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  • Dairy Club goes to Ireland

    Over 25 Dairy Club members are currently in Dublin, Ireland with their two faculty advisors (Dr. Ferreira and Dr. Daniels). They are touring Dublin and will be traveling the country to tour dairy and beef farms as their trip progresses.

        2017 Dairy Club trip to Ireland. Photo of the club taken at Trinity College. Photo by Dr. Kristi Daniels.
  • Farming Magazine catches up with Abbie Rose

    Farming Magazine follows up a year after their article on Abbie Rose and her internship with Lely.  Read the latest article here (scroll to page 59) and the initial article here.

        Farming Magazine article on Abbie Rose (DASC '16) screenshot.
  • Check out these videos by Drs. Alex White and Katharine Knowlton

  • 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.

    photo of Dr. Ben Corl

Dr. Ben Corl, 
Interim Department Head

Upcoming Events

Jan. 16-20, 2017
Area Dairy Conferences

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

Mar. 25, 2017
Little All-American
Livestock Judging Pavilion on Plantation Road



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