WDE2015_posterIf someone claims that we have “Dairy in our DNA”, what does it actually mean?   For the organizers of World Dairy Expo 2015, it is a dairy code they’re offering to each of us. No matter how we trace our dairy roots, it  means that for five days at the Alliant Center in Madison Wisconsin, our environment, what we eat, what we see and what we come into contact with will “run in the dairy family” — all 77,000 of them!  They are getting ready right now to converge on World Dairy Expo from across North America and around the world!

“Dairy in our DNA” is the core theme of World Dairy Expo 2015. It is the common thread that will run through every aspect of the annual dairy showcase.  No matter where you feel the dairy pull, when you get to the Alliant Center in Madison you will find out that the organizers of Expo 2015 have got it covered.

On the one hand you certainly may see the iconic dairy farmer in his plaid shirt, overalls and straw hat.  But, more likely than not, he probably has his smart phone in hand and is working with his show cows in the modern barn facilities, or is lining up future plans with farm consultants or perhaps “he” is a “she” and is questioning financial advisors she has linked with at an Expo seminar. Of course, she could even be checking on her robotic herd back home!

On the other hand, you too will be dazzled by new age information and state-of-the-art equipment. Aisles of machinery and outdoor exhibits elicit more “oohs” and “ahhs” than theme park thrill rides! If you still find yourself longing for simpler times, your heart will respond to the artistic outpouring of dairy designers, artists and hobbyists.  Don’t miss The Purple Cow gift shop. And to wrap it up, you can test your dairy acumen as a spectator at the daily dairy shows, where more than 2400 head of cattle will parade before world class judges to prove that they most assuredly have dairy in their DNA.

The Well Laid Plans of Cows and Men

The best feature of World Dairy Expo is that everything dairy related that you would like to see and hear about is concentrated in one place at one time.  That feature is probably the most challenging part of Expo too!  How do you decide where to go, what to see and when to go and see it amid this ever evolving stream of people, cows and commerce. It’s a wonderful place to do business, have a coffee, arrange a work lunch or attend a seminar. For dairy managers, customizing the connections you make during World Dairy Expo adds a whole new meaning to milking it for all it’s worth! And it’s all wrapped up in the beauty of autumn in Wisconsin.  Do your planning before you leave home (https://worlddairyexpo.com/)   Refine it as you travel to Wisconsin.  Pull out your well laid plans of “cows and men”.  And then just have a good time.

Prospects ….. Partners…. And Problem Solvers

World Dairy Expo 2015 is where you can get the leads, set up the contacts and establish an action plan for all those top priority projects you’re planning for the coming year.  In five building on the site over 850 companies are ready to meet your needs. Planning an expansion?  Need new equipment?  What consultants do you need to add to your team?  This year it will be easier than ever to make the right connections thanks to a new shuttle service between several local hotels and the Expo site. You can save time and build your rolodex while meeting and greeting people who are just as passionate about dairying as you are. There is no need to go back home without meeting at least one person who can advance your dairy dream. After you have met prospects, potential partners and product problem solvers, rest your feet and inspire your dairy dreams by attending one of the daily cattle shows or sales that highlight the best of the best in each breed. See more than 1,600 owners from the USA, Canada and Mexico prepare and show 2,400 head of cattle. That’s what “Dairy in Our DNA” is built upon.

Get Smart and Blame it on Your Dairy DNA

There are many things that we frequently blame on our genetics: including eye color, sense of humor and baldness!  Quite often health conditions and behavior disorders also get blamed on our genes. But after attending your personal selection from the following seminars offered at World Dairy Expo 2015, we will legitimately have the knowledge to claim that we have, “Dairy in our DNA”.  Bring your smart phone, iPad and notepaper and you will get a personalized education that expresses the best of what Dairy DNA has to offer today.

Dan Rupar“The Time is Right for a Succession Plan”
Tuesday, September 29, 1 p.m.
Dan Rupar, Attorney, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Good planning starts long before the dairy operation is handed from one generation to the next. Owners and potential successors can learn how to start this conversation from Dan Rupar. Successful transitions depend on identifying and resolving the legal, tax, financial and family conflict issues that can be obstacles to successful transition planning.

 

 

Dr JW Schroeder

“Feed Refusals: Waste or Cost of Doing Business?”
Wednesday, September 30, 11 a.m.
Dr. J.W. Schroeder, Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, North Dakota State University
We all recognize the costs associated with feeding dairy cattle. Dr. Schroeder will discuss how you can find the best ways to lower the amount of feed bunk refusal and take positive steps in managing this expense.

 

 

Jerry Wulf“Adding Value to Calves by Breeding to Beef”
Wednesday, September 30, 1 p.m.
Jerry Wulf, Partner, Wulf Cattle
Jerry Wulf, partner at Wulf Cattle, brings a new perspective to cattle breeding. He will discuss his experience and successes with the “Calf Buy Back” program they established to provide value-added genetics through breeding dairy cows to beef.

 

 

Dr Micheal Van Amburgh“Defining Factors That Create a Quality Heifer”
Dr. Michael Van Amburgh, Cornell University
Thursday, October 1, 11 a.m.
Dr. Mike Van Amburgh will share how neonatal factors that affect the lifetime productivity functions and outcomes of heifers. He also will share his experience with the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System which is a nutrition evaluation and formulation model used worldwide.

 

 

Jack Rodenburg“Design Criteria for Robotic Milking Barns”
Thursday, October 1, 1 p.m.
Jack Rodenburg, DairyLogix
Providing housing that allows dairy cattle to reach their best potential is a goal that all dairy managers seek. Jack Rodenburg has the data, practical experience and research results to answer all your questions on barn layouts, minimizing labor and optimizing cow comfort.

 

 

Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann“Apps for Dairying: An Application for Calving Management”
Friday, October 2, 11 a.m.
Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine – Ohio State University
Here is a chance to learn how to use smart, touch-screen devices for calving management.  Dr. Schuenemann will discuss the pros and cons and financial implications of managing real time events that occur in dairy herds every day.

 

 

“Agroterrorism Threat Briefing and Roles of Law Enforcement”
Friday, October 2, 1 p.m.
Stephen Goldsmith DVM, WMD Directorate-Biological Countermeasures Unit, HQ, FBI
This seminar will be presented by Stephan Goldsmith DVM, a long-time employee of the FBI and Army National Guard and Reserve veteran. He will discuss the role of law enforcement and agriculture agencies in the joint investigation of intentional criminal or terrorist attacks against agriculture.

 

 

Dr Jan Shearer“Lameness in Dairy Cattle: Causes and Consequences”
Saturday, October 3, 11 a.m.
Dr. J.K. Shearer, Professor, Iowa State University
Dairy cattle lameness has a huge impact on performance, profit and cow welfare.  Dr. Shearer will discuss how to manage this crucial area through early detection, prompt diagnosis and application of effective therapy.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

DNA mapping provides a blueprint for genetics.  The program at World Dairy Expo 2015 provides a blueprint for everything you need to know about modern dairying.  Make the trip to Madison Wisconsin this September and you will be forever convinced that there’s outstanding “Dairy in Our DNA!”

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