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  • Support the Dairy Club!


    The Dairy Club at Virginia Tech yearbook reaches alumni from across the nation. Patron listings start at $25. Contact Brittany Bowman for more information:

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  • 2017 Little All-American Scheduled

        89th Annual Little All-American Dairy Show & Banquet to be held at 8:30, March 25th at the Livestock Judging Pavilion on Plantation Rd. Contact for more information.  For tickets, contact
  • 2017 Fall Deans List

        Dairy Science Fall 2016 Dean's List: Katherine Alexander, Katelyn Allen, Brittany Boitnott, Claudia Bollinger, Tiffany Casteel, Daniel Comyn, Emma Currie, Nicole Hardy, Leah Jenkins, Sandra Krone, Hailey Marlatt, Abigail Maucieri, Hunter McManus, Abbigail Nunes, Christina Tayo Oduyelu, Matthew Smith, Hannah Van Dyk, Rebecca Wilkins.
  • Dairy Club goes to Ireland


    2017 Dairy Club at the Cliffs of Moher. January 2017.

    This January, members of the Dairy Club at Virginia Tech took part in an international agricultural experience in Ireland, touring around the country to learn about the Irish dairy industry, agriculture, and culture. Twenty-eight Virginia Tech students and two Dairy Science professors were able to understand and witness the unique Irish agricultural system, which is focused on their hearty grassland and pastures for their animals. The Hokies toured about two farms every day for the nine-day trip and were able to sightsee and explore the Irish cities and towns of Galway, Cork, Dublin, and Kilkenny.

     Throughout the trip, Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, guided the Virginia Tech visitors on tours of dairy, beef, and sheep farms and Extension research facilities. The Hokies learned about agricultural production in Ireland and how their Extension system is set up throughout the country while meeting Teagasc Advisors, similar to Virginia Tech Extension Agents, on every farm or facility tour.

    Other highlights of the trip included touring Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the Kilkenny Castle and Smithwick’s Brewery in Kilkenny, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, and the Jameson Distillery in Cork.


    Elizabeth Galbreath
    Agricultural Sciences 2017

        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...

    photo of Dr. Ben Corl

Dr. Ben Corl, 
Interim Department Head

Upcoming Events

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

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

Upcoming Seminar

Yang Yang, Ph.D. Student

Impact of feeding frequency on dairy cow performance and health

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wallace Hall, Room 244 | 4:00 PM



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