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SPGCA 16th Annual Field Day 2024

Friday, September 20, 2024 at 12:00pm -
Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 8:00pm


Register for the 2024 Field Day

SPGCA Cattle Consignment Form

Vendor Registration Form

SPGCA Field Day Agenda

Field Day Location:

Windy Acres Farm
2853 Spring Grove Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522


Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands educator, consultant, and writer providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the US
and internationally through American Grazing Lands Services LLC. LLC. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho and works with numerous ranchers using both irrigated pastures and native rangeland as well as working with livestock farmers in high natural rainfall environments. His past experience includes over 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri. The University of Missouri-Forage Systems Research Center rose to national prominence as a result of his research leadership. His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provided foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas is professor in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. Dr. Thomas is a Missouri native and University of Missouri alumnus, having earned his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences in 2017. Dr. Thomas maintains an active applied research and teaching appointment focused on the management of forage-livestock systems. He coordinates the breeding program for research herds across the University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, and he served as the State Cow-Calf Extension Specialist and program advisor to the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program until 2023. The primary research focus of the Thomas lab is reproductive management, with expertise in areas such as heifer selection and development, synchronization of the estrous cycle, timed artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and sex-selection technologies. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is a collaborating faculty member in the University of Missouri Center for Regenerative Agriculture, contributing to interdisciplinary research and outreach efforts in the sustainable management of beef cattle productions systems.


Appomattox Inn and Suites
447 Old Courthouse Road
Appomattox, VA 24522
434-664-2018, call directly to book under block, Rooms held until 8/29
(This is closest at about 10 minutes from site and our suggestion unless someone prefers to be closer to a larger area with more retail shops/dining which is Lynchburg)

Comfort Inn and Suites
15001 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-266-1111, call to book, rooms held until 8/21

LaQuinta Inns & Suites
3320 Candler's Mountain Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-847-8655, call directly, rooms held until 8/19

Local & Area Attractions
Appomattox, VA
• Appomattox Court House Nat'l Historical Park
• Museum of the Confederacy These are highly encouraged for the history lover or if time permits!
• Holliday Lake and James River State Parks
• Clover Hill Living History Village https://www.appomattoxhistoric...

Lynchburg, VA-(20-30 Minutes from Appomattox)
• Liberty University, University of Lynchburg, Randolph College
• Blackwater Creek Trail
• River Ridge Mall for retail shopping and youth attractions like Seaquest and Bounce About
• Jump Trampoline Park
• Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
• Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center
• Downtown- recent revitalization efforts have this area thriving- many locally owned shops and dining options, river walk

Farmville, VA (30 minutes from Appomattox)
• High Bridge Trail- rails to trails biking/walking/scenic bridge
• Green Front Furniture Warehouses
• Longwood University and Hampden Sydney College
• Sandy River Outdoor Adventures https://www.sandyriveroutdoora...

Bedford, VA
• The National D-Day Memorial
• Blue Ridge Parkway, Peaks of Otter Hiking and Lodge;

Within 1.5 hours of field day site are Richmond, Charlottesville, and Roanoke
All bigger than Lynchburg and offer more attractions. Another fun thing is Virginia's LOVE signs- One of our tourism slogans is "Virginia is for lovers" and LOVE signs have popped up all over for photo ops and in all of the above towns- made from items that represent the area.
• Jamestown settlement is 2.5 hours east.
• Closest beach is VA Beach, 3.5 hours east

Large amusement attractions in VA are:
Busch Gardens/Water Country (2.5 hours east)
• Kings Dominion (2 hours east)
• Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park, Williamsburg (2.5 hours)