According to a story on Wisconsin Ag Connection, Microgy, an Environmental Power company, is offering a free tour to Expo visitors this year. They’ll take people on a bus to the Wild Rose Dairy Methane Digester in LeFarge. The tour will be on October 6. You need to RSVP before September 30. For more information, call 715-232-6243 ext. 16.
We’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!
Are you looking for information on dairies in the southwest? Then you need one of these. You can go to Dairy Directory Publishers website or visit them at World Dairy Expo, booth 27TT in the Coliseum. They’ll be selling them there for the special Expo price of $25. Here’s how they describe it:
A first-of-its-kind directory covering the Southwest Plains with a focus on the dairy industry now is available. This glossy, 74-page directory features maps with dairy locations, pages with county-specific information, and a listing of companies and associations that provide services to the dairy industry in this area.
“Whether people are looking for a place to relocate or expand their dairies, or they’re already doing business in the Southwest Plains, they’ll find this directory an invaluable resource,” says Janet Claborn, director of economic development, Muleshoe, Texas. “The directory truly reflects the welcoming and supportive spirit that the growing dairy industry has found here in eastern New Mexico, and the Texas Panhandle and south Plains.”
We posted the results of the recent 2005 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest and one of the winners has proudly proclaimed their winnings. I just received their release from my Google News Alert.
Alto’s Colby – Jack and Mozzarella cheeses placed first in their categories. Colby – Jack made at the Black Creek cheese plant earned 99.95 points out of a possible 100, while the Mozzarella entry from Waupun merited 99.10 out of 100 possible points. A block of cheddar cheese from Alto Dairy also placed second in its class.
Within the past three years Alto Dairy’s Mozzarella has won ten major cheese awards in national and state cheese competitions. “The ongoing commitment to produce high quality milk by Alto dairy member-producers combined with a promise to deliver on excellence by Alto employees is credited to the number of cheese awards Alto earns,” said Rich Scheuerman, Alto’s CEO. “Everyone involved should feel very proud of these outstanding accomplishments.”
Alto Dairy is a member-owned cooperative of dairy producers manufacturing more than 550,000 pounds of American and Italian-style cheese per day at the company’s Waupun and Black Creek, WI facilities from a daily intake of more than five million pounds of milk. For more information, visit www.altodairy.com.
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
Put 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: (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.
As 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: www.holsteinusa.com or via phone at 800.952.5200 x 4174. Contest winner will be announced on September 27, 2005
Tuesday, 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.
The Grand Champions are:
Cheese & Butter, Fair Oaks Dairy Products, Fair Oaks, IN – Emmentaler
Grade A & Ice Cream, Louis Trauth Dairy, Newport, KY – Sour Cream
You can view a list of all the winners here.
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.
You 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.