Virginia State to Host Sheep Artificial Insemination Workshop

September 29, 2014

Virginia State University will hold a sheep artificial insemination workshop on October 17, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Randolph Farm, Petersburg, VA.

This workshop will be conducted by Dr. Stephan Wildeus, Research Professor- Small Ruminants and Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist. They will provide an overview of assisted reproduction in small ruminants and the principles of estrus synchronization, semen collection, and simple vaginal artificial insemination. Producers will be given an opportunity to engage in various hands-on activities associated with AI.

For more information and to register, click here.



Hudson Heritage Farms Featured on Real Virginia

September 27, 2014

Hudson Heritage Farms, owned by SVMGA members Denise and David Hudson, was featured on this month’s episode of PBS’s Real Virginia.

You can view the episode online by clicking here (the segment begins around the 19-minute mark).


White Flint Farm is Finalist in Farm to Forks Grant Program

September 24, 2014

SVMGA members Bill and Cherie Guerrant of White Flint Farm have made it to the last round of a national competition for a $5,000 Farm to Forks grant sponsored by food service management company Bon Appetite.

Part of the Guerrants’ success is showcased at Averett University, where the cafeteria serves chemical-free and sustainable food, including goat, from White Flint Farm.

To read the whole story and watch the WSET news video, click here.



Meeting Reminder and Consignment Sale Results

September 22, 2014

Don’t forget the SVMGA business meeting Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m at the Halifax County Ag Center.  Kimley Blanks, the new Halifax County Management Assistant/Ag Marketing Director, is planning to attend the Thursday meeting to introduce herself and get to know the members.

The Sept. 20th sale was a success thanks to the hard work of all of the volunteers and the consignors.

The prices per pound were as follows:

Kids     $2.00
Does      $1.00
Bucks     $1.00
Lambs     $1.75
Ewes        $.75
Rams         $.75

There were approximately 330 animals sold.  More information will be presented at the Thursday meeting.

The next sale is scheduled for Friday evening November 14, 2014.

Consignment Sale Reminder

September 8, 2014

Remember:  SVMGA will be having a consignment sale Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.   Those wishing to consign animals should call Debbie Duffer at 434-470-0550 or 434-735-8759 by Wednesday Sept 10th.  Click here for all the information.

SVMGA will also have a Consignment sale Friday evening November 14, 2014 if we at least 50 animals are consigned.

Also, a couple of people are looking to buy animals:

One buyer would like to purchase large quantities of sheep and goats each month by the head.  If you are interested give Abdul a call direct at 571-268-0996.

Another gentleman is looking for about 20 goats per month.  Give him a call at 202-817-1518 if interested.


August Business Meeting Minutes Posted

September 1, 2014

The minutes from the August SVMGA business meeting are posted here.