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Va. livestock producers have meeting opportunities

By JANE W. GRAHAM
AFP Correspondent

(May 31, 2016) Beef and dairy cattlemen in Virginia have a variety of meetings they can attend this summer to learn, and network.
The 2016 Virginia Cattle Field Day and Dairy Expo is set for Friday, July 8 at the Virginia Tech McCormick Farm at Steeles Tavern, the 2016 Virginia Dairy Expo will be held Friday, July 15 at Harvue Farms in Berryville, Va.,
The 2016 Patrick County Beef Conference will be held Thursday, July 28 at the Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church in Patrick Springs.
Dr. Temple Grandin, well-known animal science professor and livestock handling expert at Colorado State University, will be a guest speaker at the Patrick County event.
She has received numerous awards including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2010.
Other speakers at the event will be Dr. Robert Gentry, DVM,; Dr. Mary Tomlinson of Healing Springs Large Animal Clinic and Jason Carter, executive secretary of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association.
The format for the Cattle Field Day and Dairy Expo at McCormick Farm will be different from previous years, Carter said.
He said it will be less structured and will allow more time for those attending to network and visit with their peers and sponsoring reps with an awards ceremony at noon.
The Dairy Expo on July 15 in Berryville will be more structured with dairy tours, presentation of the Holstein Association and a showcase of premier dairy cows.
The afternoon will include the annual membership meeting of the Virginia Holstein Association membership meeting.
“The Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association share tremendous collective interests, producer membership and value for our industry partners,” Carter and Eric Paulson,executive directors of the two organizations, said in a recent news release. “We work hand in glove to represent what is best for the cattle and dairy business.”
The two groups represent over 10,000 cattle producers, 1.3 million cows and calves a $1 billion in Virginia-grown agricultural goods.
The association meetings are free; however, there is a general registration fee of $35 for the Patrick event until July 1.
For more information, or to register for the Patrick County Beef Conference, contact Travis Bunn at 276-694-3341 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .