Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 Winchester State Graded Lamb, Sheep and Goat Sale Dates

2015 Winchester State Graded Lamb, Sheep and Goat Sale Dates

February 2
April 6
May 4
June 15
July 13
August 17
September 21
December 14...

Location: Farmer Livestock Exchange Winchester, Va
Take In 8:00am-11:00am Sale Time 2 pm
All Sheep and Goats must have approved premise ID tags

For information contact:
Corey Childs, Warren County Extension 540-635-4549
Scott Stickley, Farmer Livestock Exchange 540-667-1023
Mike Boden, VDACS 540-336-0753
Matt Sponaugle VDACS 540-383-7983

Sale sponsored by:
Old Dominion Livestock Producers Association
Farmers Livestock Exchange
VDACS - Va Dept of Ag and Consumer Services

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Farm Transition Planning Meeting

Transition Planning event with Jesse Richardson.  The Thursday, January 15, 2015, dinner meeting is hosted by WVU Cooperative Extension in Berkley County, WV at 6:30pm at the Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds (  Please see the details below from WVU Agent - Michael Harman.  Be certain to call 304-264-1936 to RSVP one week prior to the event.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference

Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference

Saturday January 31, 2015

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by the

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine,

  Virginia Cooperative Extension

8:30-9:00          Registration

9:00-9:25          What can we afford to do with the current price of calves and feed?  - Dr. John Currin

9:25 – 9:45       Current issues with cattle poisons -  Dr. Hillary Feldman

9:45 – 10:15      Tweaking your handling facilities -  Jon Vest and Terry Slusher

10:15 – 10:35    The cost to create a pregnancy: AI and Natural Service – Dr. Dee Whittier

10:35 – 10:50    Morning Coffee Break

10:50 - 11:10    Stretching hay -   Dr. Terry Swecker

11:10 – 11:40    Water related cattle disease – Dr. Sierra Guynn

11:40 – 12:00    Current Health Issues – Dr. Kevin Pelzer

12:10                Travel to Alphin-Stuart Arena


All Labs will be 30 minutes Long


Lab 1               What happens in a rumen? – Dr. Hollie Schramm

Lab 2               Current cost of energy and protein: what feeds are deals? – Dr. Sarah Holland

Lab 3               Warming a cold calf – Dr. Dee Whittier

Lab 4               Body Condition Scoring – Andy Allen

Registration Fee:

$5.00 per person

Free to anyone under 18

This fee includes lectures, laboratories, proceedings, and lunch on Saturday. 

Attendance will meet the requirement for BQA recertification for those already certified in the Virginia Beef Quality Assurance program.


This course is being held at the College of Veterinary Medicine on the campus of Virginia Tech.  The registration will be in the College Center.

For more information contact:

Ralph Roop 540-231-9041,

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Ralph Roop, VMRCVM at 540-231-9041 during business hours of  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.
*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

Registration Form

Please print or type – complete a separate form for each participant


Name  ________________________________________________________________



State____________________________________  Zip _________________________

Daytime Phone Number_________________________________________________

Amount Enclosed_______________________________________________________


Make Check payable to: Treasurer of Virginia Tech.  Return form with payment by January 24, 2011  to:

Anne Cinsavich

Phase II, Room 301

College of Veterinary Medicine

Duck Pond Drive

Blacksburg, VA  24061

Orchardgrass Production Meeting to be Held January 8


Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting an Orchardgrass Production Meeting on Thursday, January 8, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Creekside Plain and Fancy in Edinburg, VA.    Farmers wishing to attend should register in advance by calling the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (540-459-6140) by January 5.  There is a $5 per person registration fee payable at the door. 

Farmers across the mid-Atlantic (DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV) are experiencing reduced vigor (fewer cutting and lower yields per year) and early death of orchardgrass stands compared to only ten years ago.  A 15 member task force (called the Mid-Atlantic Orchardgrass Task Force) was organized that represents agribusinesses, farmers, university specialists, and extension educators from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. 

In response, the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture initiated a research program to address the problem.  Mr. Gordon Jones was hired as a doctorial student at Virginia Tech within the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.  For the past one and one half years, Mr. Jones has been focusing on this issue.  This has included an extensive multi-year assessment of over 53 orchardgrass fields throughout the mid-Atlantic, and research plots focused on cutting height, fertility, and disease pressure.  During this meeting, Mr. Jones will give an update of his research program and provide some of the results to date.  This meeting will allow area farmers to have direct interaction with one of the primary researchers who is addressing this problem. 

            The Mid-Atlantic Orchardgrass Task Force estimates there are approximately 1.1 million acres of “improved” stands in the mid-Atlantic region and this problem is costing farmers over $40 million per year.  Meetings of industry, Extension, and government agencies (USDA-NRCS and USDA-ARS) personnel have been held to discuss the current situation. Discussions at these meetings have identified three potential causes of these orchardgrass problems:

  1. Cutting or grazing too short and/or too frequently,
  2. Pests (primarily orchardgrass billbugs, grubs, and a disease called leaf streak),
  3. Improper fertilization.

These factors are either working individually or in concert to cause significant financial losses to farmers.  However, there are many farmers across the mid-Atlantic who are following all recommended practices who are still experiencing these problems.  Thus, a key recommendation from the Task Force was that research was needed to find a solution.

            A special thank you to the following agribusinesses for helping to sponsor this meeting:  AMVAC, BASF, Bayer Cropscience, Binkley & Hurst, CFC Farm & Home, Dow AgroSciences LLC, Farm Family Insurance, First Bank & Trust Company, Helena Chemical Co., Hubner Seed, James River Equipment, Mathias Brothers, MidAtlantic Farm Credit,  Monsanto Company, Page Cooperative Farm Bureau, Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau, Southern States – Front Royal, Southern States – Luray, Southern States – Winchester, Sygenta, Valley Fertilizer & Chemical Company, Virginia Farm Bureau, Wightman Insurance Agency, and Winchester Equipment Co.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

 If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Robert A. Clark, Senior Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, at the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-459-6140/TDD* during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.  *TDD number is 800-828-1120.