October Consignment Sale

August 27, 2011

The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association will hold a consignment sale for quality goat kids, 35 – 70 pounds, on Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane (Route 922), Halifax, VA 24558.

Kids will be sold by the pound at a predetermined, premium price which will be announced five days prior to the sale and posted on this website.  There is a $1 per head fee for SVMGA members and a $5 per head fee for non-members.  Membership in SVMGA is only $20.

Yearling does, bucks and culls will be accepted, but with separate pricing.  Sheep will also be accepted.

All animals must have a scrapie tag and be in good health.  SVMGA reserves the right to reject any animal.

For more information or to include your animals in the sale, call the Halifax Ag Center at 434-476-3066.

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8-25 SPEAKER CANCELED!

August 25, 2011

Due to circumstances beyond his control, the speaker for the 8-25 meeting (Dave Artigues of Elodie Farms) has canceled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause members.

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August Newsletter Posted

August 20, 2011

The August 2011 SVMGA newsletter has been posted on our Newsletters page.  You can also view it by clicking here.

Don’t forget the SVMGA business meeting Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 p.m.  Dave Artigues of Elodie Farms will be there to speak about his highly successful goat cheese operation.  For more information, see post below.

Also, don’t forget the Virginia Tech parasite workshop in September.  For more information, see post below the post below.  😉

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August Meeting & Presentation

August 15, 2011

Whether you’re interested in meat goat production or milk goats and cheese making, you won’t want to miss our August meeting with speaker Dave Artigues. Artigues, owner of Elodie Farms, Rougemont, NC, will talk about his successful goat cheese operation and how his farm business supports tours, summer day camps, “Porch Suppers” with chefs from the Raleigh/Durham area, and agri-tourism events including team-building retreats.

A former psychologist, Artigues started with Boer goats and then changed to milk goats. He currently produces several cheeses for sale on site, through various restaurants, caterers and at local farm markets. If you’re debating about raising goats, sheep, etc. – wondering if the venture can be more a business than a hobby – you don’t want to miss this program. Bring a friend and learn how one man developed a farm plan that fit his family’s lifestyle. Who says work can’t be fun and profitable!

The meeting is Thursday, August 25, 7:00 p.m at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane (Route 922), Halifax, VA 24558.

For more information about Elodie Farms, go to www.elodiefarms.com .

The public is invited to attend.

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September Parasite Workshop

August 15, 2011

There will be an all-day parasite workshop at the VA/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech on September 10, conducted by Anne Zajac, DVM, PhD, Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology.

Dr. Zajac is scheduled to speak to SVMGA in February, but this is an opportunity to learn more about evaluating parasites and the effectiveness of dewormers. The afternoon session focuses on integrated parasite control and the FAMACHA Deworming System. At the completion of the afternoon session, participants will receive a FAMACHA card. Registration is required. Registration form is attached here.

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Meat Goat Consignment Sale

August 13, 2011

The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association will have its fall consignment sale on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

For more information, contact SVMGA secretary Leslie Keck at lesliekeck@yahoo.com.

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