Cost-Share Opportunity

Sheep and Goat Producers,

Attached is information about an awesome opportunity for you all. There is cost-share funds available for a variety of items specifically for Sheep and Goat Producers. PLEASE NOTE THE QUICK DEADLINE.

I would suggest by reading the Program Guidelines to see if it fits your needs. If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call.


Rebekah Slabach

Program Guidelines for Greater Appalachian Sheep and Goat Improvement Initiative – Updated August 16

Application for sheep and goat grant 2.4.15

Agribusiness plan

zW-9 Form Dec 2014


Next Meeting

The August SVMGA meeting is Thursday night August 23rd at 7:00 PM. Past President Greg Wade will discuss managing forages for small ruminants and cattle.  Greg was the 2006 VA Forage and Grassland Council Outstanding Forage Producer of the year for the Southern Piedmont .
***Don’t forget that each time you attend a SVMGA Business Meeting, your name is entered into the raffle for the Kiko buck.***


Yes, it’s the fourth Thursday of the month again.  SVMGA calling all Southern VA small ruminant producers to come out and play with Roberts Rules of Order during our monthly business meeting. Unmatched entertainment on a Thursday night at 7.

Seriously, each time you attend, your name is entered into the raffle bucket to win either the Kiko buck or $300 in October. The handsome devil is pictured on our Facebook page.  His parents are Eunice and Zeus. (I put the wrong name of the buck on our first posting.) Both parents registered with the National Kiko Registry.

On the agenda this evening: the date of our next consignment sale. We have traditionally held one in August (last year we deviated from the pattern a little in the Fall). Would like to hear from membership if they have any animals they would like to sell in August, or whether members prefer September. Please drop me a note this week.

Upcoming:  Greg Wade will speak on Forages for Small Ruminants and Cattle as part of the August meeting. (August 23, 2018)  Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, Small Ruminant Specialist at VSU, will be our featured speaker in September, date TBD.

Hope all are well and your goats and sheep are thriving.  Let me hear from you about a preferred sale date, and please forward any suggestions for next year’s programs.

Best regards,
Pam Alderson

Rams for sale

Katahdin Rams for sale from Poplar View Farm, LLC in Dillwyn, VA. Asking $500.00 each for them. All of these rams were sired by “Red TLF 1420” that was purchased in September of 2014 at the Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Performance Ram Test Sale in Glade Spring, VA. He did extremely well in that test for both growth and resistance to internal parasites (the Barber Pole Worm.)
Please contact David Wise at or 434-983-8780 if you have questions or if you’re interested in purchasing one of these rams.Rams available for sale as of 6-08-2018 Click the blue link for pictures and information. Rams available for sale from Poplar View Farm LLC as of 6-08-2018

Intestinal Parasites in small ruminants

On June 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,Dr. Anne Zajac, Professor at the Virginia Tech College of Veterinary Medicine, will present a program on Intestinal Parasites in small ruminants (this event is for both Sheep and Goat producers) that will include a “hands-on” session with microscopes to determine fecal egg counts. This event is open to the public and is being presented by the Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association.

This program will start at 10 a.m. at the Halifax County Agricultural Center, 1001 Farmway Lane, Scottsburg, Virginia.  Lunch will be served. The program registration is $5.00, payable the day of the program. The deadline to register is June 11, 2018.

Registration is required, so to register for this event, please contact Rebekah Slabach, Agriculture Extension Agent, (434) 476-2147 or