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Meat Goat Production Program Offered

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be hosting an Introduction to Meat Goat Production Program.

This program is designed for beginning meat goat producers, persons interesting in possibly starting a herd, or individuals simply wishing to learn more about meat goats.  The educational program will be composed of a series of five meetings regarding different aspects of the meat goat industry.  The meetings will be held at the Halifax Agricultural Marketing Center, 1001 Farmway Lane Scottsburg,  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on each of the evenings. 

OCT. 13: Demand/Facilities/Forage Management
Speakers: Grace A. Hite, Halifax VCE and Jamie Stowe, Pittsylvania VCE
Guest speaker:  Dr. Chris Teutsch, VT forage extension specialist
OCT. 27: Parasites/FAMACHA
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Joe Tritschler, VSU meat goat extension specialist
(Participants will receive FAMACHA certification.  FAMACHA Anemia Guides can be purchased for $10.)
•  NOV. 10: General Herd Health Update
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Jon Collins, Halifax County veterinarian
NOV. 17: Marketing/Grading
Guest Speakers:  Linda Faye Wallace, Halifax agricultural marketing director, Mike Carpenter, VDACS Division of Livestock Marketing, and Bill Crews, Southern Virginia Meat Goat Association president
NOV. 24: Producer Panel
Guest Speakers:  Ned Strange, Will Roberts, Bonnie Brown, Greg Wade and Shannon Ringo
Those interested in participating can RSVP by calling the Halifax Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at (434) 476-2147.  Persons with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity can contact Grace A. Hite at (434) 476-2147 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.