For the past 15 year, World Dairy Expo has virtually brought the best dairy operations in North America to Madison, Wisconsin. The eight dairies selected this year for the Virtual Farm Tours are no exception, highlighting topics ranging from technology and genetics to strong community ties and cow comfort. These virtual outings include a visual presentation led by the farm’s owner or manager, with time for questions and an open discussion to follow. Tours are presented daily during World Dairy Expo, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall.
This year’s schedule is:
Tuesday, October 2 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: MasCow, Moscow, Kansas
Highlights: 3,500 milking/Youth Training
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Agriculture
Wednesday, October 3 at 12 p.m.
Hosted by: Blue Star Dairy Farms, DeForest, Wisconsin
Highlights: 2,600 milking/Family-Run, Multi-Site Farm
Sponsored by: Compeer Financial
Wednesday, October 3 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: VanderMade Dairy and FreshMade Dairy, Sherwood, Ohio
Highlights: 2,180 milking/Cow Comfort and Longevity
Sponsored by: Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC
Thursday, October 4 at 12 p.m.
Hosted by: Young’s Jersey Dairy Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Highlights: 35 milking/Value-Added Products and Agri-Tourism
Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association
Thursday, October 4 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Selz-Pralle Dairy, Humbird, Wisconsin
Highlights: 450 milking/Genetics and Production
Sponsored by: Mycogen Seeds
Friday, October 5 at 12 p.m.
Hosted by: Rocky Creek Dairy, Olin, North Carolina
Highlights: 1,240 milking/Milk Quality
Sponsored by: NC Dairy Advantage
Friday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: McCarty Family Farms, LLC, Colby, Kansas
Highlights: 12,000 milking/Non-GMO Ration
Sponsored by: QLF
Saturday, October 6 at 12 p.m.
Hosted by: Benthem Brothers Inc., McBain, Michigan
Highlights: 2,700 milking/Rotary Parlor
Sponsored by: Waikato Milking Systems
Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, will return to Madison for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show, and more will be on display.