Seeking Dairy Leader In China

Chuck Zimmerman

It sounds like dairies in China are getting more organized. In a story I found today on China Daily, the Mengniu Dairy is looking for a president by doing an international search. Interested? If so the story says you’ll need to have “at least two of the following requirements: a master’s degree, 15-years work experience in the dairy industry, or a good understanding of the international market.” The deadline to apply is October 31. Apparently it’s very unusual for a China company like this to actively seek out a foreign person as it’s leader.

The story says the company has the goal of becoming one of the top 20 dairy companies in the world by the year 2010.


Expo Dates To 2016

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s getting closer to showtime but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year, and the year after that, and . . . the dates are already set way out to 2016! How many of you plan that far out? Me, I’m just looking forward to packing for a week in Madison. I just found out about where I’ll be set up. I’m going to have my own little office with my own high speed internet access line and we’ll see how much information I can bring you during the coming several weeks.

How many of you use Google or Yahoo? Sometimes it’s interesting to see what comes up when you search for yourself. I just searched for “World Dairy Diary” and Google came up with 667 returns and Yahoo with 1,870. A few months ago there were none. I promise there will be a lot more by the end of the show!

Future Dates
2006, October 3-7
2007, October 2-6
2008, September 30-October 4
2009, September 29-October 3
2010, September 28-October 2
2011, October 4-8
2012, October 2-6
2013, October 1-5
2014, September 30-October 4
2015, September 29-October 3
2016, October 4-8


Holstein Association Members of the Day

Chuck Zimmerman

ButtlesLynnette and Andy Buttles are the 2004 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders and the first Holstein Association 2005 World Dairy Expo, “Members of the day.” You can read all about them on the Holstein Association website and meet them in person at the Association booth at Expo.

You can learn more about Holstein Association USA by listening to my interview with Lisa Perrin, Communications Manager. Lisa talks about the organization and what visitors will find when they visit at their booth at Expo.

You can listen to my interview with Lisa here: Download MP3 File (2.6MB MP3 File)

Holstein Association

What Do You Want To See?

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s the week before World Dairy Expo! Pretty soon thousands of people will be flocking to Madison to see the greatest dairy show in the world. I’ll be one of them and like many of you it will be my first trip. I’m hoping that I can be your eyes and ears over the next couple weeks as the show unfolds.

Some of the things you can look forward to will be lots of pictures and posts about the activities taking place each day. I’ll also be conducting interviews and providing other audio as it becomes available.

Please feel free to comment on what you see here or email me if you’ve got questions or ideas. What do you want to see on World Dairy Diary? I’ll try my best to get it for you.


Meet The Marketing Manager

Chuck Zimmerman

Chuck & Lisa BehnkeHave you ever wondered how information about the World Dairy Expo gets out to the public? It’s all the work of Lisa Behnke, Marketing Manager (pictured to the right of yours truly). She’s hard at work now getting ready for all the media representatives who will be covering Expo. Of course she also does other things and I think you’ll be able to tell from my interview with her that she’s proud of World Dairy Expo and committed to making it even better.

You can listen to my interview with Lisa here: Download MP3 File (MP3 File 5MB)

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New Holstein Association Classifiers

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein Association USAThere are some new classifiers at the Holstein Association.

Holstein Association USA, Inc. welcomes two new employees to their Classification team.

Jim Meyer, Peotone, Ill., has a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science from the University of Illinois.
Brian Kelroy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science.

“We are delighted to add classification staff with the background and ability that Jim and Brian bring to the team,” said Dan Meihak, Holstein Association USA, Inc. Executive Director, Herd Advancement Services.

Holstein Association

Shop Till You Drop At The Purple Cow

Chuck Zimmerman

Purple Cow Gift ShopDid I mention that there’s a gift shop at World Dairy Expo? Yep. So bring your shopping list.

The Purple Cow Gift Shop, World Dairy Expo’s one-and-only official gift shop, is seasonal and only open during the show. During the week of the show you’ll be able to shop and browse from the largest selection of cow related items that you’ll ever find. Whether shopping for yourself or the hard-to-buy for person on your gift list, the Purple Cow Gift Shop is sure to have something for all cow lovers from infants to grandparents. Also available only at the Purple Cow are the 2005 collector pins, milk bottles, mugs and hats.

Located on the north end of the Exhibition Hall lobby, the Purple Cow will be open from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

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Auction At Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

Winconsin Dairy Products AssociationThe Wisconsin Dairy Products Association just announced it’s World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Products Contest Auction which will be held on October 4.

The World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest will hold an auction of all first place winners on Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 5:00 pm, Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI. There will be 23 first place contest entries up for bid, as follows:
Cheddar, Land O’Lakes, Kiel, WI
Aged Cheddar, Land O’Lakes, Kiel, WI
Colby Jack, Alto Dairy, Waupun, WI
LMPS Mozzarella, Alto Dairy, Waupun, WI
String Cheese, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo, WI
Provolone, Dairy Farmers of America, Turlock, CA
Black River Blue Cheese, North Hendren Co-op Dairy, Willard, WI
Morel & Leek Jack, Meister Cheese, Muscoda, WI
Horseradish Flavor Cold Pack, Pine River Pre Pack, Newton, WI
PP Colored American Cheese, AMPI, Portage, WI
Cream Cheese, Swiss Valley Farms, Luana, IA
Braun Suisse Brick, Chalet Cheese/Deppeler Factory, Monroe, WI
Stravecchio Parmesan, The Antigo Cheese Co., Antigo, WI
Lemonweir Gold, Natural Valley Cheese, Hustler, WI
Cabot Salted Butter, Cabot Creamery Co-op, Montpelier, VT
Unsalted Butter, O-AT-KA Milk Products, Batavia, NY
Strawberry FOB Lowfat Yogurt, Dean Foods, Richland Center, WI
Blueberry Lowfat Yogurt, Swiss Valley Farms, Cedar Rapids, IA
Large Curd Cottage Cheese, Louis Trauth Dairy, Newport, KY
Vanilla Ice Cream, Gifford’s Ice Cream, Skowhegan, ME
Chocolate Ice Cream, Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, Shelby Two, MI

Cheese & Butter
Fair Oaks Dairy Products,
Fair Oaks, IN

Grade A & Ice Cream
Louis Trauth Dairy
Newport, KY
Sour Cream

The October 4 event will begin at 5:00 pm with a reception featuring a cheese fondue and special foods and pastries created by the MATC Culinary School utilizing the 2nd & 3rd place (cheese and butter classes) winners of the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest. Free beer and a cash bar will also be offered. At 6:30pm the auction will commence with Mr. Doug Wilson, Cooperative Resources International, serving as the featured auctioneer. All successful bidders will receive the product they bid on, plus a commemorative keepsake for their participation. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Professional Dairy Producers of WI (PDPW) to support their efforts to assist current and beginning producers achieve success in dairy farming. The proceeds will also be used to help defray contest expenses.


Welcome Qualisoy To World Dairy Diary

Chuck Zimmerman

QualisoyWe’d like to welcome our newest supporter to the offical weblog of the World Dairy Expo. Qualisoy is helping make this online diary of information about the Expo possible. Qualisoy is “a collaborative effort among the soybean industry to develop healthier soybeans and soy oil, reduce environmental impacts of livestock production through improved soybean meal, and improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. soybean industry.”

We look forward to learning more about Qualisoy in the days ahead and seeing them at Expo!