Oct. 2 2013 11:02 AM

Along with valuable information and products, the trade show offers a wide variety of freebies to Expo attendees.

The World Dairy Expo trade show attracts members of the dairy community from all across the globe and offers exhibitors a chance to show off their latest and greatest products. Among the cutting edge technologies and useful information, there is also some free swag for Expo attendees. I have ventured through numerous trade show booths to share my top freebie picks with you.

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A few of the freebies at World Dairy Expo.

First, you need a bag for all of your loot. Many booths give away plastic or reusable bags for you to carry your freebies and informational materials. Accelerated Genetics (AL 191-193; EH 3601-3702) and DuPont Pioneer (EH 2407-2509) offer high quality bags with plenty of room. They can definitely serve other purposes post-Expo. Another quality bag, and hot commodity at the trade show, is the lime green pull-string backpack from Vi-COR (EH 2417-2518).

You can continue to accessorize with some clothing giveaways. Cargill (EH 3401-3502) and Boehringer Ingelheim (EH 2806-2909) are handing out t-shirts promoting their brands. Bayer Animal Health (EH 4215) helps you prepare for the upcoming colder months with some gloves.

Among the expected (and much appreciated) pens and pads of paper, there are also some unique freebies. In addition to their t-shirt, Boehringer Ingelheim offers attendees posters of their attractive BOVIKALC ad, featuring either a Holstein or Jersey cow. Winfield Solutions (EH 4412-4414) is giving away a handy alfalfa hoop to producers and a pennant that can be colored, for any kid or kid at heart. For sports fans, or GEA (EH 2001-2307, 4313-4316, 4601-4603) fans, stop by their booth for a "Get Dipped!" foam finger.

If you get a chance to stop by the Hoard's Dairyman booth (AL 213-217; EH 4327-4328), signing up for our free weekly E-Newsletter, Hoard's Dairyman Intel, will score you a Hoard's pizza cutter. Additionally, a Hoard's Dairyman calendar can be yours by registering for a subscription.

Be sure to use our World Dairy Expo Supplement exhibitor list and map to locate these booths and walk away with valuable information, new products and of course, awesome freebies.

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The author is the 25th Hoard's Dairyman editorial intern. She will be a senior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, Taylor is majoring in dairy science with an agricultural communications minor. Pires grew up on a 500-cow dairy in Merced County, Calif.