Dairy cattle producers and industry enthusiasts will be visiting the 49th annual World Dairy Expo Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Madison. More than 70,000 visitors from 90 countries are expected to experience the "Dairy in Our DNA" event.
"World Dairy Expo serves as a place for dairy producers, enthusiasts, companies and organizations to come together to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology that will help bring further value to their business," says Kristin Olson, World Dairy Expo media relations manager.
According to Olson, producers attend Expo for a variety of reasons.
"Consistent feedback from surveys conducted at World Dairy Expo shows that dairy producers attend year after year to watch the best cattle in North America parade across the colored shavings and to learn about the cutting edge technology and latest dairy equipment on display in the trade show," she says.
More than 835 exhibiting companies from 24 countries and 44 U.S. states will be unveiling their newest products and services at this year's show. The huge Expo trade show offers a wide array of modern dairy farm equipment and products in the Outdoor Trade Mall, Arena, Coliseum, New Holland Trade Center and Exhibition Hall. Everything from robotic milking systems to large TMR mixers and computerized cow health monitoring systems will be on display.
All about cows
World Dairy Expo features ?ve full days of world-class cattle competition among North America's top dairy breeders. More than 1,200 exhibitors will exhibit 2,500 head of dairy cattle. Seven national and international breed shows will culminate with the crowning of World Dairy Expo's 2015 Supreme Champion on Saturday, Oct. 3. Five breed sales featuring top-shelf genetics will take place on the grounds during the week.
At the World Dairy Expo trade show, attendees can have a global adventure with the newest technologies, products and services up and down every aisle. Exhibitors will present the world's largest dairy-focused trade show, showcasing everything needed to manage a herd of dairy cows.
World Dairy Expo offers free daily seminars on dairy management and other industry issues. These programs will offer visitors technical expertise to help them stay knowledgeable and competitive in the global marketplace.
Forage experts will share valuable information at free daily seminars on the dairy forage seminar stage.
Virtual Farm Tours allow attendees to explore a variety of successful dairy operations from across North America without leaving the expo site. Each free half-hour visual presentation, led by dairy producers, is followed by a question-and-answer session. Attendees can tour these farms and learn about them face to face, producer to producer.
World Dairy Expo also hosts numerous competitions, including national and international judging and skills contests at the 4-H, FFA, intercollegiate and postsecondary levels.
In addition, winners of the 2015World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Products Contest will be honored on opening day, and winning forage samples from the 2015 World Forage Analysis Superbowl will be on display throughout the week.
Hours for World Dairy Expo are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Daily admission is $10 per person, and season passes are $30 per person. Parking is free.
For more information, call 608-224-6455, email [email protected] or visit www.worlddairyexpo.com.