2016 World Dairy Expo

Published on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:59pm

Take a Peek at this Year’s Show
 Recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo attracts more than 70,000 attendees from over 90 countries to Madison, Wisconsin, each year. The annual event will take place Oct. 4-8, 2016, with the theme of “Celebrate 50!” to commemorate its golden anniversary. Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WDExpo or #Celebrate50) for more information. Here are a few highlights to look forward to at this year’s show.

Anniversary Painting
As the official kick-off to the 50th Anniversary of World Dairy Expo, ® a commemorative painting was unveiled on Tuesday, June 14, at the Summer Board Meeting and Friends of Expo Volunteer Picnic, hosted by Vita Plus Corporation. The painting was completed by artist Larry Schultz, of Sunny Beach Farm Studio.
Schultz was approached four years ago about creating a painting for the Expo’s 50th Anniversary. He was able to capture an image that combines all facets of Expo — spanning the five-decade history and showcasing iconic moments, animals and people.
“We really wanted to include as many elements of Expo as possible,” Schultz said. “The cows, the famous globe — that and the Coliseum itself are almost a lifelong thing. We wanted to also incorporate commercial (elements); we tried to touch everything. Together, we put quite a bit of thought into it. We wanted to show the whole entire experience.”
Prints can be ordered from the 50th Anniversary page on the World Dairy Expo website at worlddairyexpo.com. Paper prints are available in three sizes, including 8"x10", 16"x20" and 18"x24". Additionally, a canvas wrap is available in 16"x11".
While the focus of the afternoon was the unveiling of the painting, the picnic included other highlights. The Board of Directors held its summer meeting, where two new board members were introduced. Randy Geiger and David Cooper were seated on the board and will represent Lakeshore Federated Dairy Cooperative and National Milk Producers Federation. Geiger owns a herd of Registered Holsteins near Reedsville, Wisconsin with his wife, Rosalie. Cooper serves as the General Manager for FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative based in Madison, Wisconsin. The picnic was attended by a record number of board members and volunteers and featured plant tours of Vita Plus Corporation.


Virtual Farm Tours Highlight Exceptional Dairy Operations
For more than 15 years, the World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have been bringing the best dairy operations in North America to attendees at the Alliant Energy Center. This year is no exception featuring dairies that have value-added products, focus on cow comfort, utilize technology, are innovative, produce quality forages, are a family commitment, are expanding and are community partners.
These free tours include a half-hour visual presentation of the operation by the owners or herd managers with time for questions and discussion afterwards. Tours are presented daily, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota 1 meeting room in the Exhibition Hall. All presentations will be available for viewing after the show on the Expo website.
American Jersey Cattle Association, Betaseed, Inc., DuPont Pioneer, Holstein Association USA, Inc., Kansas Department of Agriculture, Lely, Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc. and Vita Plus Corporation are sponsors of the 2016 Virtual Farm Tours.

Tuesday, October 4, 2 p.m.
Hosted by:
Kings Ransom Farm, Schuylerville, New York
1,000 milking/Value-Added Dairying
Sponsored by:
Holstein Association USA, Inc.

Wednesday, October 5, Noon
Hosted by:
Kellercrest Registered Holsteins, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
326 milking/Cow Comfort and Environmental Stewards
Sponsored by:
Vita Plus Corporation

Wednesday, October 5, 2 p.m.
Hosted by:
Twin Brook Creamery, Lynden, Washington
185 milking/Utilizing Technology
Sponsored by:

Thursday, October 6, Noon
Hosted by:
Mapleline Farm, LLC, Hadley, Massachusetts
135 milking/Innovation
Sponsored by:
American Jersey Cattle Association
Thursday, October 6, 2 p.m.
Hosted by:
Ruby Ridge Dairy, Pasco, Washington
2,300 milking/Forage Quality 
and Precision Feeding
Sponsored by:
DuPont Pioneer

Friday, October 7, Noon
Hosted by:
Ocooch Dairy, Hillsboro, Wisconsin
736 milking/Family Commitment
Sponsored by:
Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.

