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.
Register online here.
Way to go guys!
Results from Big E (Eastern States Expo) held in West Springfield, MA on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
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...
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...
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.
Dr. Ben Corl,
Interim Department Head
Jan 16-20, 2017
Area Dairy Conferences
Feb. 15-16, 2017
VSFA & Nutritional Management "Cow" College
Dairy Science Defense Seminar
Friday, December 9, 2016
Life Sciences I Facility, Room 101 | 9:30 AM
Dissertation: Staphylococcus aureus as a source of antigens stimulating bovine dendritic cells and lymphocytes in vitro
Mari Lehtimaki, Ph.D. Candidate, Animal Sciences, Dairy
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5279 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060