The Virginia Sheep Producers Association was formed to carry out the following purposes:
- Carry on educational and promotional work in connection with the production and sale of commercial sheep, purebred sheep, and wool in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region
- Aid the sheep industry however possible in conducting educational and promotional work in connection with sheep production and marketing
- To stimulate interest among 4-H, FFA, and other youth groups in good commercial and purebred sheep, and educate all youth on the appropriate husbandry practices applied for the general well-being of sheep
Virginia Junior Sheep Breeders Association
The Virginia Junior Sheep Breeders Association is a youth ran organization under the direction of the Virginia Sheep Producers Association. The VJSBA was formed in 1992 when other breeds were added to the Virginia Junior Suffolk Association. The Association now consists of Suffolks, Cheviots, Hampshires, Dorsets, Southdowns, and a commercial ewe division. Any youth interested in sheep is encouraged to join the association. The group of youth participates in food booths, educational events, and community activities throughout the state of Virginia. Each year the Association puts on a show in August at the Rockingham County Fair. Without the support of sheep breeders in the state, the VJSBA would not be of the quality it is today.