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Announcements & New Information


July 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

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July 22, 2014
Risk Management Workshop
Weyers Cav


July 28, 2014
State 4-H & FFA Dairy Youth Field Day 


July 30, 2014
Showing and Fitting Workshop


July 30, 2014
VA Dairy Expo 
Weyers Cave


July 31, 2014
District Holstein Dairy Show

July 31, 2014

VA State Colored Breeds Show


August 1, 2014
VA Sale of Stars


August 2, 2014
VA Summer Show

August 8-9, 2014
Franklin County 1st
Annual Open Youth 
Livestock Fun Show


Sept. 22-24, 2014
2nd Annual SQMI Meeting
(Southeast Quality Milk Initiative)
The Inn at Virginia Tech
Details TBA


October 23, 2014
Farm Succession Workshop
Staunton, VA


Current Dairy Industry Stats

As of 06/30/14--
VA DHI cows: 58,053
VA DHI herds: 324
VA DHI average herd size:  179

June 2014
Herd Summary

Virginia April 2014
mailbox price: $25.78
more mailbox prices... 

April 2014--
US cows: 9,231,000
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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