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VTDairy - Home of the Dairy Extension Program at Virginia Tech

Enhancing knowledge, safety and profitability

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Upcoming Events

Farm Advisory Teams
Contact or to develop a farm advisory team.

Virginia State Fair
Jr Dairyman’s Contest - September 22, 2023
Dairy Show - September 23, 2023

October 3-4, 2023
2023 Stockmanship/Grazing Infrastructure Training, Weyers Cave

October 16, 2023, 3:00 PM/EST
Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative Grant Application Deadline
Dairy Business Planning Grant
Specialty Equipment Processing Grant

October 24, 2023
Dairy Calf Workshop, Rockingham County


If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services or other accommodations for any Extension event, please discuss your accommodation needs with the Extension staff at your local Extension office at least 1 week prior to the event.

Current Dairy Industry Stats

Virginia May 2023 Mailbox Price: $21.22
last month → VA Apr 2023 Mailbox Price: $21.18
1 year ago →  VA May 2022 Mailbox Price: $26.97
more mailbox prices...

VA Grade A Dairy Herds as of July 2023: 
Cow: 368   |   Goat: 1  

VA Manufactured Grade Herds as of July 2023: 
Cow: 2  |  Goat: 13    


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    Dairy Financial Management

    Holistic management strategies to assist farmers in successfully managing their agricultural operations through periods of high risk, volatility, and financial stress.

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    Forage Quality & Management

    Educational on-farm workshops and diverse extension fact-sheets along with educational videos.

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    Mastitis and Milk Quality

    Increase milk production, milk quality, and profitability with mastitis detection, control and prevention. Includes farm management improvements to prevent pathogen proliferation.

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    Get your replacements off to a good start to maximize your herd's future!

Dairy Extension Contacts


Recent Newsletters & Announcements

Screenshot of the September issue of the Dairy Pipeline.
September 2023 - In this issue: Too Busy to Plan: Estate Planning and My Spice Cabinet; Transcriptome analysis of the bovine mammary gland under heat stress condition; Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative Note; Upcoming Events
Screenshot of the July/August 2023 Dairy Pipeline newsletter.
July/August 2023 - In this issue: Beyond Boundaries and Inclusion and Diversity at Its Best; Beating the Heat with a Slick Hair Coat; Upcoming Events