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  • 2015 Hokie Cow Classic

     

        2015 Hokie Cow Classic Group


    Results and photos coming soon. Please check back!

  • Congratulations Dairy Science Class of 2015!

        Congratulations Class of 2015!
        Dairy Science Class of 2015!
  • You are invited to the 2015 Hokie Cow Classic!

        2015 Hokie Cow Classic (Cow swinging a golf club.)


    Event Brochure

    April 1, 2015--This year's event will be held on Monday, May 18th at the Blacksburg Country Club. Last year's outing was a huge success, and generated more than $15,700 of direct financial support for our students and department. We strive to make the event bigger and better each year, and we count on the support of folks like you to make that happen.

    You may register online or print a registration form to be completed and mailed to us.


     

    Payments should be made payable to Virginia Tech Foundation and mailed to:
    Katharine Knowlton
    Department of Dairy Science (0315)
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

    Please direct any questions to Kathy Duncan (kathytd@vt.edu | 540.231.4769).

    On behalf of our students and entire department, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech.  Your contributions enable our students to learn and compete at the highest level.  We take tremendous pride in this success, and hope you do as well.

    We look forward to seeing you on May 18th!

  • 2015 Little All American | 87th Annual Little All-American Results

       

    2015 Little All-American Grand Champion 87th Annual Little All-American: Caitlyn Abbott, Reserve Grand Champion; Heather Shinn, Grand Champion Judge-Major Bond; Virginia Tech President Dr. Timothy Sands; Virginia Dairy Maid Hayley Daubert.


    Caitlyn Abbott - Reserve Grand Champion
    Heather Shinn - Grand Champion

    Erin Saacke - Reserve Fitting Champion
    Heather Shinn - Fitting Champion


    Caitlyn Abbott - Reserve Holstein Champion
    Heather Shinn - Holstein Champion

    Torie Pass - Reserve Novice Champion
    Becca Ellis - Novice Champion

    Joy Nystrom - Jersey, Class 10 Winner

    Jenna Hardy - Holstein, Class 8 Winner

    Lizzie Davis - Holstein, Class 7 Winner

    Heather Shinn - Holstein Class 6 Winner

    Katie Bough - Class 4, Novice Winner

    Becca Ellis - Winner, Class 3 Novice



    Visit the 2015 Little All-American Gallery...


     

  • Dairy Club stands out at the 2015 Southern ADSA-Student Affiliate Division!

        2015 ADSA-Student Affiliate Division
        2015 ADSA-Student Affiliate Division

    March 2, 2015--This year's event was hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington on February 26-28. Nine Virginia Tech students attended the three-day meeting to bring home:

          • Outstanding Chapter;
          • First Place Quiz Bowl Team (Coty Goodwin, Grace Ott, Hayley Potts, and Caroline Warns);
          • Second Place Scrapbook;
          • First Place Original research paper--Eleonor Cayford;
          • First Place Dairy Foods Paper--Jessica Sentelle;
          • Second Place Production Paper--Kelly Leatherman;
            and
          • 2015-2016 Southern ADSA-SAD president--Lizzie Davis!

    The American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division focuses on the development leadership and promotion scholastic achievement among students interested in dairy science while learning about ADSA.  ADSA-SAD also provides the opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas among the various member chapters.

  • Fall 2014 Dean's List

        2014 Fall Dean's List: Chelsea Abbott, Angela Bladen, Brittany Bowman, AnneMarie Bresson, Samantha Capaldo, Tiffany Casteel, Eleonor Cayford, Elizabeth Davis, Elizabeth Fazio, Nicole Hardy, Lydia Harrison, Courtney Henderson, Katelyn Jones, Erin Koperna, Kelly Leatherman, Courtney O'Haro, Emma Reeves, Jessica Sentelle.
  • Adjunct faculty brings a wealth of experience to the Dairy Science Department

       

    Dr. Alex White Dr. Alex White

    January 2015—We are pleased to have Dr. Alex White as an adjunct professor in the Department of Dairy Science!  Dr. White has taught a wide variety of college courses at Virginia Tech, Ohio State, NC State and Ferrum College over the past 25 years including: Dairy Enterprise Management, Agribusiness Management, Ag Financial Management, Farm Business Management, Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Computer Applications in Agriculture, and several courses in Personal Financial Management.  He has worked as a computer programmer for an agricultural software firm and also served as an extension agent and an extension specialist (personal financial management) for Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Dr. White was an assistant coach for the 2004 and 2007 national championship teams in the American Express Financial Planning Invitational.

