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WVU Extension set to host dinner

WESTON — The WVU Extension Service will host a second educational dinner meeting Feb. 7. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson’s Mill near Weston.

Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. is sponsoring this program, so there is no cost with reservations that are made by Jan. 31 at the Upshur County Extension Office or by calling 304-473-4208.

The program will be management tips for beef cattle health. A good herd health program is an essential part of any farm management program.

The speaker will be Dr. Mark Alley, who joined Zoetis in March 2014 as a technical service veterinarian. Alley is a 1996 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced one year in Charleston and Madison for a 95-percent small animal practice. After leaving West Virginia, he worked in a large animal practice in Greeneville, Tennessee, for more than six years.

Alley left Tennessee to join North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine as clinical instructor in September of 2003. His primary responsibilities were teaching beef and dairy cattle production medicine to veterinary students as an ambulatory clinician. Additionally, he served as ruminant (beef, dairy, sheep, goat) extension veterinarian for North Carolina from 2006 to 2014. His primary interests are beef and dairy production medicine.

He is married to his classmate from the class of 1996 Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Audra and Mark Alley own Shiloh Animal Hospital in Morrisville, North Carolina. They have two children, Reid, 16, and Taylor, 13.