Friday, October 7 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by:
Forget-Me-Not Farms, Cimarron, Kansas
8,900 milking/Expansion
Sponsored by:
Kansas Department of Agriculture

Saturday, October 8 at Noon
Hosted by:
Ponderovey Jerseys, Glendale, Arizona
2,000 Milking/Community Partners
Sponsored by:
Betaseed, Inc.


2016 Schedule of Events
(AR) = Arena Building
(C) = Coliseum
(EH) = Exhibition Hall
(SP) = Estrumate Sale Pavilion
(P1) = New Holland Pavilion 1

Daily: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Commercial Exhibits Open
7:00 AM — 7:00 PM
World Dairy Expo 50th Anniversary Historical Display (P1 Mezzanine)
10:00 AM — 2:00 PM
Expo Bistro Open (EH)
10:00 AM & 3:00 PM
Dairy Happy Hour (P1) CLARIFIDE Attendee Lounge

8:00 AM: National 4—H, National Intercollegiate & International 
Post—Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contests (C)
3:00 PM: Purple Cow Gift Shop Open (EH)
7:30 PM: National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Banquet (EH)
8:00 PM: National Intercollegiate and International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Banquet (EH)

7:15 a.m.: International Junior Holstein Show (C)
7:30 a.m.: International Guernsey Show (C)
8:00 a.m.: World Dairy Expo 50th Anniversary Opening Ceremony
Central National FFA Judging Contest & Events (SP)
1:00 p.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
2:00 p.m.: Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
3:00 p.m.: International Jersey Show – Heifers (C)
International Milking Shorthorn Show – Heifers (C)
5:00 p.m.: Commercial Exhibitor Party (EH): 7:00 p.m.
International Guernsey Classic Sale (SP)

7:30 a.m.: International Jersey Show – Cows/Groups (C)
10:00 a.m.: Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
11:00 a.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
12:00 p.m.: Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
12:30 p.m.: International Milking Shorthorn Show — Cows/Groups (C)
1:00 p.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
1:30 p.m.: Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
2:00 p.m.: International Brown Swiss Show — Heifers (C)
Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
5:00 p.m.: 50th Anniversary Open House, Hosted by World Dairy Expo (EH)
7:00 p.m.: Top of the World Jersey Sale (SP)

7:30 a.m.: International Brown Swiss Show — Cows/Groups (C)
10:00 a.m.: Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
11:00 a.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
12:00 p.m.: Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
1:00 p.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
1:30 p.m.: International Ayrshire Show — Heifers (C)
International Red & White Show — Heifers (C)
Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
2:00 p.m.: Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
World Premier Brown Swiss Sale (SP)
Following Brown Swiss Sale: World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale (SP)
6:00 p.m.: World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest (C)

7:30 a.m.: International Red & White Show — Cows/Groups (C)
International Ayrshire Show — Cows/Groups (C)
10:00 a.m.: Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
11:00 a.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
12:00 p.m.: International Holstein Show — Heifers (C)
Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
1:00 p.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
1:30 p.m.: Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
2:00 p.m.: Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
World Ayrshire Event Sale (SP)
5:00 p.m.: International Reception (EH)
7:00 p.m.: World Classic ‘16 Holstein Sale (C)
8:00 p.m.: Expo in the Evening (SP)

7:30 a.m.: International Holstein Show 
— Cows/Groups (C)
10:00 a.m.: Dairy Forage Seminar Stage (AR)
11:00 a.m.: Expo Seminar (EH)
12:00 p.m.: Virtual Farm Tour (EH)
5:00 p.m.: Parade of Champions and Selection of the 2016 Supreme Champion (C)
6:00 p.m.: World Dairy Expo 2016 Closes

International Futurity Classes will take place immediately following the Senior Two-Year-Old class in each breed show. An overall and reserve overall futurity champion will be selected immediately following the Holstein Futurity Class on Saturday afternoon, October 8.
Schedule subject to change. Visit worlddairyexpo.com for current schedule information and details.