Invest In Our Best Auction

Chuck Zimmerman

Invest In Our BestIf you’re looking for a good deal and a chance to help Expo’s youth activities then visit the silent auction. You can impact the future of the dairy industry by placing your bids at the World Dairy Expo Invest In Our Best Silent Auction. All auction proceeds will benefit Expo’s youth contests and programs, including national and international judging contests at the 4-H, FFA, intercollegiate and post-secondary levels.

The Invest in Our Best Silent Auction will take place during show hours on the west balcony of the Coliseum. Individuals may register and place bids daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7. The Invest in Our Best Auction will close with a live sale, conducted by Tom and Sandy Morris of Tom Morris, Ltd., at noon on Saturday. Click here (PDF) for a list of the 2005 silent auction items.

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Interview With Wallace Behnke

Chuck Zimmerman

I don’t have a picture of him but I got a chance to interview Wallace Behnke, a World Dairy Expo board member and dairy farmer of mostly registered holsteins here in Wisconsin. Wallace talks about this year’s show and the challenges Expo faces.

You can listen to my interview with Wallace here: Download MP3 File (2.7MB MP3 File)

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Balloon Problems

Chuck Zimmerman

Balloon ProblemsThe weather changed last night and it’s a little windy out today. Not a great time to be filling a balloon as these folks from Alltech are trying to do outside the Coliseum.

They’ve got helium pumping into the thing but it’s not cooperating in th wind very well. I wish them luck.

Exhibitor, World Dairy Expo

Get Your Wristbands At The Holstein Booth

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein AssociationYou may remember back on Monday I posted a picture of those hard working staff members of Holstein Association USA, Lisa and Jodie. Well they got their booth set up and looking good.

You can stop by and purchase black wrist bands that say “Live Long with Holsteins” while supporting a good cause, the Holstein Foundation. The wrist bands are $2.

Holstein Association USA is a sponsor of World Dairy Diary. Please stop by and thank them if you get a chance!

Exhibitor, Holstein Association, World Dairy Expo

Strong Second Day Attendance

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendance here at World Dairy Expo has been strong the first two days. Yesterday was almost exactly the same as day one, with over 10,000 visitors. There are now registered visitors from 71 different countries too.

The weather changed overnight. According to the Weather Channel, today’s forecast calls for Sun along with patchy clouds. Cooler. High 53F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

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From Wine Yeast To Animal Nutrition

Chuck Zimmerman

Virtus ReceptionVirtus Nutrition also held a reception this evening that started out with a fascinating wine tasting presented by Lallemand’s Bob Charley, Forage Products Manager.

This got a little complicated for my feeble brain although I really like the creative approach. You see, we tried a couple of different wines that were made from the same ingredients except for the yeast. That made a difference in a number of aspects of the wine like taste and aging.

Then we proceeded to learn about how that same yeast technology is being used in the dairy nutrition business, which is where Virtus comes in.

Make sense? For more just visit their website.

Exhibitor, World Dairy Expo

Alltech Reception Time

Chuck Zimmerman

Alltech ReceptionThe booths may be closed and most people have left for the day, but there’s still a dedicated group because it’s reception time!

The folks at Alltech somehow managed to acquire a brewery in Kentucky. How convenient when you have to host a reception. Sooo . . . we got to sample some Kentucky Ale and Kentucky Light. These are award winning brews.

Thank you Alltech and Billy Frey in particular for inviting me!

Exhibitor, World Dairy Expo

Heading Home For The Day

Chuck Zimmerman

Leaving Day 2At 5pm it’s time for most people to be heading out. They’re escaping the late evening rain that’s forecast.

This doesn’t mean it’s the end of the day for World Dairy Expo activities by a long shot.

There’s more to come.

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Backside At Ringside

Chuck Zimmerman

Backside At RingsideYou know I really hesitated to say that “here we are backside, I mean ringside,” but then again pictures speak louder than words sometimes.

As the day wears on and more and more people are hanging out in the Coliseum at ringside you get more of well, the backside of things.

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