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.
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.