October Meeting & Pot Luck

The meeting will be held at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center at 7 pm. This marks the end of the regular meetings for 2019, to celebrate the end of the year, we will be having a pot luck supper. A December Consignment sale may be held, depending upon member interest. The guest speaker, Kyle Waters, will discuss local predators.

Kyle Waters is a USDA Wildlife Specialist located in Farmville, VA. He began career in USDA Wildlife Services in 2011 after graduating with a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech. Kyle spent the first three years of his career working in Alaska, and in 2014 moved back to his home state of Virginia. Since 2016 he has been working in the Livestock Protection program assisting commercial livestock producers in the area who are experiencing depredation due to wild animals.

Hope to see you on the 24th.

Small Farmer Orientation

Small Farmer Orientation

  • Monday, October 21, 2019
  • 9:00 AM 12:00 PM 09:00 12:00
  • Wedgewood Golf Center2131 Mountain Rd Halifax, Va United States (map)

Small Farmer Orientation

OCTOBER 21, 2019
9AM – 12PM

Wedgewood Golf Center
2131 Mountain Rd
Halifax, VA

This half-day workshop introduces the available training programs, technical assistance and financial resources designed to support new and beginning farm operations.


To attend, contact Small Farm Outreach Program Agent Vernon Heath at vheath@vsu.edu or (804) 892-4518.

Small Ruminant Pasture, Grazing and Browsing Conference

For the first time, Maryland will host a Pasture, Grazing, and Browsing Conference for Small Ruminant Producers. It will be held Saturday, October 19, 9 am to 4 pm, at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville. All of the speakers are University of Maryland Extension specialists and extension agents. There is will also be a producer panel.

The registration deadline is Thursday, October 10.
Registration link
Susan Schoenian

Sheep & Goat Specialist

University of Maryland Extension


September Meeting

The September meeting of the SVMGA will be this Thursday, the 26th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax County Agricultural Marketing Center. The recent sale that was held in conjunction with Hollering Hills will be discussed.

Please let us know how you felt about your sale results, if you sold sheep or goats at the September 9 sale.

Pam Alderson

Aug Meeting

Message from the president:
The Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association will meet in the Halifax County Extension Office this Thursday at 7:00 pm (Not at the Ag Center).

There will be a phone conference with Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Nartea about the Mobile Processing unit and “Food Hubs.” A brief discussion of the upcoming sale at Hollering Hills and some other business items will follow the call.

Best regards,
Pam Alderson

September Sale

The next Southern Virginia Meat Goat sale is scheduled for Saturday,September 7 at 1pm. This will be an auction at Hollering Hills Auction, located at 4108 Hunting Creek Rd, Nathalie, Virginia 24877.

The sale starts at 1 pm. You can unload starting at 7 am up to start of the auction. We will need to know how many sheep/goats you plan to have at the auction by August 1. We currently have 319 sheep/goats committed to the auction. This promises to be a good opportunity to sell you stock with competitive bidding that you will not want to miss.
Please contact Debbie Duffer (434)470-0550 or Kim Grossman (434)251-2300 by August 1 to confirm the number of animals you will be bringing and for any further questions or concerns.
The Summer 2019 issue of Wild & Woolly has been published. Wild & Woolly is quarterly newsletter for sheep and goat producers. It is published by University of Maryland Extension.


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Susan Schoenian

Sheep & Goat Specialist

University of Maryland Extension


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September Sale

The next Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association sale is scheduled for Saturday
September 7, 2019 at 1 pm. The sale will be conducted as a livestock auction; held in cooperation with Hollering Hills Auction, 4108 Hunting Creek Road,Nathalie, VirginiaThe sale will be open to SVMGA members and non-members.

All goats and sheep may be included in the auction. Please see attached for details.

We need a minimum of 150 sheep and goats to attract multiple buyers to the auction. The more livestock we have the more buyers we will be able to attract. More buyers mean more competitive bidding and higher prices for your livestock. We need to know by August 1, 2019 the type (goat or sheep) and the number of livestock you are bringing.

Please contact Debbie Duffer (434)470-0550 or Kim Grossman (434)251-2300 by August 1 to confirm the number of animals you will be bringing and for any further questions or concerns.

Auction flyer 

Auction info