes". Here's a great resource:
How about ideas for animal welfare, marketing and helpful apps? This is a rich and up-to-date resource:
Are you a beginner shepherd? Are you an experienced shepherd, but want a bit more information? Here are 2 helpful resources for sheep producers, students and the public:
For many producers, lamb and meat sales revolve around a list of holy days (holidays). From Passover to Greek Orthodox Easter, from Ramadan to Christmas and the Chinese New Year, these are important dates to know:
There are so many wonderful ways to cook lamb and mutton. And the internet makes it so easy to find them. We particularly recommend the American Lamb site. This site offers traditional and innovative recipes and tells the story of American Lamb. Check it out:
These trusted sites also offer excellent lamb recipes!
Need to know about Georgia laws regarding sheep, sales and such? Check out the Ga Dept of Ag:
Buying sheep from another state? Transporting sheep to another state? You need to check here first:
Does your farm qualify for the GATE card? Find out:
Want to find Georgia grown lamb or mutton? Want to be listed as a provider of Georgia grown meat, wool and livestock? Check this out:
University and Extension Offices
Here in Georgia, we are fortunate to have a wealth of academic and community resources. From the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, to the Fort Valley State College of Agriculture, to the local county extension agents, and to all the schools that support and promote animal health, agriculture, and the business of local food and fiber, we are blessed.
Here are few links to explore: