BLACKSBURG, Va., June 1, 2015 – Virginia Cooperative Extension is reminding people with backyard chickens and small commercial flocks to remain vigilant to protect their animals from the avian flu.
To date the current outbreak includes two strains of the virus known as H5N2 and H5N8, neither of which has spread to Virginia. Its closest proximity to the commonwealth has been in wild birds in Kentucky and a backyard flock in Indiana. It is not thought to be a threat to human health.
However, agricultural authorities are requesting that backyard, hobbyist, and small, local poultry producers take precautions to prevent the flu from spreading to Virginia.
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Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, front row, from left: Tammy Craun, coach; Hannah Craun; and Makalyn Nesselrodt. Back row, David Walker, coach; Bailey Carpenter; and Caley Ellington.
BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 17, 2015 – The Rockingham County 4-H Livestock Judging Team took first high team overall among 25 other teams in the National Western Invitational Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, Colorado, last month.
The team placed second in sheep, fifth in swine, and third in beef.
The four-member team included:
- Caley Ellington of Linville, Virginia;
- Bailey Carpenter of Mt. Crawford, Virginia;
- MaKalyn Nesselrodt of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and
- Hannah Craun of Bridgewater, Virginia.
In the individual competition, Ellington placed third overall and Nesselrodt placed ninth overall.
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Top row, left to right: William E. Blalock, Patricia Ann (Keller) Douglas, and Arden N. Huff. Bottom Row: John H. Parker and Louis Andre (Andy) Swiger
BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 24, 2014 – A group of Virginia’s livestock and horse organizations will induct five new members into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame located at the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.
The 2014 inductees will have their portraits hung in the arena during a ceremony to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. Family, friends, and the public are invited to attend.
The portrait gallery was relocated in 2012 to the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena from the Meadow Pavilion at the State Fair of Virginia in Doswell, Virginia.
“The Livestock Hall of Fame allows Virginia’s beef, sheep, dairy, pork, and horse industries to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the commonwealth’s livestock industry,” said Ike Eller, a retired Virginia Cooperative Extension animal scientist who chairs the hall of fame committee. “We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s honorees. They join a distinguished group of leaders who have helped make Virginia’s livestock industry what it is today.”
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The 2013 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team. Front, from left, Makayln Nesselrodt, Rockingham County; Lindsey Fenster, Rockbridge County; Carrie Cromer, Augusta County; and Sarah Harris, Rockbridge County. Back, from left, Paige Pratt, youth livestock Extension specialist; John Clouse, Montgomery County; Jack Redifer, Montgomery County; Cody Boden, Frederick County; and Blake Hopkins, Orange County.
The 2013 Virginia 4-H All-Star Livestock Judging Team traveled to Omaha, Neb., where they took first high team overall against 28 other teams in the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Judging Contest on September 28.
The team also took first in sheep and goats, second in reasons, third in swine, and fifth in beef. Read More
BLACKSBURG, Va., May 3, 2013 – The 2013 State Stockman’s Contest and State 4-H Quiz Bowl Competition were held April 5 at Augusta Expo in Fishersville, Va. The two state-level competitions drew more than 280 4-H and FFA youth from across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The stockman’s contest brought together 123 junior and 160 senior 4-H and FFA competitors. It consisted of a livestock-specific quiz; identification of livestock equipment, breeds, feeds, and meat; judging of live cattle, sheep, and swine; questions on each of those classes; and judging of meats and hay.
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