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Announcements & New Information

2017 VSFA & Nutritional Management "Cow College" (PDF | 672KB)  


Photo of the Cow College Schedule for web display.












November/December 2016 Dairy Pipeline -- The VT Dairy Extension Newsletter

    Nov/Dec. 2016 Dairy Pipeline










Income Over Feed Costs in the Dairy Enterprise

    Income Over Feed Costs









PowerPoint Presentations from the June 18, 2015 autofeeder meeting:


Recent Hoard's Dairyman articles by Dr. R.E. James:
    Is unsaleable milk good enough? (May 2015)
    Protocols a priority for on-farm pasteurizers (May 2015)  


2015 Virginia State Feed Association & Nutritional Management "Cow College"


Silo Face Management

Length: 4:56


November 18-19, 2016
100th Anniversary of the
Virginia Holstein Association
Banquet and Annual Meeting


December 3, 2016
Virginia Tech Dairy Science 
Open House 

1810 Litton-Reaves Hall, Blacksburg

December 6, 2016
Nutrient Management for Animal Operations
Southern Piedmont AREC
Blackstone, VA
Contact 504-561-2481 or

December 8-9, 2016
Holistic Management and Risk Assessment 
Workshops for Dairy Farmers
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

December 12, 2016
Manure & Nutrient
Management Program


December 14, 2016
Hoof Health Workshop
Dayton, VA

December 16, 2016
Deadline to sign up for 2017 
Margin Protection Program

January 16-20, 2017
Area Dairy Conferences
Details TBA

January 24, 2017
Virginia Dairy Princess Pageant
Roanoke, VA

February 15-16, 2017
VSFA & Virginia Tech Cow College
Hotel Roanoke

March 2016
Hands on Calf Workshop - TBD



Current Dairy Industry Stats

As of 10/31/16--
VA DHI cows: 52,906
VA DHI herds: 278
VA DHI average herd size: 190

October 2016 
Herd Summary

Virginia July 2016
mailbox price: $15.87
more mailbox prices... 

May 2016--
US cows: 9,319,000
VA cows: 91,000

VA dairy herds as of  
August 2016--
    Cow: 595
    Goat: 15  
    Sheep: 2

Herd Distribution

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