Meat Goat Consignment Sale

October 29, 2010

SVMGA will hold a meat goat consignment sale on Monday, Nov. 8 at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane (Route 922), Halifax, VA 24558.

Gates open at 0800 and all goats must be received before 10:00 a.m.

The SVMGA marketing committee reports that the price for kids will be $1.50 per pound and the price for does and culls will be $.80 per pound.  All goats must have a scrapie tag.

You can download the consignment sale registration form here.  Please fill it out and return to the Halifax County Ag Center as per the instructions at the top of the form.

The next SVMGA consignment sale is tentatively scheduled for February 2011.

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Farm Tour a Success

October 28, 2010

SVMGA would like to thank Ned and Donna Strange of Strange Farms for hosting the farm tour Saturday, 10-23.  Strange Farms is an amazing place, brimming with history and overflowing with charm.  The turnout was great, the food was fantastic and the facilities were an inspiration.

We would also like to thank Dr. Jeannette Moore of North Carolina State University for an excellent lecture on goat nutrition and the anatomy and physiology of the goat digestive tract.  Finally, the four stomachs of the goat demystified!  Dr. Moore is a joy to listen to and we hope she will return often.

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Farm Tour Saturday 10-23

October 19, 2010

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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October Newsletter Posted

October 7, 2010

The October newsletter, which includes the September meeting minutes, has been posted here.

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