Correction to May Meeting Minutes

June 26, 2013

The sale guidelines listed below were presented by Ned Strange at the May SVMGA meeting.  The membership agreed to the sales guidelines with minor modifications.

SVMGA Consignment Sales Guidelines as of June 2013:

  • Sales fees for members will be $1.00 per head (this fee will be collected on the day of the sale).
  • Sales fees for non-members will be $5.00 per head (this fee will be collected on the day of the sale) — non-members can join on sale day for standard membership fee of $20.00.
  • Goats and Sheep MUST BE consigned 10 days prior to sale.
  • This can be done by calling Ag Director, 476-3066.
  • Consignee is expected to bring the number of livestock consigned; additional animals will be considered on a space available basis.
  • All goats and sheep must have a scrapie tag.
  • Goats and sheep must not have been administered worming medication 30 days prior to sale.
  • All goats and sheep must be in good health (animals deemed ill can be rejected by buyer on the day of the sale).
  • All goats and sheep should be no less than grade two, others will be considered at discretion of the buyer.
  • On the day of the sale the producer/consignee MUST bring the completed producer’s sale form listing each animal and related information.  (This form is available on the SVMGA website or by contacting the Ag Director, 476-3066).
  • On the day of the sale all livestock must be brought to the Ag Center between 8:00 and 10:00 am unless otherwise posted.

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Sustainable Farming Presentation at June 27, Business Meeting

June 20, 2013

Bill and Cherie Guerrant, owners of White Flint Farm in Keeling, will be featured speakers at the SVMGA business meeting, Thursday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax County Ag Center.

The Guerrants, who raise Boer Goats, horses, chickens, pigs, bees, vegetable gardens and fruit trees on 183 acres, will talk about reclaiming their family farm using sustainable farming practices such as crop rotation, predator control and natural composting. White Flint Farm, a member of Community Supported Agriculture, offers the public “shares” of the farm’s products each week during the growing season. All interested persons are invited to attend and learn about the Guerrants successful journey to chemical-free farming.

The public is welcome to attend the June 27, meeting.

For a closer look at White Flint Farm, read the following report filed by SVMGA member Donna Strange:

Bill and Cherie Guerrant of White Flint Farm want you to get closer to your food—at least close enough to know where it comes from and the day it was harvested.  Bill and Cherie live on a farm in Keeling that has been in Bill’s family since 1879. Today its 183 acres are farmed to ensure the land and the environment around it, are preserved for future generations.

Since moving from Tampa, Florida to their farm in 2003, the couple has been diligently working to “reverse” land damage resulting from decades of conventional farming practices. Cherie, who originally started the couple on their quest for an organic, sustainable lifestyle, operated the farm for several years before Bill retired from practicing law in 2011 and joined her on a full-time basis. The Guerrants are not only good stewards of their farm, but also are interested in helping improve the health and wellness of their community. They offer “shares” in their “Community Supported Agriculture” (CSA) program that provides a partnership between farmers and families to share in the output of a farm’s produce during the growing season. The Guerrants currently have Boar goats, horses, pigs, chickens, fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

“We raise our produce naturally and organically,” says Bill, explaining that they use do not use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. “Our farm fresh eggs are from free-ranging hens, raised naturally and humanely. Our eggs have the firm, orange yolks that distinguish natural eggs from those produced by commercial egg factories.”

Pigs on the Guerrant’s farm also live in a natural environment and are never given hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. As a result, say the couple, their pigs are healthier and tastier than those pigs raised in a commercial environment. “They play, wallow in the mud, eat grass, nuts and left-overs from the gardens and enjoy their lives.”

At the June 27, SVMGA meeting, Bill and Cherie will explain that all their animals are raised in a natural environment, including the Boer goat herd that lives peacefully in their pastures. They will talk about how they are using a multi-year rotation plan in their gardens with cover cropping and frequent rests from plantings. “By rotating our crops this way, we are better able to preserve and maintain soil quality, produce the most nutritious, best-tasting foods and avoid the use of any chemicals.”

SVMGA members and guests will learn how the two are restoring nutrients to their fields and garden spots and how every “waste” product, such as grass, wood chips, discarded hay, and some animal wastes are used to enrich, mulch and restore the necessary nutrients to growing mediums. They will discuss how they sell their produce at Farmer’s Markets and through a special arrangement with nearby residents that provides the neighbors with baskets of freshly picked vegetables, eggs, fruits, etc. on a weekly basis for a fee.

All interested persons are invited to this program.

Bill and Cherie Guerrant

For more information, go to whiteflintfarm.com.

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Meat Goat Carcass Evaluation

June 19, 2013

For those interested in learning about meat goat carcass evaluation, the University of Maryland Extension sponsors a website that provides information and resources on meat goat carcass evaluation.

Click here to be transferred to the website.

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August Meat Goat Consignment Sale

June 18, 2013

The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association is having a meat goat consignment sale on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The sale starts at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 11:00 A.M.  The sale will be held at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane (Route 922), Halifax, VA 24558.

You can view/download the sale flyer here.

This sale is for good quality kids (40 lbs — 70 lbs).  Kids will be sold by the pound at a premium price. The price will be posted five days prior to sale on this website.

Commission Fees: $1 per head for SVMGA members. $5 per head for non-members. You can join SVMGA at the sale and pay the member fee. For more info about membership go to the “About” page on this website.

To include your goats in the sale, or to get more information, call Leah Brown, Ag Director, at 434-476-3066.  Animals must be registered on or before August 9, 2013.

Registering your animals with Leah Brown prior to the sale is very important.  Knowing the quantity of animals before the sale allows the buyer to establish fair pricing and secure adequate transportation.  Animals not pre-registered with Lean Brown prior to the sale may be accepted, but ONLY as space and the buyer permits.

Registration prior to the sale allows SVMGA to obtain the best pricing and the buyer to have adequate transportation. In an effort to avoid this problem, SVMGA has implemented a $10 fee for anyone who is late registering for a sale. This fee is not intended to discourage anyone from selling but rather to help the organization better serve its members.

All animals must have a scrapie tag and be in good health. Yearling does, bucks, culls and sheep will be accepted but with separate pricing. SVMGA reserves the right to reject any animal.

For a copy of the sale registration form, click here.

SVMGA has also scheduled consignment sales on November 16, 2013.

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Small Ruminant Extravaganza

June 13, 2013

The first annual Mid-Atlantic Small Ruminant Extravaganza will be held September 19 – 21, 2013 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, VA.  The event is sponsored by the Performance Management Group, and will feature seminars, expert speakers and a sale on Saturday at noon.

There will be an “Elite” buck sale, featuring gold, silver and bronze winning bucks from the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test.

There will also be 100 does from the top herds across the nation.

For more information, click here.

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Learn About Livestock Guardians at Halifax Farmers’ Market

June 11, 2013
SVMGA member David Fraiser will be at the Halifax Farmers’ Market this Saturday with his dog Tyler, a Great Pryenees,  to talk with the public and members about Livestock Guardians.
Hope to see you there!
pyrenees
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Volunteers Needed for Farmers’ Market Grand Opening

June 9, 2013

SVMGA will have a booth at the Town of Halifax Farmers’ Market grand opening, Saturday June 15. The market will provide us with a free space, tent cover, and table as they have in the past. We need SVMGA members at the booth to talk with interested parties and distribute information.

Denise Hudson will be at the market early on June 15, to set up her farm booth, and she will also get the SVMGA booth started.

Interested volunteers should arrive at around 8:00 am. The market lasts until 12:00 p.m., but if any volunteers need to leave earlier that is fine.

Halifax farmers market

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