Tour The Farm At Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

Maybe you didn’t know that by visiting World Dairy Expo you can actually tour a number of different farms while you’re at the show! They’re “Virtual Farm Tours.”

Some of the most efficient dairy operations from coast to coast will be featured in World Dairy Expo’s 2005 Virtual Farm Tour program. Attendees can take advantage of touring operations from Iowa, Wisconsin, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, Kansas and Vermont without ever leaving the Expo grounds.

The tours will be presented Tuesday through Saturday in the Exhibition Hall meeting rooms. Producers will present a half-hour video or pictorial overview of their operations, featuring everything from management practices and on-farm processing to employee relations and manure management. Time for questions and answers will follow. There is no cost for these tours. Tour sponsors include: AgStar Financial Services, NutriDense/BASF Plant Science, Badgerland Farm Credit Services, Udder Tech, Inc., Cover-All Building Systems, Page & Pedersen International, Ltd., Performance Products, Inc., Mycogen Seeds, Purina Mills, LLC and Vita Plus Corporation.

Visit the World Dairy Expo website here to see the full tour schedule: Virtual Farm Tours

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Monster Milker On Monster Garage

Chuck Zimmerman

Bou Matic Monster MilkerPut a cow in one end and get chocolate and regular milk out the other. Who’d have thought it possible? With a little help from Bou-Matic it is and it’ll be on display at World Dairy Expo.

In a bit of reality TV and a lot of professional planning, design, engineering and finish welding and polish help from California Bou-Matic Dealer Turlock Dairy & Refrigeration, the entire five-day process of rebuilding a 1959 Chevrolet milk truck into a mobile milking parlor and the successful conclusion of milking a cow was chronicled on tape.
This is all being done for the Discovery Channel show Monster Garage.

The Monster Milker will be featured in the show that airs at 8pm Central time on October 3rd, the day before Expo. I interviewed Bou-Matic’s Mark Clarke, product manager, who was on the design team for the truck. You can listen to my interview with Mark here: Download MP3 File (MP3 File 5MB)

Mark describes how the project came about, the team and how they worked to create the design the show wanted and how his company is using it in its promotional efforts.

Exhibitor, Milk

Guess The Holstein Member of the Day And Win

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein Association USAAs we get closer to World Dairy Expo the excitement is building. Take this contest being run by Holstein Association USA. You can meet each of the Holstein Association’s members of the day in their booth at Expo between 11am and 2pm.

Think you can guess who each Holstein Association Member of the Day is? Use the clues below (also available on the Holstein Association website) and enter your guess for a chance to win a free Holstein Association jacket! Contest starts on September 16 and ends on September 26. Entries can be submitted on the Holstein Association website: or via phone at 800.952.5200 x 4174. Contest winner will be announced on September 27, 2005

QuestionTuesday, October 4: This young couple from Wisconsin both graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their homebred animal was named Junior Champion at the 1999 World Dairy Expo. “Registered Holsteins give our farm more opportunity in almost every arena – milk production, longevity, merchandising and marketing,” said Tuesday’s mystery member. Their farm is only a stone’s throw away from becoming internationally recognized for excellent Registered Holsteins.

Wednesday, October 5: This couple from Minnesota were the 2003 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders. They have successful grown their Registered Holstein herd in less than 15 years. “Through our experience with Registered Holsteins, we have been able to establish a great herd of cows. Quality milk and more income comes from breeding quality udders, feet, and legs,” said Wednesday’s mystery member.

Thursday, October 6: This breeder from California has bred 75 cows with over 200,000 pounds of lifetime milk, 16 plus proven sires and has been named the California State Black & White Show Premier Breeder for eight consecutive years. He also will be named the 2005 World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year. “Registered Holsteins give me a never ending challenge to breed that extra special animal, and the opportunity to meet like minded people from all over the world – all while generating additional income on top of my milk check.” said Thursday’s mystery member.

Friday, October 7: This family farm from New York milks over 900 cows and is operated by five partners from three generations. They recently had one of their cows reach a TPI of 1773 and with a BAA of 103.5 rank second in their herd size. “At $8 to own a Registered Holstein, we can instill a sense of pride in ourselves and our employees making each day more exciting and challenging,” said Friday’s mystery member. This family operation doesn’t rely on coin tosses when making mating decisions, they only use Registered Holsteins.

Saturday, October 8: This couple from Wisconsin is the breeder of one of the most well-known and beloved cows of the past decade. They are third-generation Registered Holstein breeders. “With Registered Holsteins, it’s reassuring to know we don’t have to rely solely on milk prices for our livelihood,” said Saturday’s mystery member. Having a strong Registered Holstein background has helped this couple to infuse a little elegance into the Holstein breed.

