Hay Producer List

Hay Producer List for Winter:  (11/20/19)

Bill Murray (Virgilina) 434-222-8656

Ricky Pool (South Boston) 434-579-4056

James Edmunds (SoBo) 434-222-5554

Karl Hess (Scottsburg) 717-989-8365

Southern States – Chatham: 434 432-4201 (arrangements already made with broker)

 

Rebekah J. Slabach

ANR Extension Agent | Halifax County

171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA  24558

Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777

rslabach@vt.edu | Halifax Extension website

 

SVMGA December Sale

The next consignment sale for good quality meaty animals 40 to 70 pounds will be held Friday evening Dec 6th at 6:00 PM at the Halifax Ag Center.
If you have not notified me of the number of animals you wish to sell, please do so by Nov. 26th to avoid a late registration fee. (Call or text 434-470-0550 or email dufferd@gmail.com)
Also, I need volunteers to help re-install the panels Monday afternoon Nov. 25th at 4:30.  If you can help, please text me at 434-470-0550.  This should not take long but it depends on the number of volunteers.

Winter Sell

We are in the process of organizing a consignment sale for Friday evening Dec. 6th. This sale will be for good quality meaty animals 40 to 70 pounds.  If you have any animals you don’t want to carry over to the spring, I need to know ASAP how many animals you have to sell.
We are also discussing a SVMGA sponsored sale at Hollering Hill Auction about two weeks prior to Easter.  It is very important to attend the Jan. meeting to make your views heard concerning the direction of the organization.  Also, new officers will be elected at that meeting.  If you would like to serve as an officer or recommend someone else, contact Andrea McKinney 703-307-3768 or Kathy Duffer 434-735-8295.
But, I need to know how many animals you may want to sell Dec 6th ASAP.  Call of text 434-470-0550.

Herd Available

Hi All

I received a call from a nice, older gentleman in Ridgeway that needs our help. He has between 45 to 50 Boer goats ranging in age from kids to 4 years old he needs to sell. He is 80 years old, had a stroke and now is blind he can no longer tend to these animals.

. . .

His number is 276 956 2397. He can not see answering machine buttons anymore so he is going to have his sister call me as she is his power of attorney and caregiver now.

Cynthia Martel
VCE Franklin County
ANR, Dairy Science
cmartel@vt.edu
540-483-5161 (office)

October Meeting

Guest Speaker to talk about predators at the October 24th Pot luck meeting.

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

October 14, 2019
$605,385 granted to VSU Small Farm Outreach
vsu small farm outreach program logo
The USDA recently granted $605,385 to VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program to equip VA’s socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers with the tools and skills needed to make informed decisions in owning and operating profitable farm businesses, while increasing their participation in USDA programs. These farmers have been traditionally underserved and have been plagued by several barriers such as limited access to credit, capital, and new and existing markets; lack of skills in business, financial planning and operating successful farm businesses; and lack of knowledge of USDA programs and services. This project will address these barriers with a holistic approach, with the expected result of an improved quality of life of these farmers, their families and communities. Learn more.
A Tree Grows in Colonial Heights
Wayne Covil, WTVR, Oct. 10, 2019
joel koci standing with a tree
Sitting high atop a hill in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue, right next to the historic Violet Bank Museum, you’ll find a truly unique tree that, in the words of one arborist, is hiding in plain sight.
Locals call it the ‘Cucumber Tree.’ Technically, it’s a Magnolia acuminate, native to the eastern United States, but very rare this side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “This is a remarkable, giant old tree,” said Joel Koci, an urban forestry expert for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. “I like to think it’s 300 years old and has seen an awful lot of history.” Watch video.
Antibiotic Resistance In Food Animals
Triples Since 2000
Morning Ag Clips, Oct. 10 , 2019
world map showing regions of antibiotic resistance
Researchers from ETH Zurich, Princeton University and the Free University of Brussels gathered nearly 1,000 publications and unpublished veterinary reports from around the world to create a map of antimicrobial resistance in low- to middle-income countries since 2000. The proportion of antibiotics showing rates of resistance above 50% increased in developing countries where meat consumption has sharply increased, meaning that antibiotics that could be used for treatment failed more than half the time. Black areas on the map had insufficient data. (ETH Zurich)
“Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem,” said Van Boeckel, who was a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton from 2013-2015. “This alarming trend shows that the drugs used in animal farming are rapidly losing their efficacy.” Read more.

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.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

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

sschoen@umd.edu