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  • 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.

  • Virginia Tech Jerseys Featured in French Dairy Magazine

        2016 PLM Article photo

    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.   

  • 2016 Hokie Cow Classic

    Thank you to all who participated to make the 14th Annual Hokie Cow Classic one of our best tournaments yet! 
        2016 Hokie Cow Classic Group

    First Flight Second Flight Championship Flight

    First Place

    Exchange Milling

    First Place

    VA Holsteins
    First Place


    Second Place

    DASC White

    Second Place

    Cooperative Milk
    Second Place

    Boehringer Ingelheim

    Third Place

    DASC Orange

    Third Place

    Southside Vet/Elanco
    Third Place

    Walmark Farms/ Elanco

    Fourth Place

    Select Sire Power

    Fourth Place

    VT Maroon
    Fourth Place


    Fifth Place

    Phibro Animal Health

    Fifth Place

    VA Farm Bureau
    Fifth Place

    Whitman Farm

    Individual Awards 

        Long Drives:   #10 White/Blue: Matt Woodford -- 280'
                              #9  Red/Gold: Dennis Hodges--252'

        Closest to Pin:   #3 Dwayne Hodges -- 14'8"
                                #7 Mac Wall -- 32"
                                #11 Bennet Cassell -- 12'
                                #15 Dwayne Hodges -- 7'9"

        Longest Putt:   #9 Zach Wall -- 9'2"
                               #18 Michael Myatt -- 14' 3/4"

  • Congratulations to our 2016 graduates!

    Graduation is a wonderful time. It's both an ending & a beginning; it's warm memories of the past & big dreams for the future.
    Go forth & do good! 

        2016 Group Graduation Photo
        2016 Graduation Caps
        2016 Graduation Cap Toss
  • Dairy Club at Virginia Tech Hosts 88th Annual Little All-American Show

        2016 Little All-American Grand Championship

    By: Sandra Krone, 2016-17 Dairy Club Reporter

    On April 23rd, Virginia Tech’s Dairy Club held their 88th Annual Little All-American Dairy Show and Banquet. Thirty-three members participated in the show, and three pledges also exhibited as the final requirement for their pledge process. They spent two weeks intensively feeding, watering, halter training, brushing, washing, and clipping their heifers in preparation for the show. The more experienced members set up workshops throughout the two weeks to teach the novices the ins and outs of the show, which were normally accompanied with pizza. Friday night the participants met as a group with the judge, Kyle Thygesen ‘95, to find out what his expectations were for the next morning.  Most participants woke up in the wee hours of the morning on show day to start their preparations. Carol Lee Donuts and Duchess Dairy milk were provided, and the show began at 8:30 AM at the Judging Pavilion on Plantation Road, emceed by Michael Granché and Kaitlyn Sonifrank. The championship results are as follows:

    Grand Champion: Cortney Hostetter

    Reserve Champion: Andrew Laffey, Jr.

    Grand Champion Jersey: Andrew Laffey, Jr.

    Reserve Champion Jersey: Caroline Warns

    Grand Champion Holstein: Cortney Hostetter

    Reserve Champion Holstein: Chelsea Abbott

    Champion Fitter: Andrew Laffey, Jr.

    Reserve Champion Fitter: Chelsea Abbott

    Novice Champion: Amy Legare

    Reserve Novice Champion: Lindsay Isernia

    Novice Fitting Champion: Amy Legare

    Reserve Novice Fitting Champion: Lindsay Isernia

    After a hectic but fun morning, the show participants and their parents took a break for the afternoon, cleaning up and catching up. At 6:00 PM, the doors opened at Custom Catering on North Main Street for the Little All-American Banquet. Before dinner, emcees James Comstock and Chelsea Abbott welcomed everyone, followed by the invocation by Whitney Bowman, and finally a milk toast by Kelly Leatherman. After dinner, Little All-American Awards, industry awards, and Dairy Club Awards were announced. The new officers, Ryan Zimmerman, Zack Seekford, Courtney Henderson, Andrew Laffey Jr., Sandra Krone, Casi Fleshman, Amy Legare, and Kathryn Wright, were installed, and new President Ryan Zimmerman gave the Senior Toast to end the banquet. A long night of dancing, fellowship, and fun followed the banquet.

  • Thank you to all who came out for the blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette!

    We had a great turn-out...thanks to YOU!   #SleevesUpTeamReese

    Waiting patiently to give blood.


    Dr. Bob James donating blood in honor of Reese.


    Dr. Alex White at the Blood Drive in honor of Reese.


    Lizzie Davis completing the necessary paperwork for the Blood Drive in honor of Reese.



    The Dairy Club at Virginia Tech sponsored a blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette on Friday, April 22.  Reese is the 9 year old daughter of Claire (VT DASC ’99) and Justin Burdette. She was badly burned in a house fire on Memorial Day in 2014.  After 662 days in the PICU at John Hopkins Hospital, she returned home two days before her 9th birthday in March.  She has received over 500 units of blood and 400 units of platelets.  Reese and her family hold a special place in the hearts of the dairy and Hokie communities.  Without the help of donors, Reese and countless others would not be here today. 

    To read more about Reese’s accident and recovery, here are a few articles about her medical miracle.

    photo of Dr. Ben Corl

Dr. Ben Corl, 
Interim Department Head

Upcoming Events

October 15
Showcase Sale

December 3
Dairy Science Open House

Upcoming Seminar

Policies, Procedures & Expectations

Drs. Corl & Akers

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Life Sciences Building
Conference Room

2016 Fall Seminar Schedule



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