Last year’s Beef Cattle Health Conference attracted more than 300 cattle producers and set a new attendance record.
BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 20, 2016 – The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Designed to give beef cattle producers an opportunity to learn strategies to improve the health of their herds, the conference will take place in the auditorium at Virginia Tech’s Litton-Reaves Hall, located at 175 West Campus Drive.
The conference will feature special guest Tom Noffsinger of Benkelman, Nebraska, a consulting feedlot veterinarian best known for his passion and enthusiasm for working with feed yards and ranches on low-stress cattle handing. An increasing number of feed yards and ranches are incorporating the low-stress handing philosophy and production practice into their daily operations to their and their cattle’s benefit.
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“Having the ability to add value to Virginia’s beef cattle operations is critical to the sustainability of Virginia agriculture and rural communities,” said Scott Greiner, Virginia Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist.
With more than 1.4 million head of cattle across the commonwealth, Virginia’s beef cattle industry is big business.
But while the cattle market has been favorable over the past few years, producers understand the need to continually improve their operations to stay competitive.
The Virginia Quality Assured certified feeder cattle program provides producers with the means to add value to their cattle, enabling them to receive premium prices for
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(From L to R top) Olive Kendrick Britt, Richard H.L. Chichester III, Allen Foster Harper (From L to R bottom) Gary L. Minish, and David Notter
Five individuals will be inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame for 2015 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena on Virginia Tech’s campus. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The ceremony will include an unveiling of the portraits of the 2015 honorees, which will be permanently displayed in the arena. The new Hall of Fame members, who hail from academia and industry, have demonstrated outstanding and uncommon contributions to the livestock industry.
BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 22, 2014 – The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2015 Winter Forage Conferences in four locations Jan. 20 through 23.
This year’s conferences will provide participants with information and examples of how healthy soils, forages, and ruminants improve human health and well-being. Speakers will illustrate the role of healthy soils as the foundation for a vibrant forage system that supports a ruminant livestock herd supplying high-quality proteins for human nutrition and health.
A beef cow grazing at the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Raphine, Virginia.
The keynote speaker will be Peter Ballerstedt, the forage product manager at Barenbrug USA.
Ballerstedt writes a blog focused on diet, health, and human nutrition called “Grass Based Health.” His areas of expertise include forage production, utilization, and forage-based livestock production systems and their role in human nutrition.
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BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 12, 2015 – The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Designed to give beef cattle producers an opportunity to learn strategies to improve the health of their herds, the conference will take place on the veterinary college’s Blacksburg campus, located at 245 Duck Pond Drive.
The Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference will include presentations on several topics to help beef
cattle producers improve the health of their herds.
The morning program will include presentations from faculty members in the veterinary college’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and elsewhere, including:
- Dr. John Currin, clinical associate professor of production management medicine and Extension veterinarian, on “What can we afford to do with the current price of calves and feed?”
- Dr. Hillary Feldmann, food animal ambulatory and production medicine intern, on “Current issues with cattle poisons”
- Jon Vest, Floyd County Extension agent, and Terry Slusher, a beef cattle producer in Floyd, Virginia, on “Tweaking your handling facilities”
- Dr. W. Dee Whittier, professor of production management medicine and Extension veterinarian, on “The cost to create a pregnancy: Artificial insemination and natural service”
- Dr. Terry Swecker, professor of production management medicine and clinical nutrition, on “Stretching hay”
- Dr. Sierra Guynn, clinical assistant professor of production management medicine, on “Water-related cattle disease”
- Dr. Kevin Pelzer, professor of production management medicine and epidemiology, on “Current health issues”