Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center
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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.
- Forestry and silvopasture
- Pasture systems research
- Ram performance testing
- Beef cattle production
- 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
- Forage and livestock industries
- Forestry industry
- 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
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.
AREC Fact Sheet
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.