World Dairy Expo Awarded Animal ID Project Grant

Chuck Zimmerman

Wisconsin Livestock Identification ConsortiumThe Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium has awarded a grant to the World Dairy Expo and AgSource/CRI to advance animal identification efforts in Wisconsin. According to WLIC, ” An animal movement reporting pilot project, by AgSource/CRI and World Dairy Expo, will develop a system that will facilitate the recording and reporting of animals, from WI and other states, to World Dairy Expo and the Dane County Fair.”

All projects will provide premises and animal ID data to the WLIC system. WLIC feels strongly that initiating animal ID pilot projects will help address specific questions producers and industry have in implementing a national animal ID program. Regional and species differences require different approaches. By adhering to national standards compatibility will be maintained.


Meet The General Manager

Chuck Zimmerman

World Dairy ExpoIn case you’ve never met Tom McKittrick, the man who manages the World Dairy Expo, now you can hear him! Chuck interviewed Tom recently at the World Dairy Expo headquarters. Tom talks about what the mission and purpose of Expo and it’s structure.

You can hear my interview with Tom here Download MP3 File


Trips To World Dairy Expo Being Organized

Chuck Zimmerman

Cornell UniversityI don’t know how many trips like the one being organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County there are but they sure sound like fun. If you are in the St. Lawrence County area you can find details on their trip here: World Dairy Expo Bus Trip (pdf file)

Anyone else organizing a trip to World Dairy Expo? If so, email us here and we’ll try to get the information posted. Email World Dairy Diary


Maryland Girl Dreams of Top Ratings At World Dairy Expo

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the kind of story about the dairy industry you want to see more of. In the Herald-Mail Online, they recently ran a story about Hannah Smith, Sharpsburg, MD, who hopes to win big at World Dairy Expo someday. You can see the full story here: Heral-Mail Story

Hannah is one of the most motivated high school students I’ve read about recently. I sure wish we could see more stories like this in the media! Good luck Hannah and we hope your dream comes true.


Welcome Holstein Association To World Dairy Diary

Chuck Zimmerman

Holstein AssociationWe’d like to welcome our newest supporter to the offical weblog of the World Dairy Expo. The Holstein Association is one of growing list of companies and organizations who are helping make this online diary of information about the Expo possible.

The Holstein Association just completed it’s annual meeting in Portland, Maine. You can learn all about it on their website.

Special thanks to Lisa Perrin for her support and we look forward to working with the Holstein Association in supporting the event!


Meet Your Blogmaster

Chuck Zimmerman

Chuck Zimmerman & Linda BehnkeYou always wonder what the person looks like who you’ve spoken with on the phone but you’ve never met. I think the same is true with the blogger you’re reading. Who is this? Well, The World Dairy Expo Blog is being maintained by Chuck Zimmerman, ZimmComm, Marketing & Communications. He’s the one posting everything. In fact, it’s me that’s posting this article (not the best looking one in the picture)!

On the staff, Lisa Behnke, (the better looking one in the picture) is assisting with guidance on content and supplying information. I’ll be posting that information for you and covering the Expo as a very dedicated reporter, before, during and after.

I got to meet Lisa today at the World Dairy Expo Office. She’s was just finishing up the program and was gracious enough to spend some time with me. I’m stopping back in next week and hope to conduct some interviews which I’ll bring you right here, so stay tuned!

BTW. It’s casual Friday. That explains my Hawaiian shirt.


New World Dairy Expo Office Building

Chuck Zimmerman

World Dairy Expo Office BuildingToday your blogmaster had the opportunity to visit the World Dairy Expo headquarters building. It’s brand new and still smells that way! If you haven’t seen it or visited then at least now you know what the entrance looks like! There are a lot of pictures from past Expo’s on the walls making just walking around an interesting experience.


Here's The Schedule

Chuck Zimmerman

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 (heifers)

Wednesday, October 5th
7:30 a.m. Central National Jersey Show (bulls, cows and groups)
1:30 p.m. International Milking Shorthorn Show & Central National Brown Swiss Show (bulls and heifer)

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

Friday, October 7th
7:30 a.m. Central National Guernsey Show (cows and groups) & Grand International Red & White Show (cows & groups)
12:00 noon International Holstein Show (heifers)

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


2005 Judges Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

As we get nearer this year’s show more information is becoming available. Look here to find it as well as visiting the World Dairy Expo website at!

– World Dairy Expo recently named eight industry representatives and producers to serve as official judges for the 2005 show scheduled Tuesday, October 4 through Saturday, October 8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The dairy cattle show judges were elected by last year’s dairy cattle exhibitors and/or breed associations and ratified by Expo’s board of directors. Judging almost 2,000 head of cattle will be:

International Junior Holstein Show: Tuesday, October 4th Roger Turner, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Central National Ayrshire Show: Tuesday, October 4th Lynn Lee, Smyrna, Tennessee

Central National Jersey Show: Tuesday, October 4th and Wednesday, October 5th Norm
Nabholz, West Union, Iowa

International Milking Shorthorn Show: Wednesday, October 5th Doug Savage, Merrickville, Ontario, Canada

Central National Brown Swiss Show: Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th Steve White, New Castle, Indiana

Central National Guernsey Show: Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th David Trotter, Enon Valley, Pennsylvania

Grand International Red & White Show: Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th Brian Behnke, Brooklyn, Wisconsin

International Holstein Show: Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th Perry Phend, Osseo, Wisconsin


Send Us Your Ideas

Chuck Zimmerman

What would you like to see on the World Dairy Expo Blog? Although we’ll be posting news, pictures, results, interviews and just about anything else that comes up we want to make sure the site has what you’d like to see.

Feel free to use the comments feature to write us or you can also send an email.

We’ll do our best to make sure we provide all the information you want to see!