Exhibitor, Holstein Association

Learn About Dairy In Kenya

Chuck Zimmerman

Having done a fair amount of international travel I always find it interesting to see what people are doing in other countries. Take this story in the Tomah Journal, “Kenyan dairy farmer learns about genetics and embryo tranfer.” It’s a great read about this dairy farmer who’s visiting the United States to learn more. He hopes to visit World Dairy Expo while he’s here! I hope he gets the chance.

In the article you can get a little bit of insight into what it’s like to farm in Kenya and what some of their challenges are.


Alice In Dairyland Teaching Health

Chuck Zimmerman

Building A Healthy WisconsinYou met this year’s Alice in Dairyland earlier on World Dairy Diary and I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more from her. For example this story:

Gena Cooper — Wisconsin’s 58th Alice in Dairyland — and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) will visit Wisconsin schools this year to lead the new Building a Healthy Wisconsin interactive classroom lesson. The session highlights the impact of agriculture to the state and agricultural products’ contribution to a healthy diet. It is a cooperative project of the WMMB and the state Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP).

Lively activities teach that the state’s agriculture industry, especially dairy farming, is vital to both the economic and nutritional health of Wisconsinites. This year’s educational tour will visit fourth grade classrooms in the state’s largest cities; Wausau, Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Green Bay, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Madison, and Milwaukee.

Last year’s program Champion Choices from Wisconsin reached 10,000 Wisconsin fourth graders in 246 classrooms.


Dairy Industry Has $47 Billion Impact In California

Chuck Zimmerman

California Milk Advisory BoardSome interesting new facts and figures came out today from California.

California’s dairy business generated $47.4 billion in economic activity within California in 2004 and created 434,200 full-time jobs, according to a study released today by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB).

The economic study underscores the dynamic growth that the California dairy industry, the largest in the country, has enjoyed in recent years and assesses all aspects of the state’s dairy business, from the production of milk and dairy products to retail and foodservice sales. The study was conducted for the CMAB by J/D/G Consulting Inc., an independent dairy industry research firm based in Florida, and updates a 2002 study that placed the industry’s economic impact on the state at $35.1 billion.

“In terms of economic impact, California’s dairy business is one of the largest agriculture forces in the state,” said Stan G. Andre, Chief Executive Officer of the CMAB. “California dairy families are creating jobs and revenues throughout California communities. Based on milk sales within the state, each dollar in farm milk sales generates eight dollars in local economic activity, benefiting a range of Californians — from those growing feed to those working in cheese plants and supermarkets,” Andre said.

According to the study, California has 2,107 dairy farms with 1.7 million dairy cows that are supplying milk to 139 dairy plants in the state producing cheese, fluid milk, ice cream, butter and other dairy products.


Working On A New Design

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello World Dairy Expo fans. We’re in the process of creating a new design for World Dairy Diary. By the end of the weekend we should have it up and running like we want so don’t go away. We hope you’ll like what you see.


Check Out The Latest Expo Schedule

Chuck Zimmerman

Just in case you don’t have the latest schedule here it is:

World Dairy Expo’s Dairy Cattle Exhibitors Committee and Board of Directors have approved a new schedule for the 2005 event to accommodate the growing number of animals exhibited at the world’s premier show.

World Dairy Expo 2005 Schedule

Trade Show Hours remain unchanged:
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4th
7:30 a.m. International Junior Holstein Show
8:00 a.m. Central National Ayrshire Show
1:00 p.m. Central National Jersey Show (bulls & heifers)

Wednesday, October 5th
7:30 a.m. Central National Jersey Show (cows and groups)
1:30 p.m. International Milking Shorthorn Show
Central National Brown Swiss Show (bulls and heifers)
4:00 p.m. Top of the World Jersey Sale
7:00 p.m. World Ayrshire Event Sale

Thursday, October 6th
8:00 a.m. Central National Brown Swiss Show (cows and groups)
1:30 p.m. National Guernsey Show – Madison (heifers)
Grand International Red & White Show (bulls and heifers)

2:00 p.m. Brown Swiss Premier Showcase Sale
7:00 p.m. International Guernsey Classic Sale

Friday, October 7th
7:30 a.m. National Guernsey Show – Madison (cows and groups)
Grand International Red & White Show (cows and groups)

12:00 noon International Holstein Show (heifers)
7:00 p.m. World Classic ’05 Holstein Sale

Saturday, October 8th
7:30 a.m. International Holstein Show (bulls, cows, groups)
5:30 p.m. Parade of Champions and Selection of 2005 Supreme Champions

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Learn About The Small Swiss Cheese Manufacturers

Chuck Zimmerman

While on the recent International Federation of Agricultural Journalists trip to Switzerland I got to interview Anton Schmutz, the director of Fromarte, the Swiss organization of small cheese manufacturers.

Anton says that the cheese made by his members is very different than most since it’s done using only natural ingredients and mostly hand processed. I do like the way he says “Le Gruyere.”

You can listen to my interview with Anton here: Download MP3 File