October Farm Tour

SVMGA members are invited to a Farm Tour, Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Ned and Donna Strange’s farm in Alton. The speaker, Dr. Jeannette A. Moore, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator, N.C. State University, College of Ag. and Life Sciences, Department of Animal Science, will talk about 20 minutes and leave ample time for questions. Dr. Moore’s topic will be “What’s Inside a Goat?” with information about the goat rumen, where the digestive tract parts are located and how the GI tract works with various forages. Several members have heard Dr. Moore speak at conferences and believe attendees are in for a really interesting program. Following the talk, members can see the barn-on-a-budget set-up the Stranges use to work their Boer goats. In case of rain, the talk will be held at the Halifax County Ag. Center, same time, etc.

Directions to the Strange’s farm in Alton:

If driving from Halifax, South Boston, Clarksville, etc., take US Hwy #58W as if to Danville. Drive approximately 6.1 miles and turn left onto Cedar Grove Road (Rt. 708) and proceed 2.8 miles (past the Cedar Grove Methodist Church),

then turn right on to Blane’s Mill Lane (Rt. 709). The Stranges are the second home on the left.

If driving from Roxboro, Virgilina or Cluster Springs, take 501N to Cluster Springs. Turn left (across from the Patrick Henry Boys Home) onto Black Walnut Church Road (Rt. 704).   You will pass the Cluster Springs Fire Department, Black Walnut Church and cross a railroad before coming to Cluster Springs Road (Rt. 658) about .4 mile. Turn left onto Cluster Springs Road (Rt. 658), staying on this for about 3 ½ miles. Turn right onto Cedar Grove Road (Rt. 708) and go approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Blane’s Mill Lane (Rt. 709, a gravel road), and the Stranges are the second house on the left.

If coming from Danville or Turbeville, travel US Hwy # 58E and about 4 miles past Turbeville, turn right onto Cedar Grove Road (Rt. 708), and proceed 2.8 miles (past the Cedar Grove Methodist Church), then turn right onto Blane’s Mill Lane (Rt. 709). The Stranges are the second home on the left.

Note: Strange Farms is working establishment filled with large animals, lots of farm equipment and several guardian dogs.  Please, do not bring pets on the farm tour, and ensure that minors and city folk are adequately supervised to ensure their safety.



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