World Dairy Expo 2019 by the numbers

Carol Spaeth-Bauer
Wisconsin State Farmer

MADISON - The 53rd World Dairy Expo is in the books and with it many memories, honors and awards. Rain during the show's run didn't dampen spirits nor diminish appetites as the Coliseum filled for cattle shows and lines formed in the rain for delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.

Proof that the show truly is a world event, more than 2,100 registered international guests from 94 countries were among the more than 62,200 attendees visiting the expo from Oct. 1 - 5. Canada and Mexico topped the list for most guests, followed by Italy and China with Brazil and Japan tied for number of visitors attending. 

Known for attracting the best of the best dairy cattle in North America, more than 2,330 cows were housed on the grounds at the Alliant Energy Center by more than 1,600 exhibitors from 34 states and seven Canadian Provinces. Of those, 2,309 were evaluated during 83 hours of judging. 

International visitors ask about products at the Bioret Agri booth at World Dairy Expo on Oct. 2 in Madison.

Of the dairy breeds, 596 Holsteins were housed during the show with 428 shown in the open show and 235 in the junior show. Next most popular was Jersey cattle numbering 391 followed closely by Brown Swiss at 319. Red and White and Ayrshire were close with 265 and 262 respectively. Milking Shorthorn and Guernsey were also close at 206 and 203 respectively. 

Fourteen cattle shows culminated in the selection of Supreme Champions to close the show on Oct. 5. Making history was Cutting Edge T Delilah winning for the second year in a row - the second Brown Swiss in World Dairy Expo history to claim back to back Supreme Champion titles. 

Winners in the Holstein show walk off the colored shavings at World Dairy Expo on Oct. 5.

Youth contests drew 30 participants for the fitting contest, nearly 200 participants in the showmanship contest, 18 teams for the intercollegiate dairy cattle judging contest, 14 teams for the post-secondary dairy cattle judging contest and 18 teams in the national 4-H dairy cattle judging contest, won by Wisconsin.

National FFA contests attracted 118 schools for dairy cattle judging, 90 schools for dairy products, 47 for world forage management.

Industry contests saw 336 entries for the World Forage Analysis Superbowl and more than 1,500 for the championship dairy products contest with the auction bringing in nearly $28,000 in total sales. 

But World Dairy Expo is more than cattle judging and contests. The trade show had 859 participating companies from 28 countries, six Canadian Provinces and 41 states. Of those, 97 were new participating companies. 

A show of this magnitude doesn't happen without sponsors — 419 sponsors to be exact.  

World Dairy Expo 2020 comes to Madison from Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, with the theme, “Instrumental to the Industry.”