Advanced Goat Care Workshop: Breeding & Kidding

This year, Prodigal Farm is excited to offer a specialized ADVANCED workshop centered around all things kidding, and to share our extensive knowledge, gained from kidding and raising more than 1,500 goats over the years. For this workshop, you should already be familiar with care of adult goats.

This half-day workshop is designed to provide a framework of knowledge and hands-on skills for getting you prepared for kidding – from doe care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and kid raising. It will be a combination of hands on and “classroom” time, hopefully with a birth to witness! Topics we’ll cover:

how to care for a pregnant doe (vaccinations, feed, etc.)
deciding what setup to use for kidding
preparing your kidding kit
signs of labor, handling delivery (when/how to intervene)
assessing kid health post-delivery
bottle feeding vs dam raising
vaccinations, parasite control, and discussion of common health issues
how to given an injection
handy tools and treatments to have on hand
assessing body condition, health and illness
finding a good veterinarian and when to consult

We are entirely pasture-based. If it’s pouring rain that day, we’ll plan a rain date. If it is just sprinkling, the show will go on. Bring a lunch—we’ll have time for a break mid-workshop! We’ll have detailed handouts for you to take home, but also bring a notebook and a way to take pictures. And, of course, wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. We’re scheduling 3-4 hours for this workshop, depending on how much action is happening in the field, so plan to be here from 11:00am-3:00pm!

Our farm is in Rougemont, in northern Durham County, about 25 minutes’ drive north of downtown Durham. To register, use the link above. We accept payment by credit card via our Square online store. The workshop cost is $80 per person, discounted to $75 per person if 2 or more register, and $70 per person if 3 or more register. We have a few more spots left. Looks like the weather will be great, too!

Kathryn Spann
American Cheese Society Board of Directors

Prodigal Farm
4720 Bahama Rd.
Rougemont, North Carolina  27572

Agricultural Policy Dinner

Hello Producers –

We are hosting an Agricultural Policy dinner program next week – Thursday, March 28th in Chatham @ ODAC.

Based on this past year, the new Farm Bill, Ag trade policies – this program will help answer many of your questions. Dinner is included and this evening is an opportunity learn more and also mingle with local and area farmers.

Ag Policy dinner

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 26th.  Registration is through the Pittsylvania County Extension Office: 434-432-7770.



Rebekah J. Slabach

Agriculture Extension Agent | Halifax County, Virginia

171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA  24558

Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777 | Halifax Extension website

2019 Piedmont Regional Goat & Sheep Conference | Saturday, May 11, 2019

Good Morning,

Join us for our best conference yet! The Piedmont Regional Goat and Sheep Conference will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center located at 1192 US-64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided.

Topics will include internal parasites, deworming, goat carcass evaluation, starting your enterprise, nutrition, finishing meat goats, small-scale budgets, pasture management, and ethnic holiday marketing.

The planning committee has worked hard to bring in some of the best speakers around for this conference! Our keynote speaker will be Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist (University of Maryland). Additional speakers on the program include Derek Washburn from the NC Farm School (NC State University) and Dr. Emily Cope, Livestock Extension Specialists (N.C. A&T State University).

Register online
Early Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019
Early Registration Fee: $15/person | On-Site Registration Fee: $20/person | Lunch is Included!

Please make check payable to: “Alamance County” and mail to: N.C. Cooperative Extension,Alamance County Center, ATTN: Lauren Langley, 209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Rd. Burlington, NC 27217

For more information: 336.570.6740 or

Conference Flyer & Agenda

Lauren Langley
Extension Agent
Agriculture- Livestock & Forages
P: 336-570-6740
C: 336-266-0702
Alamance County Center
209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Rd.
Burlington, NC 27217

2019 Grant Opportunities

Good Morning Halifax Producers –

The Tobacco Commission met earlier this month and finalized grant project opportunities for 2019.

Please Read & then Save or Print this email!  More updates will be shared as each grant program becomes open.

Agribusiness & Information Technology Program – OPEN NOW! *Program Guidelines & Overview files attached*

SOVA Ag IT Program Guidelines

SOVA Ag IT Program Overview

Required Software Component: (Must choose at least one)

Farm Logic, Cattle Pro, CowCalf5, Angus Info Management, or Website Development

Optional Additions:

Laptop Computer, QuickBooks, IPad/Tablet, CowCalf Mobile APP

*Details: 33% Cost share up to $3,300, max eligible estimated expenses – $10,000

To request an application, simply reply to this email or pick up a paper application at the Halifax Extension Office.

Pasture, Crops, and Livestock Systems Program – opening in May or June (estimate)

{pasture watering systems, hay barns, grain bins, hay wrappers, cold storage, livestock handling equipment}

Details: 33% Cost share up to $3,300; max eligible estimated expenses – $10,000.

Produce GAP Grant Opportunity: – opening in early spring (estimate)

The grant cost share proposed is 50% for:

-USDA Audit up to $1,000 producer cost (cost share up to $500)

Potable and irrigation water testing up to $200 producer cost (cost share up to $100)

Please email or call with any questions – as always, it is a pleasure serving you.



Rebekah J. Slabach

Agriculture Extension Agent | Halifax County, Virginia

171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA  24558

Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777 | Halifax Extension website

January Meeting

Dear SVMGA members,

The third week of January is here! It’s hard to fathom how quickly 2018 became history, and how rapidly 2019 is marching along.

So, the SVMGA first meeting of the year is Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Halifax County Agricultural Center. Wow! Came up in a hurry.

This meeting it’s time to “re-.”

Renew memberships, after March, the renewal rate of $10.00 jumps to $20.00. (Dues can be mailed to Ed McKinney, 9000 Philpott Road
South Boston Virginia 24592, checks made out to SVMGA.)

Review last year: What we did, what we spent, etc.

Revisit supporting the Jr. Livestock shows. Do we want to maintain the same amount of support, increase or decrease?

Re-elect officers? Are there any volunteers out there who want to be President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer?

Remit your surveys to Andrea McKinney. In order to better serve the membership, Andrea sent an emailed survey to you guys. If you did not get her email, please drop her a line at:

Thanks, and hope to see you Thursday night at 7pm.

If you are unable to attend, please email me or call me with your ideas for educational programs in 2019. Would really like to know which topics are of interest.

Pam Alderson

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached flyer concerning a conservation easements workshop on January 31.  This workshop is open to residents in all counties (not just Halifax).

Please share with your friends, neighbors, and organizations.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

December Sale

This is a reminder that animals for the Friday Dec. 14th 6:00PM consignment sale need to be registered by Dec. 7th to avoid late registration fee.   Call or text Debbie 434-470-0550 to register.

Youth looking for 2019 Project

Dear SVMGA members,

Children are on the hunt for meat goat kids & lambs born June 2018 or later. The “word” is that they pay market value for the young animals.

If you have any available, please let me know.

Pam Alderson