Monthly Meeting & Dairy Goat Farm Tour

June 22, 2012

The SVMGA June monthly meeting will be held Thursday, June 28, at Country Charm Farm owned by Doug and Lisa Bowen, 3070 Howard P. Anderson Road, Halifax.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will feature a tour of the Bowens’ dairy goat operation.

The Bowens specialize in the breeding and sale of registered Nigerian Dwarf goats, a little goat with a huge personality that supplies milk with a higher fat content than the larger breeds.

The tour will include the barn and milk parlor, discussion of the benefits and challenges of breeding and raising Nigerians and examination of Country Charm Farm’s value-added products such as raw milk, cheese, butter, and goat milk soap.  The Bowens will also introduce and discuss their canine livestock guardian, Kamran, a registered Kangal Dog.

National dairy goat numbers grew almost 10 percent from 2008 to 2010, despite a shrinking U.S. goat flock.  The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center attributes the steady increase to consumer preference for milk products naturally higher in protein and lower in cholesterol.

Don’t miss this opportunity to tour Country Charm Farm and see why dairy goats are becoming so popular.  The Bowens look forward to seeing you.

Country Charm Farm is a working farm.  The Bowens want your tour to be informative and enjoyable, but most of all, incident free.  Please, do not bring pets to the farm. And while the goats are always a hit with children, please keep youngsters under close supervision, off equipment and away from the electric fencing.  Country Charm Farm is also “No Smoking!” facility.

Directions:

From Halifax, take 360W and turn left out of Halifax as if going toward Crystal Hill on Howard P. Anderson Road (Rt. #626). From Scottsburg, take 360E, go several miles past the Ag Center, then turn right onto Route #626. Country Charm Farm is located at 3070 Howard P. Anderson Road. Please park at the store located just inside the driveway.

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June Newsletter Posted

June 21, 2012

The June SVMGA Newsletter has been posted.  You can view it on our Newsletters page, or just click here.

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Goat Experts at Farmers Market Grand Opening

June 14, 2012

Want to learn more about Goats and Goat Farming in Halifax County?  Then attend the Halifax Farmers Market Grand Opening on June 23rd, from 8:00 to 12:00.  Members of the Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association (SVMGA) will be present to meet with folks interested in exploring their options for goat farming on the Southside.  SVMGA members will have live animals for viewing, information about goats and related products, and goat meat and goat cheese will be available for sampling.

Several SVMGA experienced goat farmers will be on hand to meet with the public and discuss goat farming.  Ned Strange, one of the original members of SVMGA and long-time goat farmer will be on hand to talk with the public. Ned, retired from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, and now spends much of his time between two farms; one in Vernon Hill and one in Alton. He has been a livestock producer for over 50 years focusing on a natural and sustainable approach to livestock production while preserving the viability and appearance of the land. He currently has 90-100 commercial Angus cattle co-mingled with approximately 80 Boer goats.  Bonnie Brown, a retired engineer and local woman goat farmer, whom recently introduced the Spanish Goat an endangered Heritage Breed to her farm, will also be on hand to talk with folks about goats and stock selection.  Debbie Duffer and her sister Kathy will have a Boer Goat available for viewing and will be on hand to talk about their experiences raising goats on the Southside.

Ned Strange and his goats

The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association (SVMGA) was established to improve the economic viability of the meat goat industry in Southside Virginia through the development of cooperative marketing strategies, consumer and producer education and overall herd improvement. SVMGA provides educational programs to its members and interested parties.  Interaction with SVMGA members provide opportunities to learn about feeds, forages and supplements, internal and external parasites, breeding schedules, goat breeds and available livestock, current research, and valuable goat marketing strategies.

Denise Hudson, President SVMGA

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