Top Five Things to See (and Do) at 2017 World Dairy Expo

Food & Agribusiness, Property & Casualty

Those working in the dairy realm know that the first week in October is sacred. It’s the week that dairy producers, businesses, educators and dairy product makers from around the world converge on Madison, Wisconsin for World Dairy Expo.

I’ll be attending my 11th World Dairy Expo this year. The great thing about the expo is its variety (new seminars and exhibitors every year) along with its consistency (great dairy competitions, fantastic networking, so much to see each and every year).

To help navigate this year’s line-up, take a look at my list of top five things to see (and do) at this year’s World Dairy Expo. (This is in addition, of course, to watching world class dairy competitions and visiting the nearly 900 exhibitors from 30 countries!)

5. Belly up to The Grilled Cheese Stand located on E Expo Mall (between the Coliseum and Arena building) for a hot grilled cheese and cold chocolate shake.

4. Check out The Tanbark, a great place to meet up while enjoying food and beverages. Located at the east end of the Estrumate Sale Pavilion, The Tanbark is a pub-style restaurant featuring hot soups and sandwiches, a farm-to-table salad bar, and a full cash bar.

3. Visit International Registration to see and meet people from all over the world. Last year, 3,108 international guests from 102 countries checked-in at International Registration, located in the east lobby of the Coliseum just under the flags of many nations. International visitors wear little red flag pins on their lapels indicating their country of origin.

2. Attend two new symposiums: The Dairy Farm Safety Symposium (proudly sponsored by M3) deals with one of the most crucial aspects of farming – safety! And The Changing Landscapes of Dairy: A Regional Report provides the opportunity to network and learn about the current issues facing today’s dairy industry.

And the #1 thing to see at the World Dairy Expo: cows, cows and more cows! If you don’t get your fix of beautiful bovines at the many dairy cattle shows, make sure to visit the barns where you can see the cows up close while viewing the elaborate displays built by the exhibitors to highlight their herd.

See you there!

October 3-7, 2017
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