Halifax County Farm and Market Stroll

February 21, 2017

The inaugural Halifax County Farm & Market Stroll is Saturday, May 20, 2017!  Visitors from Halifax and surrounding areas are invited to visit Halifax County farms and markets to learn about Halifax and agriculture.  It is an excellent opportunity to highlight our community.

Click here for more information, including the policies & guidelines and registration form.  Please complete and return the registration form by March 15, 2017.


National Sheep Improvement Program Workshops

February 9, 2017


2016 Small Farm Symposium

September 27, 2016

The 2016 Small Farm Symposium will be held November 16, 2016 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Va.  The even will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

SVMGA member Denise Hudson of Hudson Heritage Farms will be giving a talk in the morning on “Value Added.”

Halifax County extension agent Ashley M. Nauta will also be giving a morning talk on “Marketing.”

To register for the symposium, click here.

To see or download the symposium flyer, click here.




Sheep and Goat Seminar

September 19, 2016

Dr. Susan Schoenian, renowned Sheep and Goat Specialist for the University of Maryland will speak on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Halifax County Agricultural Center from 10:00 to 3:00.  Dr. Schoenian’s topics will include: Care of orphaned kids & lambs, feed cost management, and parasite control.  Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this program.

If you will attend the Saturday program, please call or text Pam Alderson at 703-785-8495 or email her at pam@aldersonweb.com


August in Review

September 2, 2016

Consignment Sale Update:

There were a total of 317 animals processed at the August 27, consignment sale (178 goats and 139 sheep) for a total of $33,743.25.  The prices were:

Kids $2.00/lb.

Goats $1.25/lb.

Lambs $1.75/lb.

Sheep $.80/lb.

We also collected 10 membership fees, 5 late registration fees, and 11 scrapie tag attachment fees.

Thank you for the hard work of all of the volunteers that kept everything moving smoothly.

August Business Meeting Update:

Dr. Dahlia O’Brien gave a lecture on alternative worming strategies at the August business meeting.  You can view here slide presentation here.

She also encouraged producers to visit the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control website by clicking here.


National Goat Conference, February 2017

August 23, 2016

National Goat Conference coming up, February 17-19, 2017 at Tuskegee University.

Don’t forget to ask Dr. O’Brien about it during the alternative worming lecture this Thursday, August 25.


Monthly Business Meeting and Lecture

August 21, 2016

Don’t forget the monthly SVMGA business meeting, Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Ag Center.

This month’s meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture on alternative worming methods, given by Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, a small ruminant specialist.

Come early to get a good seat!