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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.

January 23 - January 26, 2024
2024 Virginia Forage and Grassland Council: Winter Forage Conference

February 7, 2024
No-Till Conference

February 17, 2024
Dairy Quiz Bowl (Youth)

April 13, 2024
Hokie Dairy Day (Youth)

May 3, 2024
Dairy Skillathon (Youth)

May 4, 2024
VA Spring Holstein Show


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 October 2023 Mailbox Price: $23.52
last month → VA September 2023 Mailbox Price: $21.55
1 year ago →  VA October 2022 Mailbox Price: $26.06
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

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January/February 2024 - Transition Cow Health Affects Pregnancy Loss; Refining Nutrient Efficiency in Dairy Farming through Precision Feeding Practices; Upcoming Events
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November/December 2023 - In this issue: The most important nutrient!; The role of adipose tissue in metabolic adaptation during the transition period of dairy cows; Upcoming Events