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Announcements & New Information


October 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


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


Oct. 9, 2014 
BQA Classroom Certification
Verona, VA


Oct. 17-18, 2014
VT Showcase Sale & Open House

October 23, 2014
Farm Succession Workshop
Staunton, VA

Nov. 5, 2014
VA farm fence law workshop
Verona, VA

Nov. 15, 2014

VA Holstein Annual Meeting
Staunton, VA


Pesticide Recertification Classes
Nov. 24: 7 pm - Verona
Dec.. 2: 7 pm - Harrisonburg
Dec. 3: 7 pm - Monterey
Dec. 9: 10 am - Staunton
Dec. 10: 1 pm - Dayton

Dec. 2-4, 2014
Farm to Table Conference
Weyers Cave, 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 09/30/14--
VA DHI cows: 59,504
VA DHI herds: 321
VA DHI average herd size:  185

September 2014
Herd Summary

Virginia June 2014
mailbox price: $24.68
more mailbox prices... 

August 2014--
US cows: 9,276,000
VA cows: 93,000

VA dairy herds as of  
Sept. 2014--
    Cow: 620
    Goat: 17   
    Sheep: 2 

Herd Distribution
Map is being updated.

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