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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 cmartel@vt.edu or jdaubert@vt.edu to develop a farm advisory team.

Safe Farm Stewardship (ongoing program)
Contact Cynthia Martel (cmartel@vt.edu or 540-483-5161)

July 8-11, 2024
Southeast Youth Dairy Retreat
Florida

July 12, 2024
VA Dairy Expo
Dayton, VA

July 29, 2024
Stop the Bleed – Farm First Aid (Youth + Adults)
Franklin County

July 30, 2024
Stop the Bleed – Farm First Aid (Youth + Adults)
Franklin County

July 30-31, 2024 
Southwest VA 4-H Tractor Club 3rd Annual Farm Toy Display Contest
Rich Valley Fairgounds

August TBA - CPR & First Aid Class for Farmers
Franklin County



August 1, 2024

State 4-H / FFA Dairy Youth Field Day
Harrisonburg, VA

August 3, 2024
Virginia State Dairy Shows
Rockingham County Fairgrounds

September 27, 2024
State Fair Junior Dairyman's Contest

September 27-29, 2024
VA State Fair Dairy Show

October 21, 2024
Hokie Cow Classic
Blacksburg County Club

December 13-14, 2024
VA WISE Cattle & Equipment
Women Increasing Skills & Education
Chatham, VA

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 March 2024 Mailbox Price: $22.22
last month → VA February 2024 Mailbox Price: $21.36
1 year ago →  VA March 2023 Mailbox Price: $21.56
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    

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Guidance

This is an emerging situation with new information becoming available almost daily.

The latest news, guidance for producers and veterinarians, biosecurity recommendations, and links to CDC and FDA information can be found below.

A recording of the April 30, 2024 webinar produced by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine can be accessed above.

Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech School of Animal Sciences, Virginia - Maryland College of Veterinary Sciences, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, and The Virginia Dairymen’s Association.

Programs

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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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    Replacements

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

Dairy Extension Contacts

 

Recent Newsletters  

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July/August 2024 - In this issue: Heat stress affects everyone!; Scours in dairy calves: a common but dangerous condition; Upcoming Events; Additional Notes
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June 2024 -In this issue: Every Second Counts; Does Milk Replacer Composition Impact Calf Gastrointestinal Health?; Upcoming Events