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Announcements & New Information


September 2014 Dairy Pipeline - The VTDairy Newsletter


Silo Face Management

Length: 4:56

(New video by Dr. Gonzalo Ferreira)

2014 VSFA & Nutritional Management "Cow" College presentations

2014 Area Dairy Conference presentations 


A Decision Making Tool to Determine the Feasibility of Purchasing Virginia Milk Commission Base     
Article  |  Spreadsheet      
Gonzalo Ferreira and Mike McGilliard

Calf Feeder
Group housing and feeding systems for calves-opportunities and challenges
Feeding Recommendations for automatic calf feeders
from the calf autofeeder meeting in Rocky Mount, VA

Pasteurizer use for calf feeding, presentations by Dr. Bob James 

Group housed calf systems--better recruiting and training is required
Felix Soriano, MS, PAS, APN Consulting, LLC 
(former Virginia Tech Dairy Science graduate student)

Group housing and feeding systems for calves-opportunities and challenges 
by Dr. Bob James  and Kayla Machado  slides | paper

Organic Milk Production Handbook

Staphylococcus aureus Mastitis: Cause, Detection, & Control
Extension publication by: C.S. Petersson-Wolfe, I.K. Mullarky, 
and G.M. Jones

Reference Guide for Mastitis-Causing Bacteria
Extension publication by: C.S. Petersson-Wolfe and J. Currin

Advances in Precision Phosphorus Feeding Webcast webcast

Read AgWeb Dairy Blogs


Sept. 14, 2014
4-H/FFA Dairy Goat Show
Isle of Wight County Fair

Sept. 18, 2014
Franklin County Pasture Management Program
Boones Mill, VA
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Sept. 30, 2014
Calf Management Program
Penhook, VA
5:30 pm

Sept. 22-24, 2014
2nd Annual SQMI Meeting
(Southeast Quality Milk Initiative)
The Inn at Virginia Tech
Flyer | Agenda and Lodging Details
Register on-line

Sept. 26, 2014
2014 State Fair Junior Dairymen's Contest
The Meadow Event Park
Doswell, VA

Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2014
National 4-H Dairy Conference
Madison, WI
On-line application must be completed on or before midnight on Sunday, August 17th

Sept. 29 - Oct. 4, 2014

World Dairy Expo
Madison, WI


Oct. 8, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Secure Milk Supply Project Training
VDACS Office
Harrisonburg, VA

October 23, 2014
Farm Succession Workshop
Staunton, VA

Nov. 15, 2014

VA Holstein Annual Meeting
Staunton, VA

Feb. 18-20, 2015
69th Annual Virginia State Feed Association & Virginia Tech Nutritional Management "Cow College"
Hotel Roanoke
Roanoke, VA
Details TBA

Mar. 9-13, 2015
Area Dairy Conferences
--March 9  -  Amelia
--March 10 - Harrisonburg
--March 11 - Culpeper
--March 12 - Rocky Mount
--March 13 - Marion



Current Dairy Industry Stats

As of 08/31/14--
VA DHI cows: 58,876
VA DHI herds: 317
VA DHI average herd size:  186

August 2014
Herd Summary

Virginia May 2014
mailbox price: $25.77
more mailbox prices... 

June 2014--
US cows: 9,266,000
VA cows: 93,000

VA dairy herds as of  
April 2014--
    Cow: 623
    Goat: 17   
    Sheep: 2 

Herd Distribution
Map is being updated.

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