When the world’s dairy industry gathers each fall in Madison, Wis., it is only fitting that outstanding individuals be recognized for their contributions to the dairy business. World Dairy Expo General Manager Mark Clarke notes, “The best come to Madison. This is true whether you are talking about the trade show exhibitors, the dairy cattle that parade on the colored shavings or the people who attend this show year after year. We are honored to spotlight accomplishments with four special awards.”

World Dairy Expo’s 2011 Recognition Award Winners include: Dairymen of the Year, Koepke Farms, Inc., Alan, Jim, David and John Koepke, Oconomowoc, Wis.;  Dairy Woman of the Year, Donna Myers, Windsor Manor, New Windsor, Md.; Industry Person of the Year, H. Duane Norman, Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, ARS, USDA, Fulton, Md., and International Person of the Year, Anne Perchard, La Ferme Ltd. (The Ansom Jersey Herd) of Great Britain.

The recipients will be honored during World Dairy Expo at a special “Dinner with the Stars” banquet, held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Tickets for the event are $30. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Sept. 27.

World Dairy Expo is an international trade and cattle show for dairy producers. This year’s show will take place Oct. 4-8. For more information, contact World Dairy Expo at 608-224-6455 or visit www.worlddairyexpo.com.