World Dairy Expo virtual farm tours bring best operations to Madison

Wisconsin State Farmer

MADISON – World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have been bringing the best dairy operations in North America to Madison for more than 15 years. The eight dairies selected this year are no exception, highlighting topics ranging from technology and genetics to strong community ties and cow comfort.

World Dairy Expo will feature Virtual Farm Tours each day of the 2018 show presented by farm owners and managers.

These virtual outings include a visual presentation led by the farm’s owner or manager, with time for questions and an open discussion to follow. Tours are presented daily during World Dairy Expo, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall.    

Sponsors of the 2018 Virtual Farm Tours include: American Jersey Cattle Association, Compeer Financial, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Mycogen Seeds, NC Dairy Advantage, Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC, QLF and Waikato Milking Systems.   

Schedule of tours

Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. 

Hosted by: MasCow, Moscow, Kan.  

Highlights: 3,500 milking/Youth Training 

Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Agriculture 

Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. 

Hosted by: Blue Star Dairy Farms, DeForest, Wis. 

Highlights: 2,600 milking/Family-Run, Multi-Site Farm 

Sponsored by: Compeer Financial 

Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. 

Hosted by: VanderMade Dairy and FreshMade Dairy, Sherwood, Ohio 

Highlights: 2,180 milking/Cow Comfort and Longevity 

Sponsored by: Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC 

Thursday, Oct. 4 at 12 p.m. 

Hosted by: Young’s Jersey Dairy Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio 

Highlights: 35 milking/Value-Added Products and Agri-Tourism 

Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association 

Thursday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. 

Hosted by: Selz-Pralle Dairy, Humbird, Wis. 

Highlights: 450 milking/Genetics and Production 

Sponsored by: Mycogen Seeds 

Friday, Oct. 5 at 12 p.m. 

Hosted by: Rocky Creek Dairy, Olin, N.C. 

Highlights: 1,240 milking/Milk Quality 

Sponsored by: NC Dairy Advantage 

Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. 

Hosted by: McCarty Family Farms, LLC, Colby, Kan.  

Highlights: 12,000 milking/Non-GMO Ration 

Sponsored by: QLF   

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. 

Hosted by: Benthem Brothers Inc., McBain, Mich.  

Highlights: 2,700 milking/Rotary Parlor 

Sponsored by: Waikato Milking Systems