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!
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.
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.
|First Flight||Second Flight||Championship Flight|
Walmark Farms/ Elanco
Select Sire Power
Phibro Animal Health
VA Farm Bureau
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"
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!
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.
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.
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,
Dr. Ben Corl,
Interim Department Head
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