Operators of Virginia dairy farms will be heading to the State Dairymen’s Association Dairy Expo in mid-July.
July 14th will see the operators of Virginia dairy farms traveling to Stoney Run Farms in McGaheysville, Virginia for the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association (VSDA) Dairy Expo. The day is one of fellowship and learning for the dairy producers in the state. Explore the offerings of the event below.
Virginia Dairy Farms by the Numbers
According to information compiled by the VSDA and the American Dairy Association of Virginia, the state is 24th in the country for milk production and 23rd in the number of dairy cows. As of 2015, there were 608 Virginia dairy farms with a total of 90,000 dairy cows that produced 205 million gallons of milk that year. All told, cash receipts for the sale of milk equaled $317 million.
Information on the VSDA’s Dairy Expo
The Dairy Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stoney Run Farms, one of the state’s “premier dairy farms,” according to the VSDA. The farm itself is a fourth-generation dairy farm, though it’s roots go back to the 1800s when it was a crop farm. The operation started milking 50 cows in 1950, and they currently milk 2,200 dairy cows three times a day in 72-stall rotary parlor. Three different generations currently work the farm.
Throughout the day, vendors and industry groups will offer demonstrations around Stoney Run Farms dairy as educational exhibitions for attending dairy farmers. The event also features a free barbecue lunch and the opportunity for the men and women of Virginia’s dairy industry to visit with each other, share, and network.
If you’re attending the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association Dairy Expo, make sure to stop by and see Cameron Flowers, Correspondent Lender in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia; he will be happy to discuss our dairy farm loan packages.
AgAmerica Lending supports the operators of Virginia dairy farms and dairy operators across the country. Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members if you’re ready to discover how our custom loan packages could benefit your dairy operation.
Cameron Flowers is a 7th generation South Carolinian having been born and raised in Aynor, South Carolina. He grew up working on his family’s tobacco and swine farm, and in high school won both the state FFA soil judging and farm business management competitions.