    In August 2012 Dr. White began working full-time in the fields of financial management (focusing on retirement planning) and farm/business consulting.  He works with individuals and small business owners throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  Dr. White is an adjunct professor in the Dairy Science department at Virginia Tech.  He will continue to teach at Virginia Tech and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Dr. White speaks to a wide variety of audiences throughout the US.  He is a public director for Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative and he is on the Ag Advisory Board for First Bank & Trust.   

    Dr. White received his BS in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech, focusing on farm management and agricultural financial management.  His MS is in Ag Econ from Ohio State, with a concentration in farm management.  His Ph.D. is from Virginia Tech, where his research centered on retirement planning strategies for agricultural producers and small business owners.

  • Dr. Katharine Knowlton featured by the Wall Institute...

       

    Dr. Katharine Knowlton, Peter Wall International Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Polytechnic University. Dr. Katharine Knowlton, Peter Wall International Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Polytechnic University.

    December 17, 2014—
    Earlier this year, Dr. Katharine Knowlton was awarded $10,000 from the prestigious Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies as a visiting research scholar. This award was offered “to bring some of the world’s best scholars to the University of British Columbia” to work collaboratively with their faculty on innovative research. Now, she's been featured in The WALL Papers--The Peter Wall Institute Magazine!
    Read the full article, "Sick cows and superbugs: animal welfare meets human antibiotic resistance".

  • Dairy Science student featured in VTNews

       

    Chelsea Abbott Junior Chelsea Abbott presents a heifer at the Virginia Tech Dairy Showcase.

    BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 9, 2014Chelsea Abbott, a junior majoring in dairy science at Virginia Tech, arrived at the dairy barn early on the day of the Virginia Tech Dairy Showcase to prepare cows for the big show. 

    But Abbott wasn’t only there to tend to the cows — she also handed out surveys to those attending the showcase to measure their interest in agritourism.

    Abbott, from Fairfield, Vermont, is participating in this fall's Kohl Centre Experiential Learning course in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which gives students the opportunity to solve real-world challenges.

    In this new course, student-led interdisciplinary teams work on solutions to problems that have public value, covering a variety of challenges ranging from market and production issues, legal and policy hurdles, and financial issues. 

    Unlike other student projects, Kohl Centre students are the project leaders and faculty serve as facilitators who provide resources and feedback on team progress reports. more...

  • VT Dairy Science featured in international magazine

        Dr. Bob James is featured in the September 2014 issue of PLM.

    December 1, 2014—Parlez-vous français? VT Dairy Science was featured in the September 2014 issue of Production Laitière Moderne! For the full article, click here.

  • Dairy Science adds adjunct faculty

       

    Dr. Patrick French Dr. Patrick French

    November 18, 2014The Department of Dairy Science is pleased to have Dr. Patrick French join us as an adjunct professor.   Dr. French received his B.S. degree in Accounting and his M.S. in Dairy Nutrition from the University of Kentucky.   He completed his Ph.D. degree at Virginia Tech in dairy nutrition and management.  He coordinated teaching and research in dairy nutrition and management at Oregon State University for several years before returning to Virginia as Director of Ruminant Nutrition  and Research for Southern States.  Currently Dr. French is a Co-Owner of RP Feed Components and PF Bovidae, LLC.   His firm markets rumen protected amino acids and provides value added products for lactating dairy cattle.  In addition he provides nutritional and management consulting for dairies and conducts field research on dairy farms and at their research center in Wisconsin.

    At Virginia Tech, Dr. French provides valuable nutritional and management advice to our dairy.  He serves on graduate committees and assists in teaching our dairy nutrition and management courses.    His wealth of experiences gained from research, work in Oregon and with dairies throughout the U.S. have made him a valuable asset to our faculty, students and dairy herd at Virginia Tech.   




Graduate Student Opportunity

The Department of Dairy Science is seeking a candidate to pursue a PhD program in the area of dairy cattle nutrition and feeding management to begin fall semester 2015. This graduate research assistant will conduct applied research to evaluate the effect of hulless barley on lactation performance and nutrient utilization by lactating dairy cows. Details...


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