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. Following the schedule of tours this year.
Tuesday, October 4 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Kings Ransom Farm, Schuylerville, N.Y.
Highlights: 1,000 milking/Value-Added Dairying
Sponsored by: Holstein Association USA, Inc.
Wednesday, October 5 at Noon
Hosted by: Kellercrest Registered Holsteins, Inc., Mount Horeb, Wis.
Highlights: 326 milking/Cow Comfort and Environmental Stewards
Sponsored by: Vita Plus Corporation
Wednesday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Twin Brook Creamery, Lynden, Wash.
Highlights: 185 milking/Utilizing Technology
Sponsored by: Lely
Thursday, October 6 at Noon
Hosted by: Mapleline Farm, LLC, Hadley, Mass.
Highlights: 135 milking/Innovation
Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association
Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Ruby Ridge Dairy, Pasco, Wash.
Highlights: 2,300 milking/Forage Quality and Precision Feeding
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
Friday, October 7 at Noon
Hosted by: Ocooch Dairy, Hillsboro, Wis.
Highlights: 736 milking/Family Commitment
Sponsored by: Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.
Friday, October 7 at 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Forget-Me-Not Farms, Cimarron, Kan.
Highlights: 8,900 milking/Expansion
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Agriculture
Saturday, October 8 at Noon
Hosted by: Ponderovey Jerseys, Glendale, Ariz.
Highlights: 2,000 Milking/Community Partners
Sponsored by: Betaseed, Inc.
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.