January Meeting

The January SVMGA meeting is tonight 7:00PM at the Halifax Co Ag building .  New officers should be elected and future sale discussed.
Membership renewals of $10.00 are now due.

Upcoming Events

Barn on a small farm
January 16 • 1PM – 4PM
King & Queen Library
St. Stephens Church, VA
January 21 • 9AM – 12PM
Advance Learning Center
South Hill, VA
Farm estate with a red house on acres of land
January 22 • 10AM – 12PM
Wedgewood Golf Center
Halifax, VA
Cut timber ready to be sold
January 23 • 10AM – 12PM
Appomattox Ext. Office
Appomattox, VA
Barn on a small farm
January 23 • 1PM – 4PM
Randolph Farm Pavilion
Petersburg, VA
Field of industrial hemp
January 29 • 9AM – 1PM
Randolph Farm Pavilion
Peterburg, VA
Find Something New Near You!
Select a map below to see educational workshops and events in your region.
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Winter Forage Conference

Attention Producers:

The winter forage conference series sponsored by the VFGC will held in Chatham at the ODAC on Wednesday, January 22nd!

Registration is $50 and includes lunch and materials.  VFGC is bringing in two of the best speakers in the eastern US for the event.

You can register quick and easy online at https://vaforages.org/2020-winter-forage-conferences/, or print & mail the Reg Form.

*Kevin Yon will be sharing his story of how he started with 100 head of Angus females in 1996 and now they have grown to 1,200 head of registered brood cows and 590 commercial cows and how their operation supports his family who all work on the farm.

*Dr. Dan Undersander, Professor Emeritus from University of Wisconsin, with over 40 years working in the industry, who is known internationally for his expertise in making quality hay, baleage and silage as well as modifying and adjusting equipment to optimize the forage harvesting process will be here to talk about making quality hay and balege in support of your grazing system.


2020 VFGC Winter Forage Conferences Brochure

Small Ruminant Webinar

University of Wisconsin will be hosting a small ruminant webinar on January 15 from 7:30 to 9 pm. The speaker is Dr. Dan Morrical, retired Sheep Extension Specialist from Iowa State University and now nutrition consultant with Premier 1 Supplies. Dr. Morrical will speak on late gestation nutrition.

Susan Schoenian

Sheep & Goat Specialist

University of Maryland Extension

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Upcoming Webinars

January 14: Planning Ahead for Farm Camps for Kids
Presenters Samantha Gasson of Bull City Farm in NC and Ana Skemp of Deep Roots Community Farm in WI will share the challenges, rewards, and lessons learned they have experienced from their years running successful on-farm camps. Register

January 28: Hosting a Farm School for Adults 
Offering intensive classes and conferences can be a great way to build capacity in other producers and share your wealth of knowledge. Our presenters are Karen Kopf of Kopf Canyon Ranch and Paul Dorrance of Pastured Providence Farmstead. Register

February 4: Pasture Management w/ Sarah Flack – Soil & Plants (Part 1) 
Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 1 of a 3-part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the soil and plant perspective. Each session in this series requires a separate registration. Register

February 18: Pasture Management w/ Sarah Flack – Livestock (Part 2) 
Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 2 of a 3-part series on pasture management strategies. This session will focus on the livestock perspective. Each session in this series requires a separate registration. Register

March 3: Pasture Management w/ Sarah Flack – Graziers’ Toolbox (Part 3) 
Join FACT and grazing expert Sarah Flack for part 3 of a 3-part series on strategies for pasture management. This session will discuss tools and strategies for pasture improvement. Each session in this series requires a separate registration. Register

March 12: Pig-Poultry Rotational Grazing 
Back by popular demand, Lee Rinehart of NCAT/ATTRA will be with us to discuss how to manage your pigs and poultry in a rotational grazing system to benefit the health of the land and of the animals. Register

March 18: Livestock Compass – A Profit Management Tool for Producers
Join us to learn about Livestock Compass, a spreadsheet tool that helps livestock producers measure profitability and identify ways to improve financial outcomes. Our presenters are John Hendrickson of the U. of Wisconsin and grassfed beef producer Jim Munsch. Register

March 25: Trees for Livestock Food and Medicine 
Join us to learn about the medicinal and feed values these trees can offer ruminant livestock, and methods for managing them on your landscape. Our presenter is Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in NY. He is also an agroforestry extension specialist for the Cornell Small Farm Program. Register

Larissa McKenna
Humane Farming Program Director
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)
ph. (773) 525-4952
3525 W. Peterson Ave., Ste 213, Chicago IL 60659


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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

[email protected] | 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
[email protected]
540-483-5161 (office)