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  • 2016 Hokie Cow Classic

    Thank you to all who participated to make the 14th Annual Hokie Cow Classic one of our best tournaments yet! 
        2016 Hokie Cow Classic Group

    First Flight Second Flight Championship Flight

    First Place

    Exchange Milling

    First Place

    VA Holsteins
    First Place


    Second Place

    DASC White

    Second Place

    Cooperative Milk
    Second Place

    Boehringer Ingelheim

    Third Place

    DASC Orange

    Third Place

    Southside Vet/Elanco
    Third Place

    Walmark Farms/ Elanco

    Fourth Place

    Select Sire Power

    Fourth Place

    VT Maroon
    Fourth Place


    Fifth Place

    Phibro Animal Health

    Fifth Place

    VA Farm Bureau
    Fifth Place

    Whitman Farm

    Individual Awards 

        Long Drives:   #10 White/Blue: Matt Woodford -- 280'
                              #9  Red/Gold: Dennis Hodges--252'

        Closest to Pin:   #3 Dwayne Hodges -- 14'8"
                                #7 Mac Wall -- 32"
                                #11 Bennet Cassell -- 12'
                                #15 Dwayne Hodges -- 7'9"

        Longest Putt:   #9 Zach Wall -- 9'2"
                               #18 Michael Myatt -- 14' 3/4"

  • Congratulations to our 2016 graduates!

    Graduation is a wonderful time. It's both an ending & a beginning; it's warm memories of the past & big dreams for the future.
    Go forth & do good! 

        2016 Group Graduation Photo
        2016 Graduation Caps
        2016 Graduation Cap Toss
  • Dairy Club at Virginia Tech Hosts 88th Annual Little All-American Show

        2016 Little All-American Grand Championship

    By: Sandra Krone, 2016-17 Dairy Club Reporter

    On April 23rd, Virginia Tech’s Dairy Club held their 88th Annual Little All-American Dairy Show and Banquet. Thirty-three members participated in the show, and three pledges also exhibited as the final requirement for their pledge process. They spent two weeks intensively feeding, watering, halter training, brushing, washing, and clipping their heifers in preparation for the show. The more experienced members set up workshops throughout the two weeks to teach the novices the ins and outs of the show, which were normally accompanied with pizza. Friday night the participants met as a group with the judge, Kyle Thygesen ‘95, to find out what his expectations were for the next morning.  Most participants woke up in the wee hours of the morning on show day to start their preparations. Carol Lee Donuts and Duchess Dairy milk were provided, and the show began at 8:30 AM at the Judging Pavilion on Plantation Road, emceed by Michael Granché and Kaitlyn Sonifrank. The championship results are as follows:

    Grand Champion: Cortney Hostetter

    Reserve Champion: Andrew Laffey, Jr.

    Grand Champion Jersey: Andrew Laffey, Jr.

    Reserve Champion Jersey: Caroline Warns

    Grand Champion Holstein: Cortney Hostetter

    Reserve Champion Holstein: Chelsea Abbott

    Champion Fitter: Andrew Laffey, Jr.

    Reserve Champion Fitter: Chelsea Abbott

    Novice Champion: Amy Legare

    Reserve Novice Champion: Lindsay Isernia

    Novice Fitting Champion: Amy Legare

    Reserve Novice Fitting Champion: Lindsay Isernia

    After a hectic but fun morning, the show participants and their parents took a break for the afternoon, cleaning up and catching up. At 6:00 PM, the doors opened at Custom Catering on North Main Street for the Little All-American Banquet. Before dinner, emcees James Comstock and Chelsea Abbott welcomed everyone, followed by the invocation by Whitney Bowman, and finally a milk toast by Kelly Leatherman. After dinner, Little All-American Awards, industry awards, and Dairy Club Awards were announced. The new officers, Ryan Zimmerman, Zack Seekford, Courtney Henderson, Andrew Laffey Jr., Sandra Krone, Casi Fleshman, Amy Legare, and Kathryn Wright, were installed, and new President Ryan Zimmerman gave the Senior Toast to end the banquet. A long night of dancing, fellowship, and fun followed the banquet.

  • Thank you to all who came out for the blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette!

    We had a great turn-out...thanks to YOU!   #SleevesUpTeamReese

    Waiting patiently to give blood.


    Dr. Bob James donating blood in honor of Reese.


    Dr. Alex White at the Blood Drive in honor of Reese.


    Lizzie Davis completing the necessary paperwork for the Blood Drive in honor of Reese.



    The Dairy Club at Virginia Tech sponsored a blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette on Friday, April 22.  Reese is the 9 year old daughter of Claire (VT DASC ’99) and Justin Burdette. She was badly burned in a house fire on Memorial Day in 2014.  After 662 days in the PICU at John Hopkins Hospital, she returned home two days before her 9th birthday in March.  She has received over 500 units of blood and 400 units of platelets.  Reese and her family hold a special place in the hearts of the dairy and Hokie communities.  Without the help of donors, Reese and countless others would not be here today. 

    To read more about Reese’s accident and recovery, here are a few articles about her medical miracle.

