World Dairy Expo released its schedule of 2014 virtual farms tours, with eight stops from New York and Pennsylvania to Kansas and Iowa, and visits to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota included. This year’s operations excel in the areas of water conservation, genetic advancement, adaptation of technology, productive life, robots, environmental awareness, community involvement and sustainability.
Virtual farms tours give World Dairy Expo attendees the opportunity to experience a wide variety of farms and management styles, all from the comfort of a chair. These tours – presented by the farm’s owners and managers – include a half-hour pictorial overview of each operation, showcasing general operation information and highlights of exceptional management practices. Time for questions and discussion will follow.
The free tours will be presented daily, Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Mendota 1 meeting room in the Exhibition Hall. Presentations will be available for viewing on World Dairy Expo’s website after the show. Full summaries and details can be viewed at worlddairyexpo.com.
2014 Virtual Farm Tour Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Milk Source – Hudson Dairy, Hudson, Mich.
3,000 Milking/Water Conservation
Sponsored by: Livestock Water Recycling, Inc.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, Noon
Hosted by: Rokeyroad Holsteins, Sabetha, Kan.
114 Milking/Genetic Advancement
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Agriculture
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Sugar Creek Farms, New London, Wis.
1,200 Milking/Adopters of Technology
Sponsored by: Zoetis
Thursday, Oct. 2, Noon
Hosted by: Lyon Jerseys LLC, Toledo, Iowa
400 Milking/Productive Life
Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association
Thursday Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Lepples’ Ridge-View Farm, Inc., Beaver Dam, Wis.
Sponsored by: Lely
Friday, Oct. 3, Noon
Hosted by: Wanner’s Pride-N-Joy Dairy, Narvon, Penn.
772 Milking/Environmental Stewards
Sponsored by: Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.
Friday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Johnsons’ Rolling Acres Partnership, Peterson, Minn.
1,050 Milking/Community Involvement
Sponsored by: AgStar Financial Services
Saturday, Oct. 4, Noon
Hosted by: Twin Birch Dairy, LLC, Skaneateles, N.Y.
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
World Dairy Expo is recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry. More than 70,000 dairy producers and industry experts from 90 countries travel to Madison, Wis. annually. The world-class event includes 2,500 head of North American dairy cattle competing on the famed “colored shavings”, more than 850 exhibiting companies in the renowned trade show, Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours and exciting youth competitions. World Dairy Expo’s 2014 theme is “Designer Dairy.” It will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2014. Visit worlddairyexpo.com, follow us on Facebook or Twitter @WDExpo or #WDE14 for more information.