Live From Madison, It's World Dairy Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

EntranceIt’s opening day so “Welcome To World Dairy Expo!” Here’s what you’ll see on the way in. Volunteers in yellow shirts who are all smiling and ready to greet the crowds. I came in early but the gates were already pretty active.

The buildings like the Coliseum are still not open. It’s very quiet inside as you walk by the rows of booths that are all set up and waiting for today’s visitors.

Today’s weather forecast calls for: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. A few storms may be severe. High 83F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Courtesy of the Weather Channel.

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Competition Results Tomorrow

Chuck Zimmerman

I know everyone is wondering about the results of the competition today. Those results will be available by tomorrow morning and we’ll point you to them. The results are compiled and posted on the World Dairy Expo website but I’ll make sure I get that link and provide here on World Dairy Diary as well.

It’s after 5pm now and I think I’ll close up shop here but I may find a few more pictures to show you on the way out. If so I’ll post them later from the hotel.

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Vets On Call For A Healthy Herd

Chuck Zimmerman

Expo VetsJust like us people these animals here need good health care.

They get it from people like Dr. Rick Halvorson, Whitewater Veterinary Clinic and 4th year University of Wisconsin-Madison Vet School student Nathan Dorshorst.

These guys are on call and work hard to make sure we have a “healthy herd” here at Expo.

I interviewed them and you can listen to my interview with them here: Download MP3 File (3.2MB MP3 File)

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College Competition Mooving Along

Chuck Zimmerman

College CompetitionAs I mentioned previously, these judging contestants are very focused and they have to be. There’s a lot of competition here.

Here’s Lindsay Spencer, on the University of Georgia Dairy judging team. Her Dad commented on a previous post and I was able to email him a picture of her. He couldn’t be here. Of course, that’s what World Dairy Diary is all about!!

I’ve been told that these college contestants will be at it until as late as 9pm tonight to finish giving their “reasons” for their decisions. Sounds like a long, tiring day at the Expo for these students. We wish them all luck.

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College Level Judging Competition

Chuck Zimmerman

College CompetitionIt looks like the Intercollegiate portion of the judging contest is in full swing. These young adults look very professional! I’m impressed with the suits and the attitude I’ve seen just from a distance. These will be our future leaders and it’s great to see so many young people involved in a great activity like this.

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Public Washing Permitted

Chuck Zimmerman

Calf WashingI just had to take this picture. It kind of reminds me of what I use to do to my kids. Boy would they hate it if I had pictures of that! And, no I didn’t take them out and hose them off. At least not too often. Anyway this calf is getting all cleaned up and will look fresh. Me, I’ve got to go back to the hotel to get a shower.

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A Cool Breeze In The Barns

Chuck Zimmerman

BarnIt may be a little warm and humid out but the animals are in a cooler environment than me! They’ve got big fans and mist machines and fresh straw. These barns become a “home” at Expo for not only the animals but their owners as well.

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The Weather Is Fine For Grooming

Chuck Zimmerman

GroomingI have never shown cattle but I know how much work is involved. The livestock on display here are absolutely beautiful and one reason is all the care and attention they receive. This is a very common sight today as all the animals are receiving their final groomings.

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Expo Awards

Chuck Zimmerman

AwardsI’m not sure yet what all the awards are but I’ll get it figured out. In the media room I saw these two on display. Very cool looking and colorful.

I have a friend that collects cows. Maybe she needs to come to Expo and win an award!

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