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Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Shenandoah AREC

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The Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center includes more than 900 acres of owned and leased land in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Research and Extension programs at the center cover livestock production, forages and forage systems, and small-scale forestry and wood lot management.

The center’s beef cattle programs include breeding, reproduction, nutrition, and management, as well as controlled rotational grazing and forage systems. Sheep programs include ram performance testing and commercial ewe lamb development.

The goal of this work is to help develop a more forage-based sustainable agricultural industry in Virginia and to be a leader in livestock and forage-based research in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. In the past five years, several small-scale forestry demonstration areas were developed to educate landowners about long-term management of their valuable forest resources.

A two-acre memorial plot at the center pays tribute to Cyrus McCormick and the ingenuity of the McCormick family. The memorial area is designated a National Historic Landmark and Virginia Wayside site, and is toured by thousands of visitors every year.

DISCIPLINES

  • Forestry and silvopasture
  • Pasture systems research
  • Ram performance testing
  • Beef cattle production

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

  • Portable and fixed Calan feeding systems
  • Novel tall fescue systems
  • Temple Grandin cattle handling facility
  • Weather station with real-time weather data
  • Solar-powered SmartScales
  • Acoustic grazing detection systems

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

  • Forage and livestock industries
  • Forestry industry


FACILITIES

  • Over 900 acres of owned and leased land
  • Three barns (bank barn, feeding barn, sheep barn)
  • A two-acre National Historic Landmark Memorial Plot, including a Grist Mill and Museum

 

Summer Stockpiling

The Shenandoah Valley AREC stockpiles tall fescue in the summertime as a way to manage excess spring pasture growth and allow time for forage to accumulate in fall stockpiled pastures.  It also provides great bedding for young, fall-born calves.

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AREC Fact Sheet 

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SVAREC 2020 Field Day Proceedings.pdf 2020 Field Day Proceedings
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ANNUAL McCORMICK MILL DAY

Our 15th Annual Mill Day will took place on October 2,  2021 
Our 16th Annual Mill day will take place on October 1, 2022

Mill Day 2020 was canceled due to Covid. Our 14th Annual Mill Day took place on Saturday 5th October, 2019.

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The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, McCormick Farm, hosts an annual McCormick Farm Mill Day.

2015 Shenandoah Valley AREC Field Day

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