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  • Dairy Science Open House to be held December 3rd

        Hokie students with Holstein and textbooks with fall foliage background

    Are you interested in attending Virginia Tech and majoring in Dairy Science?
    If so, please join us for a day in the life of a Virginia Tech Dairy Science student!

    The Virginia Tech Dairy Science Open House for high school and transfer students is Saturday, December 3rd. Registration is available online and due by December 1st.

    You may email Kathy Duncan at or call 540.231.4769 for more information and to register.

    Register online here.

  • Virginia Tech Dairy Science shines at the Big E


    Dairy Science students at the Big E. Front row L-: R Cara Woloohojian, Cortney Hostetter, Carly Shaw, Nicole Hardy, Hannah Van Dyk Back row: Andrew Laffey, Zack Seekford


    Way to go guys!

    Results from Big E (Eastern States Expo) held in West Springfield, MA on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

    Overall Team:

      • 1st-Team A
      • 4th Team B


    Overall Individual:

      • 1st Nicole Hardy
      • 2nd -Cortney Hostetter
      • 5th Zack Seekford
      • 7th Cara Woloohojian
      • 9th Hannah Van Dyk




      • 1st Team A
      • 3rd-Team B


            Overall Individual

      • 1st-Hannah Van Dyk
      • 2nd –Cara Woloohojian
      • 5th Nicole Hardy
      • 6th-Carly Shaw
      • 7th Cortney Hostetter
      • 10th Zack Seekford



    *Brown Swiss

      • 5th-Nicole Hardy



      • 3rd-Team A
      • 5th-Beam B



      • 1st- Cortney Hostetter
      • 5th-Cara Woloohojian



      • 2nd-Team A
      • 5th-Team B



      • 2nd-Andrew Laffey
      • 3rd-Hannah Van Dyk
      • 4th-Zack Seekford
      • 5th –Nicole Hardy



      • 1st-Team B
      • 2nd-Team A



      • 1st - Cara Woloohojian
      • 3rd-Cortney Hostetter
      • 5th –Nicole Hardy



      • 1st-Team A
      • 5th-Team B


    *Milking Shorthorn

      • 1st-Cortney Hostetter
      • 4th-Zack Seekford



      • 3rd-Team B
      • 4th –Team A


  • Dairy Science Open House

        Join us for our Open House to experience a day in the life of a Virginia Tech Dairy Science student. Dairy Science Open House for High School & Transfer Students Saturday, December 3, 2016 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall. Please RSVP to Kathy Duncan at or call 540.231.4769 by December 1st.
  • Dr. Bob James honored with emeritus status


    photo of Dr. Bob James Dr. Bob James

    Robert E. James, professor of dairy science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

    The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

    A member of the university community since 1974, James served the dairy industry of Virginia and the nation as an Extension specialist, contributed to scientific and Extension education literature, and served as Extension project leader for dairy science. more...

  • Dr. Ben Corl to serve as interim head of DASC


    photo of Dr. Ben Corl Dr. Ben Corl

    Benjamin Corl, associate professor of dairy science, has been named interim head of the Department of Dairy Science in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Corl follows Mike Akers, the Horace E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin Professor of Dairy Science, who recently stepped down after 12 years as department head to focus on research.

    “This is an opportunity to build upon the foundation laid by those who have gone before me and try to build on the robust legacy in the department,” said Corl. “I look forward to working with the college leadership to advance the department and the college.” more...

  • Virginia Tech shines at ADSA

    The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS), and the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) held the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19-23.

    Virginia Tech Dairy Science brought home quite a few honors. The Dairy Club accomplishments were as follows:
    • 3rd place -  Quiz bowl
    • 2nd place - Yearbook
    • 2nd place - Scrapbook 
    • 3rd place - Outstanding chapter
    • 1st place - Dairy foods paper presentation - Joy Nystrom
    • 1st place - Production paper presentation - Jenna Hardy
    • Outstanding student - Lizzie Davis
    • Genevieve Christen Award Winner - Lizzie Davis

       Graduate students were also well represented, with Adam Geiger placing 2nd in the Ph.D. Oral Paper Competition and Alston Brown placing 3rd in the Southern Section Oral Competition.

    Congratulations to our students on a fantastic showing!

  • 2016 Spring Dean's List

        Chelsea Abbott, Tiffany Casteel, James Comstock, Elizabeth Fazio, Brian Hanlon, Nicole Hardy, Lydia Harrison, Katelyn Jones, Sandra Krone, Courtney O’Haro
  • VT alum and family wins the Holstein World Elite Breeder award

    David and Debbie Hardesty of Harvue Farms in Berryville, VA have been awarded the Elite Breeder Award from the Holstein Association USA! Four generations of Hardesty's and hard work have guided the operation to the success it enjoys today. Their excellent reputation and impressive numbers speak volumes and this prestigious award recognizes the contribution the Hardesty's have made to the dairy industry and Holstein community. 

    David Hardesty ('82) and his son Daniel ('09) are both graduates Virginia Tech Dairy Science. Read more about Harvue Farms and the Hardesty family, as well as other award recipients here.

  • Virginia Tech Jerseys Featured in French Dairy Magazine

        2016 PLM Article photo

    Parlez-vous français? VT Dairy Science was featured in the June 2016 issue of Production Laitière Moderne!

    A group from the French Dairy Magazine, PLM, spent almost a week in Blacksburg visiting Virginia Tech and the VT Dairy at Kentland, Hillside Dairy, Huffard Dairy, and Hammock Dairy. View the article here.

    This is the second time Virginia Tech dairy interests have been featured in PLM. Two years ago an article on the department was published in this same publication. The most recent visit has resulted in a feature article of Virginia Tech and the Jerseys with nearly 20 pages of print.  

    PLM is a highly respected publication with 10,000+ subscribers.   

  • 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

    photo of Dr. Ben Corl

Dr. Ben Corl, 
Interim Department Head

Upcoming Events

Dec. 3, 2016
Dairy Science Open House

Jan 16-20, 2017
Area Dairy Conferences
Details TBA

Feb. 15-16, 2017
VSFA & Nutritional Management "Cow" College

Upcoming Seminar

Biological and Mathematical Evidence for Single and Co-limiting Nutrients in Milk Production

Adelyn Meyers

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Life Sciences Building
Conference Room

2016 Fall Seminar Schedule



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