July Business Meeting and Lecture

July 21, 2014

Don’t miss the Thursday, July 24, Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association meeting, 7 p.m. at the Halifax Ag Marketing Center.

Dr. Bruce M. Bowman, Regional Field Veterinarian from the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Veterinary Services will be coming from Harrisonburg to talk about the importance of Scrapie tags and how this procedure helps to trace animal diseases – for your farm’s benefit.

Last month’s farm tour had over 80 participants and all present learned some very useful information. Please attend this meeting to show your support and, should you already know all about the importance of Scrapie tags, remember that Dr. Bowman is a veterinarian with statewide experience and will be available to answer other goat and sheep production questions. Invite interested and/or potential members as they are often in the dark about Scrapie tags and the need for them.

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September Consignment Sale

July 18, 2014

The next SVMGA consignment sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.  Details will be posted on the website when it becomes available.

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Small Ruminant Production Practices Survey

July 10, 2014

Dear Virginia Small Ruminant Producer,

We value your opinion, and invite you to participate in a survey titled “Survey of Virginia Small Ruminant Production Practices”. The purpose of the study is to collect data on demographics, production systems, management and marketing practices and perceptions of challenges facing small ruminant producers in Virginia to determine how best Virginia Cooperative Extension can meet the research and programmatic needs of this clientele.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Dahlia O’Brien and Theresa Nartea and undergraduate student Bianca Jacques from Virginia State University Cooperative Extension.

If you agree to participate in the study, you will do the following things: You will complete an online survey that should take 5-10 minutes of your time. There is no time limit. The survey will remain open until July 22, 2014.

Please complete survey by July 22. Click on link below:

http://vsu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8CgzWMoiIVAfNnT

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Hudson Heritage Farms, LLC First to Achieve Virginia Certification

July 3, 2014

The Gazette-Virginian reports that, “Hudson Heritage Farms, LLC in the Elmo community has become the first farm in Virginia to be accepted and certified by the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s national Homegrown by Heroes program and label.

Denise and David Hudson, owners of Hudson Heritage Farms, LLC, are both active and valued members of the Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association.  SVMGA is proud of its affiliation with the Hudsons and thankful for their efforts on behalf of the organization, veterans and local farming.

To read the Gazette-Virginian story, click here.

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Farm Tour Reminder, June 26, 2014

June 23, 2014

June 2014 Farm Tour


Farm Tour June 26, 2014

June 1, 2014

June 2014 Farm Tour


May 2014 Consignment Sale Recap

May 30, 2014

The SVMGA Marketing Committee reported that 96 animals were sold at the May 17, 2014 consignment sale.

The sale prices were $1.90/lb. for kids, $0.90 for cull does and $1.00 for bucks. Lambs sold for $1.65/lb., with cull ewes $0.65 and cull rams $0.75.

The total for goats was $6,015.00 and $2,144.75 for lambs, for a sale total of $8,159.75.

No date has been set for the next sale.

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