2014 in Review

December 30, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Area Small Ruminant Conference

December 18, 2014

The Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the Area Small Ruminant Conference Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, Virginia.

The conference will include information on forages, nutrition, moving sheep without dogs, small ruminant hoof health and how to show small ruminants.

For more information, click here.


Annual Virginia Shepherd’s Sheep Symposium

December 15, 2014

The annual Virginia Shepherd’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Augusta County Government Center located in Verona, VA.

This one-day program is open to all sheep producers from the region and provides an educational opportunity for producers, educators and other professionals in sheep and related agribusiness industries. Youth are an important segment of the sheep industry and are invited to attend as well. The program will feature excellent speakers on a variety of topics, and commercial exhibitors will also be present.

The morning sessions will commence at 9 AM, with Dr. Scott Bowdridge from West Virginia University sharing “New Research and its Application to Dealing With Parasites.” Following will be two concurrent sessions, one on wool-related topics led by Dr. Rodney Kott from Montana State University with the other concurrent session focused on flock management strategies led by Dr. Scott Greiner and Dr. Mark McCann of Virginia Tech. Following a lamb lunch, updates from the American Sheep Industry Association and American Lamb Board will be provided. The afternoon session will also feature “Lambing Time Management: Keys to Success” presented by Dr. Dan Hadacek from Ashby Herd Health in Harrisonburg, VA as well as a producer panel and virtual tour of operations from a group of Virginia sheep producers which will share their keys to their sheep operations.

The early registration deadline for the conference is January 5, 2015 (registrations also taken on-site day of program). The registration fee is $25 which includes a proceedings and lunch. For registration information visit http://www.vtsheep.apsc.vt.edu or contact Dr. Scott Greiner, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, phone (540) 231-9159, email sgreiner@vt.edu or contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

Click here for a schedule of symposium events.


October Treasurer’s Report Posted

December 12, 2014

Treasurer’s Report – October, 2014

Beginning Balance                       $3,515.65

  Sale Fees                                      $350.00

  Advertising Sept. Sale                     $18.00
  Cable ties                                            5.99
  Halifax County sale fees                 177.00
     Total Expenses:                          $200.99

Balance as of 10/23/14:                $3,664.66

Respectfully submitted,
Gail Kingman

Board Members Wanted

December 8, 2014

It is that time of year again where we all need to think about volunteering to be a Board Member for our organization.  We have several vacancies that must be filled at the January meeting.  Our organization has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, and for us to continue to grow or maintain our current status, membership must step forward and become actively involved.  Up to this point we have fortunately  had a small group of dedicated members that have seen that the Board positions have remained filled, and that the sales have gone on as scheduled.  This group of individuals has done a fabulous job, but now needs help from the rest of the membership!

If you would like to insure that our organization continues and has the capability to market and sell our goats and sheep at premium prices, please consider serving on the Board of Directors or one of the committees. At this time we need volunteers  to step forward and fill the following Board Positions:


-First Vice President

-Second Vice President



-Member at Large

If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please email one of the Nominating Committee Members:  Denise Hudson, Mike Ober, or Fountaine Talley.

Thanks for your consideration!

Denise Hudson