- Last Updated on 03:07 PM 06/14/12
- BY Special to the Gazette
Want to learn more about goats and goat farming in Halifax County? Then attend the Halifax Farmers Market Grand Opening on June 23 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Members of the Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association will be present to meet with folks interested in exploring their options for goat farming on the Southside. Association members will have live animals for viewing, information about goats and related products, and goat meat and goat cheese will be available for sampling.
Several association experienced goat farmers will be on hand to meet with the public and discuss goat farming. Ned Strange, one of the original members of the association and long-time goat farmer will be on hand to talk with the public.
Strange, retired from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, now spends much of his time between two farms, one in Vernon Hill and one in Alton. He has been a livestock producer for more than 50 years focusing on a natural and sustainable approach to livestock production while preserving the viability and appearance of the land. He currently has 90-100 commercial Angus cattle co-mingled with approximately 80 Boer goats.
Bonnie Brown, a retired engineer and local woman goat farmer, who recently introduced the Spanish Goat, an endangered Heritage Breed, to her farm, also will be on hand to talk with folks about goats and stock selection.
Debbie Duffer and her sister, Kathy, will have a Boer goat available for viewing and will talk about their experiences raising goats on the Southside.
The association was established to improve the economic viability of the meat goat industry in Southside Virginia through the development of cooperative marketing strategies, consumer and producer education and overall herd improvement.
Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association provides educational programs to its members and interested parties. Interaction with association members provide opportunities to learn about feeds, forages and supplements, internal and external parasites, breeding schedules, goat breeds and available livestock, current research and valuable goat marketing strategies.