Speaker Canceled for April Business Meeting

April 23, 2014

Dahlia O’Brien, PhD, extension sheep & goat specialist at Virginia State University (VSU) will NOT be able to speak at the SVMGA business meeting, this Thursday, April 24, 2014.

We are hoping to reschedule Dr. O’Brien for June.

SVMGA will still hold its business meeting on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience.



May Meat Goat Consignment Sale

April 22, 2014
The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association is having a meat goat consignment sale on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The sale starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.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 and lambs (40 lbs — 70 lbs).  Kids and lambs will be sold by the pound at a premium price. The price will be announced five days prior to sale.

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 May 7, 2014.

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.


SVMGA Meeting to Feature Small Ruminant Specialist

April 21, 2014

Dahlia O’Brien, PhD, extension sheep & goat specialist at Virginia State University (VSU) will be the guest speaker at this month’s Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association (SVMGA) meeting, to be held Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., at the Halifax County Agricultural Center, Farm Way Lane, Halifax.

Dr. O’Brien received her PhD from the University of Maryland in December 2005 and prior to joining VSU, was acting director of the Coastal Ecology Teaching and Research Center in Berlin, Maryland. Dr. O’Brien has completed research focusing on parasite resistance in sheep, goats and cattle, problems particularly prevalent in the mid-Atlantic states, and has evaluated the effectiveness of natural or alternative dewormers. She has also studied the benefits of multi-species grazing (cattle and goats), using goats to control invasive weeds, and identifying methods to increase goat production to satisfy increased market demands.

At the SVMGA meeting, Dr. O’Brien will tell members and guests about VSU programs that can be helpful to local meat producers and touch briefly on some of her research into natural methods of parasite control.

This meeting is open to the public and all interested persons are invited to attend.


April Business Meeting

April 20, 2014

SVMGA will hold its April business meeting Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax Count Ag Center.


SVMGA Update

April 9, 2014

The minutes of the March 2014 SVMGA business meeting are posted here.

It’s that time of year again; time to renew your SVMGA membership! Membership dues must be paid by April 30, or you will be dropped from the roster.  Renewals before the end of April are $10.  If you do not renew by that date, you will be treated as a new member and the cost is $20.  If you are not sure if you have renewed, you can check the member roster on the website or call SVMGA treasurer Gail Kingman at 434-376-9645.

At our February meeting, we had a guest speaker talk about goat feed/nutrition. Please check out the SVMGA website for special pricing/availability of the goat feed from Dodd’s Farm Supply.

Bill and Cherie Guerrant of White Flint Farm are hosting their annual open house on Saturday April 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the farm tour there will be hay rides, raised bed demos and children’s activities. Please see the attached flyer.

The next SVMGA consignment sale is May 17, 2014. Details will be posted on the website.


American Kiko Goat Association Annual Convention

April 6, 2014

The American Kiko Goat Association is holding their annual convention May 30-31, 2014 in Murfreesboro, TN.  For more information click here.