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  • Dr. James on the cover of Bovine Veterinarian

        Dr. R. E. James, Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science.

    Dr. James discusses the considerations necessary before feeding waste milk to calves.

    Should it be fed?  He talks about management considerations, including costs, quality, safety, and supply. 

    Read the full article on page 22  here.

  • Grand Opening of the New Dairy Complex at Kentland



    The ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Virginia Tech Dairy Complex at Kentland Farm. The ribbon-curing ceremony at at the grand opening of the Virginia Tech Dairy Complex at Kentland Farm on July 17, 2015. Pictured (L-R): Jason Carter, Executive Secretary, Virginia Cattleman's Association; Eric Paulson, Executive Secretary & Treasurer, Virginia State Dairymen's Association; Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Dr. Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Tech; Dr. Mike Akers, Department Head, Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science; Dr. Ed Jones, Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.

    Many thanks to all who attended the 2015 Virginia State Dairymen's Association Field Day & Grand Opening of our New Dairy Complex at Kentland on July 17th! More than 1200 people turned out to participate in the Field Day and tour the new dairy facilities. We're very excited for the first phase of the project to essentially be completed and look forward to moving cows in the next few weeks. The Department of Dairy Science appreciates your continued support and interest in our journey to Kentland Farms. 


    Additional information and coverage:

    University Land Use/Dairy Relocation Information

    Officials celebrate new Virginia Tech dairy facility in Montgomery County – Roanoke Times

    Photos: New Dairy Science Complex

        Visitors tour the milking parlor.

    Virginia Tech celebrated the grand opening of its new Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm.

    Virginia Tech showcases new Dairy Science Complex – WDBJ7

    Reinventing it's dairy future: Virginia Tech Opens New Dairy Science Complex  –  Lancaster Farming

    New Tech Dairy Science Complex opens 10 miles from campus –  Collegiate Times

    Virginia Tech Adds $14M Dairy Science Complex at Kentland Farms  –  DairyBusiness Weekly

  • 2015 Spring Dean's List - Dairy Science

        2015 Spring Dean's List: Tiffany Casteel, Eleonor Cayford, Lizzie Davis, Liz Fazio, Nicole Hardy, Lydia Harrison, Courtney Henderson, Katie Jones, Erin Koperna, Erik Lofgren, Jennifer Malkus, Courtney O’Haro, Emma Reeves, Abbie Rose, Sara Seeba, Jessica Sentelle, Bethany Spencer, Katie Steffy, Cara Woloohojian, Vivian Yang
  • 2015 Hokie Cow Classic

        2015 Hokie Cow Classic Group

    2015 Hokie Cow Classic Scholarship Recipients: Courtney Henderson, Ryan Zimmerman & Katie Jones.

    2015 Hokie Cow Classic results and team photos...

  • 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 ( | 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;
          • 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".

Upcoming Events

October 17
Showcase Sale

September 19-20
University Admissions Open House

November 14-15
University Admissions Open House

December 5
Dairy Science Open House for high school/transfer students




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