Locust Haven Farm is located in Mount
Crawford Virginia, just a few miles from the Interstate 81. The
farm is owned and operated by Lance and Donna Arey. The Areys are
one of the established breeders of quality show wethers in our area.
Corine started showing goats at our local fair the first year they
offered goat classes. She is now showing in ABGA shows.
Shelvin is still showing show wethers and had reserve champion
heavyweight wether in 2016 at the Rockingham County Fair.
Lance has a B.S.
in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech. Donna has a B.S. in
Animal Science and Chemistry from University of Wisconsin Platteville.
Lance and Donna graduated college the same year and were recruited by
Smithfield in Virginia to manage the hog farm operation. They met
at Smithfield and soon were married. They both grew up in farming
families with livestock and vegetable gardens. Lance milked cows,
tended rabbits, chickens, and sheep for years as a kid. Donna
lived on an 80 acre cash crop farm growing up.
The Arey's have
recently stepped up their game by learning how to do A.I. in goats and
are using some top genetics in the industry.
Stillhouse Farm is located on 105 acres
in picturesque Pendleton County, WV near the VA border. The farm is
owned and operated by Amy and Randy Batson along with their twin sons,
Brock and Colton. Amy grew up on a large beef and dairy farm, and was
very active in 4-H/FFA livestock judging and showing cattle. Both she
and Randy obtained degrees in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science
from West Virginia University.
In 2012, they bought their first Boer
goats and were hooked. Stillhouse Farm strives to produce quality
fullblood and percentage Boer goats for breeding replacements and show,
as well as providing reasonably priced wether prospects for local 4-H/FFA
Breeding stock is selected based on
conformation, growth, hardiness, and maternal abilities. Our does
are pasture kept, and only fed grain during late pregnancy and
lactation. Stillhouse Farm has already produced a few champion wethers
at local shows and is making a successful move into the ABGA show arena.
Middle Lane Farm
Middle Lane Farm is located in Grottoes
Virginia. The farm is owned and operated by Justin and Tina Via.
Our focus is to produce quality Boers that can be used as breeding or
show stock. Developing a herd with genetics that are low
maintenance yet sustainable and thrifty on mainly pasture and browse is
also given careful consideration. In 2016, we acquired several
wether style animals to help meet the growing need in the area for 4-H
and FFA market animals. Rockingham and Augusta Counties
have seen a steady increase in the youths interest in showing these
animals in market and jack pot shows, as well as local and state fairs.
Justin and Tina Via have always been involved in agriculture and
livestock. Justin was raised in Grottoes, Virginia and competed in 4-H
and FFA market shows showing sheep and beef cattle. After high school
Justin went on to work for one of the larger cow/calf operations in
Augusta County at Maple Springs Farm. Tina is very competitive
and loves to show animals. She has started off with a bang in
the show ring in 2016, earning points on her own homebreds.
Tina was raised in Pendleton County, WV on a poultry farm where she
grew up as an avid equine enthusiast. She has shown in many different
disciplines like Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure until she
was introduced to cow horses and the world of penning and sorting.
She has experience managing horse stable and as a manager in the
distribution centers of several large companies. Justin worked on Jeff
Slaven's beef cattle operation, Maple Springs Farm in Weyers Cave.
Consisted of several hundred brood cows, made 20,000+ small squares a
season. Hay sales and delivery to customers. He has also worked for a
Featherlite Dealership, obtaining knowledge in sales and designing
trailers. One of his biggest sales was to the City of Harrisonburg
when he designed a communications trailer used in natural disasters as
a point of communication. He currently is working for Binkley and
Hurst as a tractor mechanic.
Along with raising Boer goats, the Via's are working towards building
and maintaining a small cow/calf herd. Future plans include the goal
of purchasing more land to carry out this growing operation.
Ladybug Hill Farm
Ladybug Hill Farm is a small 8 acre farm
located in western Rockingham County near Rawley Springs. The farm
is operated by Chris Tolar and David Martin. Chris grew up
breeding and riding hunter horses/ponies and graduated from VA Tech with
a B.S in Animal Science. She also has a B.S. in nursing and has
been an ICU nurse for over 20 years. The combination of animal
husbandry knowledge and critical care nursing skills are great when
dealing with breeding and managing goats.
She got interested in goats as a source
of meat initially and bought her first registered Boer goat in 2004.
Since then she has added show lines and improved her stock while trying
to maintain good maternal qualities and hardiness. She has
added some color to the herd while trying to breed them up using proven
bucks with show genetics. David is an escalation engineer for a
computer company. He works from home which allows him to help
manage the day to day operations.
Boers and Back Road Farm
Tony and SyaKay started their small farm in Page
county in 2010. Originally a few goats were purchased with the intent
for them to be pets for their daughter Ashley who has an extreme love of
all animals. Those few goats turned into an obsession for both mother
and daughter. We purchased our first Boers for breeding in 2011. We aim
to raise good hardy goats that do well on mainly pasture. We try to
choose does who have great maternal instincts and are also very hardy.
We have recently gotten into showing and are looking forward to adding
some good quality show goats to our herd.
Tony has been a cattle farmer for his whole life.
Growing up on a farm in Page county, he helped his father raise cattle
and train horses. He was also a cattle hauler for many years traveling
all over. SyaKay was born in Ohio and moved to Virginia when she was 13.
Despite not always living on a farm, she stayed involved with farm life
and animals. Her grandfather owned a small farm and raised
Hereford cattle. Her mother was a barrel racer in her younger
days. SyaKay was involved in FFA throughout high school.