While the 2016 World Dairy Expo’s 50th anniversary show is in the history books, the milestone show had many highlights during its 5-day run.
This year’s show logged a total attendance of 74,572 visitors. Among those were 3,108 international guests hailing from 102 countries from all over the world. The top five countries of registered attendance included Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea and Columbia.
A global presence was also felt in the Trade Show with 881 vendors representing 30 countries, six Canadian provinces and 45 states from the U.S.. The show welcomed 83 new companies at this year’s trade show.
The show also attracted 2,434 entries in the cattle shows with 320 Ayrshires, 377 Brown Swiss, 217 Guernseys, 418 jerseys, 213 Milking Shorthorns, 249 Red &Whites and 640 Holsteins - 244 junior entries and 396 senior entries.
Those cattle were shown by 1,778 exhibitors from 37 U.S. states, 9 Canadian provinces and 1 Mexican state.
Sales were held among all the breed classes, with 169 animals being sold.
Top of the World Jersey Sale: total sales for 28 lots, $88,750 with a sale average of $3,169. The highest lot brought a sale price of $12,500.
World Ayrshire Event Sale: total sales for 20 lots, $76,150 with a sale average of $3,807. The highest lot brought a sale price of $6,000.
World Premier Brown Swiss Sale: total sales for 29 lots, $120,000 with a sale average of $4,145. The highest lot brought a sale price of $8,000.
World Premier Milking Shorthorn Sale: total sales for 8 lots, $29,300 with a sale average of $3,663. The highest lot brought a sale price of $8,100.
International Guernsey Classic Sale: total sales for 40 lots, $69,113 with a sale average of $1,728. The highest lot brought a sale price of $6,100.
World Classic ’16 Holstein Sale: total sales for 44 lots, $1,364,100 with a sale average of $31,002. The highest lot brought a sale price of $270,000.
Musqie Iatola Martha ET was named Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo. The Jersey was exhibited by Milk Source, LLC, Kaukauna. The Reserve Supreme Champion: Sheeknoll Durham Arrow was exhibited by Sheeknoll Farms, Rochester, MN.
Winners of the World Dairy Expo International Futurity are: Overall Futurity Champion - Miss Apple Snapple-Red-ET exhibited by: Milk Source, LLC, Kaukauna.
Reserve Overall Futurity Champion, Royalty Ridge Tequila Circus-ET exhibited by: River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing & Grace Sauder, Tremont, IL.
World Dairy Expo Central National FFA Events - Central National FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Contest overall Top 10 Teams: New Richmond. Denmark, Pulask, Oregon, Westby, Belmont, Antigo, Iowa Grant, Elkart Lake, Wonewoc Center.
Central National FFA Showmanship Contest results: Top Five Individuals - Montana Sarbacker, Verona ; Lucas Anderson, Westby, Morghan O’Connell, Winneconne, Daniel Walsh, Mauston and Noah Heine, Jefferson.
The Top finisher of the Central National FFA: Dairy Products Convention is Maquoketa Valley of Iowa; Forage Management Cup - Riverdale, WI.
Other Contests Summary
World Forage Analysis Superbowl Winners: Grand Champion Forage Producer: Tom Leubke, Mayer, MN; Baleage: Darin Cox, Merom, IN; Brown Midrib Corn Silage: Mapleview Farm, Madrid, N.Y., Commercial Hay: Hardrock Farms, Wheatland, WY, Dairy Hay: Harry Adams Jr., Byron, IL, Grass Hay: Paradise Rueth, Oxford, WI; Haylage: New Day Dairy, Athens, WI, Organic Hay: Pounder Bros Inc., Delavan, WI, Standard Corn Silage: Koster Dairy, Falmouth, MI.
Quality Counts Award - Corn Silage: Schwantes Dairy, Perham, MN; Hay/Haylage: New Day Dairy, Athens, WI; and Champion First-Time Entrant: Dynamic Dairy Nutrition, Hixton, WI.
The World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest garnered 1,135 entries. Top finishers include: Cheese and Butter Grand Champion: Saxon Cheese LLC, Cleveland, WI; Grade A Grand Champion: Schreiber Foods, Green Bay, WI; and Ice Cream Grand Champion: Double Rainbow Ice Cream, San Francisco, CA.
Next year’s World Dairy Expo will be held Oct. 3-7, 2017 for “Discover New Dairy Worlds”.