How to Start a Sheep and Goat Meat Enterprise

April 25, 2017

MAY 18, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm
VSU Randolph Farm
4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA


Are you interested in raising your own sheep or goats?
Join us at Virginia State University for a class on starting out with small ruminants.

Sheep and goats can be raised to provide meat, milk, and fiber.  They can also be raised for 4-H projects, clearing brush from an area or simply as pets.  Whatever your interest, this class covers all the basics you need to start your enterprise.

VSU’s Small Ruminant Specialist Dahlia O’Brien will review the basics of:

  • Breed selection
  • Housing, supplies/equipment, fencing
  • Feeding and watering needs
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Health and internal parasites
  • Marketing and economics
  • Hands-on activities including hoof trimming, body condition scoring, correct drenching techniques etc.

Registration fee of $10 per person* should be paid upon arrival at the workshop by cash or check.

Please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at 804) 524-5960 or email for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Ruminant Program office at (804) 524-5960 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

*Includes refreshments and workshop supplies. Children 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult.


May Business Meeting

April 14, 2017

The Southern Virginia Goat Meat Association will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane (Route 922), Halifax, VA 24558.

All current or potential future goat and sheep producers are welcome to attend.  Come enjoy light refreshments and register for a door prize.


May Consignment Sale

April 14, 2017

March Business Meeting

March 22, 2017


The regularly scheduled SVMGA meeting is tomorrow night, March 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax Co Ag Center.

February Meeting Minutes Posted

February 27, 2017

Click here to view the February 2017 SVMGA business meeting minutes.


Consignment Sale Results and Business Meeting Reminder

February 21, 2017

February is traditionally a small sale but we did have nine consignors with 105 animals sold.  The total gross paid to consignors was $11,103.50 less $105.00 in consignment fees for a net payment of $10,998.50.  We also had two new memberships, three renewals and three late registration fees that resulted in $100.00 to the organization.

The prices per pound were:

kids          $2.20
cull goats $1.00
lambs       $2.00
cull sheep $ .90

Don’t forget the regularly scheduled SVMGA meeting Thursday February 23, at 7:00.


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.