May Consignment Sale

April 23, 2015

The SVMGA Consignment sale for good quality kids and lambs will be held  8:00am to 11:00am Saturday May 16, at the Halifax Co. Ag Center.

Call Debbie,  434-470-0550, by May 6, to consign animals or for more information.

Debbie Duffer


Multiple Farm Tours

April 21, 2015

Don’t forget the SVMGA farm tour on April 23.  Click here for more information.

Also, SVMGA members Bill and Cherie Guerrant will be hosting their annual open house at White Flint Farm in Keeling, VA. on Saturday, April 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Guerrants are all-natural, sustainable farmers and their annual open house is fun and educational.

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Central Virginia Produce, Livestock and Feed Storage Grant Program

April 15, 2015

Goat and Sheep Producers,

Note the upcoming grant meetings for phase two of the Central Virginia Produce, Livestock, and Feed Storage Grant.  This is open to previous and new participants.  The nearest meeting will be at the Olde Dominion Ag Complex in Chatham, VA on Thursday April 30th from 6:30-8:30pm.  For more information, call the office at 434-476-2147.

Click here for more information.

Chris Brown
Extension Agent, ANR
Halifax County

Parasite Control Resources

April 11, 2015

Despite opportunities for success in small ruminant production, parasite control and anthelmintic resistance are major problems faced by producers. In order to help producers address the challenges of internal parasites on farm, the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC) was formed. This group includes a number of research scientists, extension specialists and veterinarian parasitologists.  The objective has been to develop research-based options to make up a toolbox of practices for controlling internal parasites on farms.

Please visit their website at http://www.acsrpc.org/ for more information.  The timely articles are quite interesting and informative! Please let me know if you have more questions related to the topics discussed.

One of the biggest obstacle to a profitable small ruminant industry is the incidence of parasite infections and emerging resistance of these parasites to traditionally used drugs. The objective of the Northeast Small Ruminant Parasite Control Program is to improve the parasite control practices of farmers in New England. As part of the program, they have developed three instructional videos.  They include

  • Why and How To Do FAMACHA© Scoring
  • Why and How To Do Sheep and Goat Fecal Egg Counts and microscope crash course
  • Got Worms? Improving Small Ruminant Parasite Control in New England – 2 hour workshop on Integrated Parasite Control viewed by chapter (Chapters 1 – 5).

Please visit http://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/video/ for these videos and http://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/orei/ for more information about the Northeast Small Ruminant Parasite Control Program.

Dahlia O’Brien, Associate Professor/Small Ruminant Specialist

Virginia State University, Cooperative Extension

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Don’t Miss the April Farm Tour

April 8, 2015

SVMGA will host a Farm and Greenhouse Tour on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at farm of David and Clara May Troyer.  Click here to get all the details and RSVP.

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March Business Meeting Minutes Posted

April 8, 2015

The minutes from the March 2015 SVMGA business meeting can be viewed by clicking here.

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Video Series on Processing Local Meat Products

April 6, 2015

NC Choices is pleased to bring you a six-part video series on processing local meat products in North Carolina.  Videos were made possible by support from the Golden Leaf Foundation and the Southern Risk Management Education Center.  Be sure to check out more of our video series on our website.

Special thanks to Geocore Films for videography and Acre Station Meat Farm and Chaudhry Halal Meats for footage.


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