World Dairy Expo 2018 Seminars Help You Build a Better Business

Educational seminars at World Dairy Expo will cover everything from genomics to robotics to farm policy Oct. 2 - 6 in Madison, Wis. ( Wyatt Bechtel )

World Dairy Expo has just released its line-up of educational seminars that will be featured Oct. 2 through 6 in Madison, Wis.

They focus on everything from getting started in dairy farming to the use of robotics and genomics to build a more efficient and better business for farmers across the country and around the world.

Presented by industry leaders daily, these seminars address topics centered around policy, research, finances and the future. The following is a schedule of 2018 Expo Seminars, which will be held in the Mendota 2 meeting room of the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall.


Tuesday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.

Entering the Dairy Industry; How do Young People get Started into Dairying

Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus


Wednesday, October 3, 11:00 a.m.

Large-Scale Robots: Is It Worth the Hype

Brian Houin, Owner, Homestead Dairy, LLC

Sponsored by: Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.


Wednesday, October 3, 1:00 p.m.

Will the Farm Bill Hurt or Help?

Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Thursday, October 4, 11:00 a.m.

Are You Raising the Right Number of Heifers?

Jason Karszes, Senior Extension Associate, PRO-DAIRY at Cornell University

Sponsored by: Micronutrients


Thursday, October 4, 1:00 p.m.

KPIs: Your Yardstick to Improve What Matters on Your Operation

Dr. Tom Fuhrmann, Consultant, DairyWorks Management System

Terry Battcher, Consultant, DairyWorks Management System

Sponsored by: Feed Supervisor Software


Friday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.

Improved Genomic Selection for Health and Other Traits

Dr. Paul VanRaden, Research Geneticist, USDA-AGIL

Sponsored by: Semex


Friday, October 5, 1:00 p.m.

View from the top: How corporate restaurant and food retail sourcing policies are being developed and the implications to the farmer


  • Mike Brown, Director, Dairy Supply Chain, The Kroger Co.
  • Sarah Hendren, Nutrition & Quality Assurance Manager, Culver Franchising System, LLC


  • Angela Anderson, Director, Customer Outreach, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Sponsored by: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy


Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.

Learning from the Future – Dairying in 2068

Dr. Jack H. Britt, Senior Consultant, Jack H. Britt Consulting


Each seminar is approved for one continuing education credit for members of both the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and the American Association of State Veterinary Boards – RACE Program (RACE).

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wisconsin for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube for more information.