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.
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!
A great sale (and signature tradition!) organized and managed by the Virginia Tech Dairy Club. Many thanks to all who supported the sale!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Virginia Tech celebrated the grand opening of its new Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm.
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
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
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Leaving campus via Southgate Drive:
5279 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060