  • Student Spotlight -- Katie Jones

        Katie Jones Student Spotlight
  • 2016 Little All American

        2016 Little All American
  • Students attend GA Dairy Conference & Southeast Dairy Student Symposium


    Virginia Tech students attend the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium. Virginia Tech students attend the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium, Jan. 18-26, 2016.

    Seven Virginia Tech students attended the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium, held in Savannah, Georgia from January 18-20, 2016.  Workshop topics included ways to reach out to the public, effective interviewing, understand market economics, and improve production.  Virginia Tech's own faculty, Dr. Bob James and Dr. David Kohl presented at the event, which was attended by more than 25% of Georgia dairy farmers.  "I enjoyed the opportunity to network with industry professionals and other dairy students," said Brittany Bowman, a Virginia Tech student.  "The workshops helped me see the industry in a new light, and the expo was outstanding."  The Virginia Tech Dairy Science Department is grateful for opportunity to attend and is excited to take more students in the future.

    Summary by Brittany Bowman, Virginia Tech '17 
    Dairy Science & Communications, 
    Dairy Science Student Ambassador, 
    Resident Advisor

  • Dairy Club shines at 2016 ADSA!

        Dairy Club members attending (front row/ left to right): Grace Ott, Cara Woloohojian, Hannah Van Dyk, Jenna Hardy, Brian McGarry, Kim Meyers, Lizzie Davis, Cole Leonard, and Nicki Hardy. Back Row: Virginia Tech alumnus, Joel Coble (Class of '99).

    Congratulations to our Dairy Club for a very successful trip to the 2016 Southern ADSA - Student Affiliate Division annual meeting!

    This year’s meeting was hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens on February 25-27. Members attending (front row/ left to right): Grace Ott, Cara Woloohojian, Hannah Van Dyk, Jenna Hardy, Brian McGarry, Kim Meyers, Lizzie Davis, Cole Leonard, and Nicki Hardy. Back Row: Virginia Tech alumnus, Joel Coble (Class of '99).

    Outstanding Chapter
    1st place Yearbook
    2nd place Website
    Outstanding Student: Lizzie Davis
    2nd place Production Paper: Jenna Hardy
    1st place Quiz Bowl Team: Cole Leonard, Grace Ott, Hannah Van Dyk, and Cara Woloohojian

    Next year’s meeting will be hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge.

  • Fall 2015 Dean's List

        Chelsea Abbott , Mikayla Bailey, Angela Bladen, Tiffany Casteel, Lizzie Davis, Elizabeth Fazio, Jenna Hardy, Nicole Hardy, Lydia Harrison, Chase Heldreth, Katie Jones, Sandra Krone, Andrew Laffey, Savannah Lambert, Erik Lofgren, Courtney O’Haro, Hannah Van Dyk.
  • Meet the Dairy Science Student Ambassadors!


    Dairy Science Student Ambassadors Front row: (L-R) Vivian Yang, Hannah Van Dyk, Whitney Bowman; Back row: (L-R) Andrew Laffey, Annemarie Bresson, Brittany Bowman.

    We would like to introduce the six amazing students selected in December to serve as our Dairy Science Student Ambassadors!

    Student Ambassadors assist with undergraduate recruitment--open houses, student visits, admissions weekends, etc.  Lizzie Davis, a senior in the department, developed the application process, structure, and training for the student ambassadors in a fall semester independent study course. Annemarie will be the head student ambassador and coordinate the student ambassador schedules and meetings.  

    • BrittanyBowman is a junior from Mt. Jackson, VA
    • Whitney Bowman is a junior from Mt. Jackson, VA (yes, they are twins!)
    • Annemarie Bresson is a junior from Reston, VA
    • Andrew Laffey is a junior from Cochranville, PA – his family farm is Glenville Dairy Farm
    • Hannah Van Dyk is a freshman from Tulare, CA- her family owns dairy cattle under the Shining-Star Holstein & Jersey prefix
    • Vivian Yang is a junior from Columbia, MD

    We are excited to have these students helping to recruit the best and brightest dairy, animal, and STEM interested students to the Department of Dairy Science!

  • 2015 Showcase Sale a Huge Success!

    A great sale (and signature tradition!) organized and managed by the Virginia Tech Dairy Club. Many thanks to all who supported the sale!

        2015 Showcase Sale Dairy Club Group Photo


        2015 Showcase Photo
        2015 Showcase Sponsors
        2015 Showcase Collage



Directions to the Dairy Complex

    Road to the Dairy Complex.


Leaving campus via Southgate Drive:

  • Take a right onto US-460 at the light.
  • Go 1.1 miles-take second exit off of 460 - Prices Fork Road Exit.
  • Follow Prices Fork Road for 3.6 miles.
  • Take right onto McCoy Road (Route 652).Go 3.2 miles.
  • Take left onto Whitethorne Road.
  • Follow Whitethorne Road to the Kentland Farm entrance.
  • Dairy Complex is the second road on right.
  • Dairy buildings are up the hill.

Print Directions

5279 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060