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  • 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 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, VA – 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
  • Student Spotlight on Lizzie Davis

        Student Spotlight on Lizzie Davis.
  • Judging Team at the World Dairy Expo

    We are super proud of our 2015 Dairy Judging Team! They placed 6th overall in a very competitive field. Additionally, the team placed 2nd in the Brown Swiss contest.

    Individual results:

    Amanda Mitcheltree placed 7th Overall, 2nd In Brown Swiss, 6th in Placings Only, and 7th in Milking Shorthorn.

    Katie Jones placed 5th in the Brown Swiss contest.

    Savannah Lambert placed 9th in Reasons.

    Kathryn Wright placed 12th in Jerseys.

  • Student Spotlight on Angela Bladen

        Student spotlight--Angela Bladen.
  • Board of Visitors approves proposed design of new dairy and animal science facilities


    Rendering drawing for the BETR I--Phase 2 of the Dairy Science Relocation. Phase II of the new Dairy Science Complex will include research, teaching, and outreach efforts in the bovine extension, teaching and research facility on Plantation Road.

    The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors recently approved the proposed design for the second phase of the new Dairy Science Complex. Phase II builds upon the new state-of-the-art research facilities and provides additional space for world-class research, teaching, and Virginia Cooperative Extension initiatives in dairy and animal sciences.

    The $7.6 million facility will include an applied reproductive physiology facility adjacent to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, an intensive metabolic research facility at the Kentland Farm complex, and a bovine extension, teaching and research facility on Plantation Road. 

    “The new buildings are an indication of the university’s support of the land-grant mission and will ensure the continued success of our award-winning dairy science program,” said Mike Akers. the department head and a professor of dairy science. “The facilities will allow our students to learn in the best environment possible. We have a strong dairy science program and these facilities make it even better as a hub for research and teaching. What is learned here will increase our understanding of dairy cattle and ultimately help boost profits and efficiency for dairy farmers.”

    Read more

  • Dr. Hanigan visits China

    In June, Dr. Hanigan visited China where he taught a five day short course on mathematical modeling to their graduate students. While there, he also gave lectures at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and one at Beijing Agricultural University in Beijing. He is pictured with his poster presentation and the agricultural group from Shandong Agricultural Univ. in Tai'an, China. 

        Group photo with Dr. Hanigan and the Ag group from Shandong Agricultural University, Tai'an, China.
  • Dr. James on the cover of Bovine Veterinarian

        Dr. R. E. James, Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science.

    Dr. James discusses the considerations necessary before feeding waste milk to calves.

    Should it be fed?  He talks about management considerations, including costs, quality, safety, and supply. 

    Read the full article on page 22  here.

  • Grand Opening of the New Dairy Complex at Kentland



    The ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Virginia Tech Dairy Complex at Kentland Farm. The ribbon-curing ceremony at at the grand opening of the Virginia Tech Dairy Complex at Kentland Farm on July 17, 2015. Pictured (L-R): Jason Carter, Executive Secretary, Virginia Cattleman's Association; Eric Paulson, Executive Secretary & Treasurer, Virginia State Dairymen's Association; Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Dr. Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Tech; Dr. Mike Akers, Department Head, Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science; Dr. Ed Jones, Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

    Many thanks to all who attended the 2015 Virginia State Dairymen's Association Field Day & Grand Opening of our New Dairy Complex at Kentland on July 17th! More than 1200 people turned out to participate in the Field Day and tour the new dairy facilities. We're very excited for the first phase of the project to essentially be completed and look forward to moving cows in the next few weeks. The Department of Dairy Science appreciates your continued support and interest in our journey to Kentland Farms. 


    Additional information and coverage:

    University Land Use/Dairy Relocation Information

    Officials celebrate new Virginia Tech dairy facility in Montgomery County – Roanoke Times

    Photos: New Dairy Science Complex

        Visitors tour the milking parlor.

    Virginia Tech celebrated the grand opening of its new Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm.

    Virginia Tech showcases new Dairy Science Complex – WDBJ7

    Reinventing it's dairy future: Virginia Tech Opens New Dairy Science Complex  –  Lancaster Farming

    New Tech Dairy Science Complex opens 10 miles from campus –  Collegiate Times

    Virginia Tech Adds $14M Dairy Science Complex at Kentland Farms  –  DairyBusiness Weekly

  • 2015 Spring Dean's List - Dairy Science

        2015 Spring Dean's List: Tiffany Casteel, Eleonor Cayford, Lizzie Davis, Liz Fazio, Nicole Hardy, Lydia Harrison, Courtney Henderson, Katie Jones, Erin Koperna, Erik Lofgren, Jennifer Malkus, Courtney O’Haro, Emma Reeves, Abbie Rose, Sara Seeba, Jessica Sentelle, Bethany Spencer, Katie Steffy, Cara Woloohojian, Vivian Yang
  • 2015 Hokie Cow Classic

        2015 Hokie Cow Classic Group

    2015 Hokie Cow Classic Scholarship Recipients: Courtney Henderson, Ryan Zimmerman & Katie Jones.

    2015 Hokie Cow Classic results and team photos...

Upcoming Seminar

    Mari Lehtimaki, DASC graduate student

Mari Lehtimaki
Striving For A Preventative 
S. aureus Vaccine --
What's the Hold Up?

Thursday, February 18, 2016
4:00 p.m.

1770 Litton-Reaves Hall



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