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From cows to tech, World Dairy Expo shows off industry’s best

Slideshow: Farm Progress editors share scenes from the 2022 World Dairy Expo.

Mindy Ward

October 11, 2022

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Youth showing Dairy cows at the World Dairy Expo

An estimated 60,000 dairy devotees converged on Madison, Wis., to celebrate the latest innovations and top cattle at the 55th World Dairy Expo.

During the six-day event, Oct. 2-7, visitors walked the trade show, attended educational seminars and watched world-class dairy cattle in the show ring. A few exhibitors even made a little history.

Nearly 440 animals competed in the International Jersey Show alone. Vierra Dairy Farms of Hilmar, Calif., became the only farm to ever exhibit the grand champion, reserve grand champion and honorable mention grand champion female for the show. To top it off, this was the third consecutive year Vierra Dairy Farms won the Jersey grand champion female and reserve grand champion female at World Dairy Expo.

Then there was Valley Gem Atlas Malt-ET, the winning 6-year-old and older cow, who took home the honor of grand champion female, senior champion female, best bred and owned animal, and best uddered cow at the International Guernsey Show. Exhibited by Valley Gem Farms of Cumberland, Wis., this was her third consecutive year claiming grand and senior champion female honors.

Farm Progress editors Fran O’Leary, Wisconsin Agriculturist; Chris Torres, American Agriculturist; and Paula Mohr, The Farmer, took in the entire event, from the trade show to educational seminars. They share some of the scenes of the 2022 World Dairy Expo in the accompanying slideshow. You will find stories from the event throughout the year in the pages of Farm Progress and Farm Press publications.

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About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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