World Dairy Expo (WDE) is held annually at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. It's the largest and most important dairy cattle show in North America, and also a great place to see newest technologies for dairy industry. This year, 70,000 visitors from 97 countries got together here.
The Ohio Program starts organizing the "World Diry Expo Program (WDE program)" in 2015, with the great support we received from Biomin Inc. This program make it possible for our international dairy interns to travel to Madison, attend seminars, watch dairy cattle show, visit commercial boothes, and meet old friends. Thanks Biomin Inc. for supporting this program since 2015.
Another amazing part of WDE program is that quite a number of past dairy interns will come to the Expo again for business, while they cherish this opportunity to reunion with TOP-Dairy program as well.
Day 1 (Oct 2): Meet other TOP-Dairy Intens
One the first day, interns finished registration and received customized clothes from The Ohio Program. Program coordiantor and team leader Mr. Yining Zhang gave a brief WDE program introduction to them, then they moved onto seminars "Entering the Dairy Industry: How do Yong People get Started into Dairying" and " Vitural Farm Tours 3,500 milking/Youth Training".
After the seminor, the group went to visit our program's old friends, Select Sires Inc.(SS) and World Wide Sires (WWS). Select Sires Inc. is a federation of nine farmer-owned-and-controlled cooperatives, it's also the North America's largest AI cooperative serving dairy and beef. It was formally incorporated by four organizations in 1965, and the production facilities were consolidated in Columbus, OH. In 2001, WWS was purchased by American A.I. cooperatives, Select Sires and Accelerated Genetics. The two organizations joined forces after 16 years of working with WWS to deliver industry-leading genetics to over 80 countries worldwide.
Day 2 (Oct 3): Seminars and Commercial Exhibitors
On day 2, the program started from seminors "Large-Scale Robots: Is It Worth the Hype" and "Virtual Farm Tour 2,180 milking/Cow Comfort and Longevity". We are proud to be present at the Virtual Farm Tour since this Van der Made Dairy, was our previous host.
In the afternoon, we visited anoth old friend, CALF-TEL, while so many interns knew this brand since their host farms are using the company's high-quality calf hutches. Dear Bob, the Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing, introduced the brand story and new products for interns.
Day 3 (Oct 4): Seminar and Select Sires Banquet
On the last day of WDE program, interns took an interesting seminar "Are You Raising the Right Number of Heifers?". Truely farms need to consider their strategy about raising right number of heifers for efficiency. It's a essential and major investment for dairy producer.
The last night was always the big night, since the Select Sires Banquet was hosted. Thanks for inviting TOP-Dairy group to join the amazing banquet for these many years. And congratulations to Mr. Alastair Pearson , chairman of WWS China, for winning the World Dairy Expo® International Person of the Year 2018.
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