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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.**

**If you are interested in touring the Mill and Museum, you may schedule a self-guided tour by submitting a request at least five days prior to your visit, and agree to follow all state and local health department guidelines.  Call us at (540) 377-2255 for more information.**

Latest AREC updates

SVAREC Virtual Field Day - August 5, 2020 - 2:00pm

The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Research and Extension Centre, McCormick Farm held its bienniel Field Day virtually on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020.  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.  Please click here to view the complete recorded video of the Field Day.  This link also features shorter clips of the various topics presented and discussed.  You can also download a copy of our SVAREC 2020 Field Day Proceedings below. 

Our next Field Day will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022.  If you would like to attend this future event, please register by calling us at (540) 377-2255 or email us at

Novel Tall Fescue
Bee Friendly Beef
Bee-Friendly Beef

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


  • 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.

AREC-Shenendoah-Valley.pdf AREC Fact Sheet
SVAREC 2020 Field Day Proceedings.pdf 2020 Field Day Proceedings
SVAREC Leadership Council Minutes of Meeting October 2020.docx SVAREC Leadership Council Minutes of Meeting October 2020
Fair Raphine, VA: Fair. 48.0 F (8.7 C) 9:55 am EST
Fair Raphine, VA: Fair. 48.0 F (8.7 C) 9:55 am EST


Our 15th Annual Mill Day scheduled for October 3rd 2020 has unfortunately been canceled due to Covid.

Our 14th Annual Mill Day took place on Saturday 5th October, 2019.

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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2015 Shenandoah Valley AREC Field Day

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