World Dairy Expo 2018: What’s new?

Wisconsin State Farmer
The World Dairy Expo will be held Oct. 2-6, 2018, in Madison, at the Alliant Energy Center.

From dining options to judging, the 2018 World Dairy Expo offers some new options this year, along with bringing back a few popular features. 

Enhanced dining options 

An expanded food selection at this year’s show, will helping attendees stay fueled as they spend long hours at World Dairy Expo. In addition to existing food vendors, food trucks will be on site during ingress and in the evenings to help meet an increased demand for dining options. 

Bigger and even better than before, The Tanbark, Expo’s exclusive bar and grill, will offer expanded hours for the 2018 show, with full bar service from 11 a.m. to close and a lunch menu from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Tanbark will once again be located on the east end of the Sale Pavilion and serve as a meeting place for attendees and exhibitors to conduct business, socialize and enjoy ExpoTV.

Railbird Judging Contest 

See how your placings match up to the official judges in Expo’s new Railbird Judging Contest. 

To enter, text “RAILBIRD” to 727-4-WDEXPO (727-493-3976). After signing up, you will be texted at the beginning of each Railbird class and given instructions for submitting placings.

There will be one milking class selected per breed; from the start of the class, participants will have up to 15 minutes to send their top four backtag numbers, in order. After the class concludes, the winner will be notified by text. 

Showmanship Judges Clinic 

Additionally, a Showmanship Judges Clinic has been added to the World Dairy Expo educational programs. Open to showmanship judges of all skill levels and youth dairy project leaders, the free clinic will take place from 2 p.m. -  4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 in the Coliseum.

This international clinic will cover the showmanship guidelines developed by the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association to improve consistency in contests across North America. Led by 2017 WDE Showmanship Judge, David Crack of Richmond, Quebec, Canada, the workshop will include a mock contest. 

Registration is available at 

Supreme Champion additions 

Exhibitors will now have the opportunity to compete for a Supreme Champion Heifer award for both the Junior and Open shows.

The Supreme Champion Heifer selection will be added to the Saturday closing ceremony Parade of Champions that will begin at 4 p.m. Champions will enter the Showring by breed, with the heifer leading off, and the cow to follow.

Also new in 2018, the Supreme Champion of the Junior Show will receive the use of a trailer for a year, courtesy of Frenchville Trailer Sales. 

Back by popular demand

Expo360 - the fourth channel of ExpoTV - will broadcast from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily, beginning with an hour-long live news broadcast of WXPO News. The channel will also feature live presentations of Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours and other show coverage. Channels 1-3 will continue to cover all angles of the Showring and excitement in the Dairy Cattle Shows. 

Expo fans will also be able to stay engaged with the Dairy Cattle Show by opting in to have real time results sent via text. Individuals can choose a specific breed(s) or have results for all breed shows sent to them.

To get results for the first place winner of each class and champions, text “WDERESULTS” to 727-4-WDEXPO (727-493-3976). 

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the WDE Welcome Reception, hosted by World Dairy Expo in the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall, will be held from 5 - 6:30 p.m. This free event is open to all Expo attendees and stakeholders to enjoy a Wisconsin Cheese display, refreshments, a photo booth and meet the 2018 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award Winners.

Following the WDE Welcome Reception, the four Expo Recognition Award Winners will be honored at Dinner with the Stars. The WDE Welcome Reception is sponsored by Agri-King and Harvestore.