2013 Virginia Beginning Grazing School

October 26, 2013

The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Natural Resource Conservation Service are offering the 2013 Virginia Beginning Grazing School on November 12 & 13, at Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, Va.

The program is for beginning graziers and all persons who want to learn more about the science and practice of controlled grazing.

For more information or registration, click here.



November Meat Goat Consignment Sale

October 25, 2013

The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association is having a meat goat consignment sale on Friday, November 15, 2013. The sale starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.  The sale will be held at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane (Route 922), Halifax, VA 24558.

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 Debbie Duffer at 434-470-0550 or 434-735-8759.  Animals must be registered on or before November 5, 2013.

Registering your animals 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 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.


October Business Meeting & Pot Luck

October 20, 2013

The final SVMGA meeting of the year and our annual pot-luck is this Thursday, October 24, starting at 6:30 (note: 30 minutes earlier than normal meeting time).  Bring a covered dish if you can, or just show up and meet your fellow members and enjoy the meal.  This will be our last meeting until January.

Also, we are still looking for members to volunteer to be next year’s secretary and treasurer.  We also are welcoming anyone who wants to consider taking on our much-missed newsletter.

For further information please feel free to contact me at hudsonheritage@aol.com.


Denise Hudson, President SVMGA

Small Farm Family Conference

October 11, 2013

Attached is the flyer and the registration form for the 11th Annual Small Farm Family Conference that will take place on November 12-14, 2013, at the Kirkley Hotel and Conference Center in Lynchburg, VA. There is a $15 charge per person to attend.

If you are not able to participate in this event, please share this e-mail with other growers who may be interested in attending this field day.

For registration, please visit  http://tinyurl.com/smallfarm2013  or use the registration form here.

Please email Mark Klingman at mklingman@vsu.edu if you would like more information.




September Consignment Sale a Success

October 8, 2013
The September 28, consignment sale was a great success.  Thanks for everyone’s hard work.
The unofficial count was 369 animals sold (175 sheep and 194 goats) by 30 sellers.


Due to a scheduling conflict on Saturday November 16, the next sale will be held Friday night November 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  If you have any questions concerning the sale, call Debbie Duffer at 434-470-0550 or 434-735-8759.


September Business Meeting Minutes Posted

October 2, 2013

The minutes from the September 2013 SVMGA business meeting have been posted here.


Area Small Ruminant Conference

October 1, 2013

The Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a small ruminant conference on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, VA.  It will include information forages, nutrition, predator control and FAMACHA training for parasite control.

The cost is $25 per person.  For more information click here.  For the conference registration form, click here.