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.

130 Milking/Robots

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.

1,240 Milking/Sustainability

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.