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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.
Agricultural Sciences 2017
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...
Dr. Ben Corl,
Interim Department Head
Feb. 15-16, 2017
VSFA & Nutritional Management "Cow" College
Mar. 25, 2017
Livestock Judging Pavilion on Plantation Road
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
Leaving campus via Southgate Drive:
5279 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060