Four outstanding Virginia livestock industry leaders are being inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame this October. Their portraits will be permanently displayed in the gallery at the Virginia Tech Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena in Blacksburg along with 72 others who have been inducted since 2010.

In a special public ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Virginia Tech Alphin-Stuart Livestock arena, the inductees will be honored for their contributions to the industry.

Nominees for the livestock hall of fame award come through the member state commodity organizations, namely The Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, The Virginia State Dairymen’s Association, the Virginia Pork Council, the Virginia Horse Council, and the Virginia Sheep Producers Association.

The late John Sponaugle was an exceptional leader, serving two terms as a director before becoming president of the National Suffolk Sheep Association. He was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame. He was actively involved in the Virginia Sheep Producers Association, Virginia Performance Ram Test, and the Eastern Stud Ram Sale. He created the Virginia Junior Sheep Breeders Association.

The late Sally Lamb was an esteemed equestrian instructor and horse industry advocate who had a profound and lasting impact on many lives in Virginia. She was the founder of the “Four Horseshoes Youth Foundation,” an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for equine experiences and horseback riding for underprivileged youth.

Walter McClure is a Franklin County native and 1960 Virginia Tech graduate and has been involved in leadership positions in the dairy industry his entire career, serving as a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent and for 25 years in the artificial intelligence industry involving both dairy and beef genetics. He established Windswept Holsteins in 1970 and bred cattle known worldwide with more than 40 bulls used in AI.

Ed Metcalf has left a lasting impact on the Virginia cattle industry. For 27 years, he served as the owner-operator of the Lynchburg Livestock Market. Under his management, Lynchburg became the first market to offer a state-graded weekly auction of cattle. His dedication, leadership, and character set a high standard for all cattlemen.

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