Virginia’s strong beef industry includes more than 650,000 beef cows raised on more than 26,000 farms across all regions of the commonwealth. The state’s abundant forage resources and topography are ideally suited for beef production. Virginia is primarily a cow-calf state, with most calves sold as feeder cattle and transported to the Eastern Corn Belt or Midwest to be fed. The strong cow-calf sector is supported by a progressive seedstock industry. The stocker cattle industry is also significant in the state, taking advantage of the state’s pasture resources.
Extension programs serving the beef cattle industry address all of these segments. The primary focus of these programs is to enhance the profitability and sustainability of beef cattle production systems through enhanced production efficiency and value-added ventures.
Current News and Information
- Master Cattlemen's Course
- This program will consist of seven sessions that provide essential information for beef producers in the areas of Economics, Genetics, Reproduction, Nutrition, Forages, Herd Health, and Marketing. Participants will receive a certificate as a Virginia Master Cattleman upon successful completion of all seven sessions of the program. The goal of the program is to use the initial sessions as a foundational on which to build more advanced beef educational programs in the years to come.
- Two locations
- Abingdon, VA
- October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, and December 1
- Stuart, VA
- October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, and 14.
- Cost is $50 per participant
- For more information: Phil Blevins - (276) 676-6309; Travis Bunn - (276) 694-3341
- Advanced Master Cattleman Meats Course
- An Advanced Master Cattleman Workshop centering on the meat side of the cattle business entitled “It’s All About The Final Product” is planned for those individuals who have been through the Virginia Master Cattleman program.
- Two-day program - October 21 - 22, 2016
- Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena and Virginia Tech Meats Center
- Limited space
- Cost is $50 per participant
Advanced Master Cattleman Meats Course (PDF | 161KB)
- For More Information: Phil Blevins - (276) 676-6309; Scott Greiner - (540) 231-9159
Optimizing Phosphorus Supplementation of Grazing Beef Cattle (PDF | 153KB)
Grazing Recycles Nutrients (PDF | 83KB)
Frost Seed Clover in 2012 (PDF | 120KB)
Virginia Cattle - How Do We Stack Up? (PDF | 111KB)
Antibiotic Use in Livestock Under Increased Scrutiny (PDF | 94KB)
BCIA Stands Behind Its Breeding Soundness Exams (PDF | 157KB)
- Ten Steps to Buying the Right Bull (page 3 of Livestock Update)
- Phosphorus Supplementation of Beef Cows (page 3 of Livestock Update)
- Implant Calves This Year (page 2 of Livestock Update)
- Yearling Bull Management (page 3 of Livestock Update)
- Bull Selection: Establishing Benchmarks (page 6 of Livestock Update)
- Playing the Cards You're Dealt (page 3 of Livestock Update)
- Preventing Scours in the Upcoming Calving Season (page 4 of Livestock Update)
- Understanding and Utilizing Across Breed EPDs (page 5 of Livestock Update)
- Remember What Drives Profitability in the Cow-Calf Business (page 3 of Livestock Update)
- Managing Pastures for Stocker Operation (page 3 of Livestock Update)
- Value of Crossbreeding (page 9 of Livestock Update)
- 2012 - 2013 Winter Beef Webinar Series
- 2011 - 2012 Winter Beef Webinar Series
- 2010 - 2011 Winter Beef Webinar Series
- 2009 - 2010 Winter Webinar Series