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Top Story, May 2017


Va. bovine businesses to showcase industry at field days in July

By JANE W. GRAHAM
AFP Correspondent

The bovine businesses in Virginia are planning to show off what they do in early July with events planned in opposite ends of the state.
The first is the 2017 Virginia Cattle Field Day set for July 7 at the Stuart Land and Cattle Company in the Rosedale community of Russell County.  It will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day will include a bus tours of the Clifton Farm, part of the company, during the event, according to Russell County Agent Scott Jessee. Stuart Land and Cattle Company is one of the oldest businesses in the nation and the largest farm in Virginia.
“I’m excited to host the 2017 Virginia Cattle Field Day in Russell County,” he said.
He said the tour guides will be talking about both the farm and the history of the area.
The usual trade shows and educational talks can be expected as well.
The 2017 Dairy Expo will be July 14th at Stoney Run Farms in McGaheysville, in Rockingham County.
Eric Paulson, executive director of the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association, noted in the group’s magazine that it is again collaborating with the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association on these annual events.
Stuart Land and Cattle Company is one of oldest businesses in the nation and one of the largest farms in Virginia. Tours are expected to be part of the program that also includes lunch.
Paulson reported that the Dairy Expo will include tours of the Stoney Run Farms, home to 5,600 dairy animals.  The farm is run by Fred and Shirley Smith, Jeff and Noma Smith and their children, Nathan, Matthew Rachel Smith and Esther Smith Brown and her husband Jamie.
The farm dates to 1959 when the family started with 50 milk cows.  The fifth generation is now managing a primarily closed herd, Paulson noted.
The Virginia Holstein Association will hold its annual membership meeting during the day.