Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Shenandoah AREC

**Due to recent concerns over COVID-19, the McCormick Farm Mill and Museum are closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please enjoy the historic grounds and interpretive trail. Thank you for your understanding.**

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.


Novel Tall Fescue


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


  • Calan feeding system
  • Portable solar-powered Calan gate feeding system
  • Novel fescue systems
  • Temple Grandin cattle handling facility
  • Weather station with real-time weather data


  • 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


  • Forage industry
  • Beef cattle Industry
  • Sheep industry
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.


2017 Field Day

The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, McCormick Farm, held its biennial Field Day on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. During the day, researchers reviewed and discussed their ongoing research projects being conducted at the Shenandoah Valley AREC. This was an excellent educational program, especially for producers interested in livestock, forage production, grazing, and forest management.  Our next Field Day will be Wednesday, August 5th, 2020.  If you would like to attend this future event please register by calling the Shenandoah Valley AREC at (540) 377-2255 or email us at

2017 Field Day Proceedings -DOCUMENT.pdf