Welcome to the
Hill Country Sheep & Goat Organization
The Hill Country Sheep & Goat Organization is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to education. Current members are from the following communities: Brady, Eldorado, Fredericksburg, Harper, Rocksprings, Sonora, Mason, Menard, Big Spring, Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Canyon, Comfort, Hunt, Ingram, Kerrville, Sisterdale, and Mountain Home.
Each year we fund scholarships for high school seniors, who are bound for college or a technical school, and students currently enrolled in any of those institutions from the Texas Hill Country studying agriculture or a closely related field. In 2020, a total of $20,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 9 students in agriculture-related fields of study. Covid limited our ability to raise money for scholarships in 2020; however, we were still able to award $14,000 total to 4 students in 2021. We have not yet awarded scholarships for 2022.
Our annual fundraiser for scholarships is a fashion show and luncheon with a silent auction. The event occurs in November and features local businesses displaying current fashions while a delicious meal is prepared and served by the YO Resort Hotel in Kerrville, Texas.
Helping our kids climb higher with scholarships
Other events we have supported include the Texas Make It With Wool Contest, Farm and Ranch Days at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Park, the Food and Wine Fest in Fredericksburg, Farm Bureau Ag Days for school children in Gillespie and Kerr Counties, and area youth sheep and goat stock shows. Through these events, we educate the public about sheep and goats and their products including wool and mohair. We are willing to assist whenever and wherever asked to support our industry.
This year we are beginning a special project. Our parent organization is the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, and we are wanting to raise funds to help with the maintenance and preservation of their historic office building in San Angelo. It is the old Dr. Herbert A. Wardlaw home and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Plans are to hold a Silent Auction at the Summer Conference in July each year, as well as accepting all donations specifically for that effort. If other opportunities present themselves, we will be happy to explore those possibilities.