World Ag Expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind, featuring 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.
This year’s event will be held Feb. 11-13 at the International Agri-Center, 4500 South Laspina St., Tulare, Calif. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday.
Admission is $15 at the gate children 6 and under enter free). Purchase tickets online at www.worldagexpo.com/buy-tickets.
Downloadable and interactive maps of the World Ag Expo show grounds are available at www.worldagexpo.com/show-grounds-map-printable. Be sure to stop and meet the Dairy Herd Management staff. We're located in Booth 6503 in the Farm Credit Dairy Center.
For a schedule of special events, visit www.worldagexpo.com/special-events-225
While in the nation’s largest dairy state, you may have the opportunity to visit some large-scale dairies through daily World Ag Expo tours.
A tour on Tuesday and Thursday includes stops at Elkhorn and Milky Way Dairies, located less than 20 miles from the International Agri-Center. The 4.5-hour tour begins at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $40, including a box lunch.
Elkhorn Dairy features a state-of-the-art carousel milking parlor, milking 3,300 cows 3X. The dairy uses solar power to provide electricity to the dairy. At Milky Way Dairy, their herringbone parlor manages two herds in tandem and milks 3X.
Wednesday’s dairy tour includes stops at Curtimade Dairy and the University of California’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching & Research Center in Tulare. The 4-hour tour begins at 9:15 a.m. and costs $40, with a box lunch included.
Curtimade Dairy is a 3,000-Holstein dairy with a 1,100-acre farm. The dairy has a solar mounted tracking system, which covers four acres and provides a savings of approximately $145,000 a year.
The UC facility is a leading educational and research organization for dairy production medicine and herd health. Staff will provide a look at the facility and answer questions on dairy health situations.
For more information on World Ag Expo tours, visit www.worldagexpo.com/ag-tours.
Dairy & Forage seminars
Of special interest to dairy producers, dairy, forage and other seminars will be held in the seminar tents, just south of the Dairy Center.
Dairy seminars will be held daily, with hay and forage seminars scheduled for Tuesday (see schedule below). In addition, Beef, General Ag, Irrigation and International Trade seminars, are also planned. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.worldagexpo.com/seminars.