Free virtual tours of several top U.S. dairies will be presented daily during World Dairy Expo, Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, in the Mendota 1 meeting room in the Exhibition Hall. Managers will present a half-hour pictorial view of their operation, including general operation information and highlights of exceptional management practices. Time for questions and discussion will follow.
The tours will be available for viewing on World Dairy Expo’s Web site after the show.
Tour hosts and key farm features include:
Valley-Drive Holsteins, LLC, Campbellsport, Wis.
Managed by Jeff and Merlene Hayes family and Daryl Winter
200 Milking – Adaptation leads to longevity
Sponsored by: Structures Unlimited LLC
Stewart Farms Inc., Nampa, Idaho
Managed by Joe, Jere, Jim and Marcella Stewart
630 Milking – Innovative reproductive tools
Sponsored by: Semex
Clover Patch Dairy, Millersburg, Ohio
Managed by Alan and Sharon Kozak
420 Milking – Grazing benefits
Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association
Ripp’s Dairy Valley, Dane, Wis.
Managed by Gary, Troy and Chuck Ripp and families
860 Milking — Managing transition cows
Sponsored by: AgSource Cooperative Services
University of Minnesota Teaching & Research Facility, St. Paul, Minn.
130 Milking – A research dairy herd
Sponsored by: Quality Liquid Feeds
Cycle Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Managed by Bill, Clarice, Jacob, Tony and Moriah Brey
240 Milking – Family succession
Sponsored by: Grow Wisconsin Dairy Team
Royal Farms Dairy, Garden City, Kan.
Managed by Kyle Averhoff and the Irsik Family
6150 Milking – Environmental stewards
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Commerce
Sandy Acres Dairy, Elk Mound, Wis.
Managed by Jeff and Marie Pagenkopf
480 Milking – Robotic calf feeders
Sponsored by: Land O’Lakes Purina Feed
Source: World Dairy Expo