World Dairy Expo 2016!
Out in the country the local farm show is always a much looked forward to event. Family, friends, employees all manage to get at least a few hours off from the farm to take a tour around. Now in my little ‘town’ of Ottawa we usually reach an audience of 10,000-12,000 visitors a year at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show. Pretty darn good, or so I thought until last week when I made my way down to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI .
The second I stepped onto that blue carpet I realized this was an entirely different ball game. The 350 exhibitors at my hometown’s farm show were quickly over shadowed by the 881 here; plus more than 70,000 visitors and multiple world-class dairy cow shows. The grounds were expansive and the energy palatable!
Visiting with DeLaval
At the DeLaval booth I had the chance to help out with the filming for their #WeLiveMilk campaign. It was amazing to hear the different stories and ways people “live milk”. Next (and this was my favourite part!) I grabbed some DeLaval hats/shirts and toured around giving away some free swag! I loved talking with everyone and learning about their roles in agriculture and seeing all the support!
An afternoon with Locket & Dan from Blondin!
Once the afternoon hit I managed to take a quick peek-around while I taste tested the commemorative 50th anniversary ice cream flavours (A-mazing!). I have to admit though, the best part was getting out to the show barns! Getting up close and personal with the top show cows was incredible. Coming from a small town they really set the standards in perfection. I had no idea the amount of work that went into keeping these cows in top shape- daily showers, fans to keep them cool at all times, soft comfy bedding, and a stable hand to tend to their every whim 24/7. No kidding! One especially pampered cow I had the privilege of meeting was Locket, of the Blondin lines. Stunning girl and the visit was complete with an impromptu run down on genomics!
Turns out I got to go home with some sweet swag myself- win! There was so much to do and see, there was no way I could do it all in one day, and the show continues to grow at a rate of 15% each year. This just reflects not only the amount of effort that goes into the show and the industry as a whole, but the demand that there is for dairy products and the interest dairy consumers have in our work.
I’d like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to the DeLaval team! They were such a great group, and were so welcoming; it was hard not to feel like a part of the family. They truly represent the commitment and passion within our industry!
What a great day, and an amazing team!
So once again, thank you, I am so blessed to have been able to experience the World Dairy Expo with everyone! I highly recommend checking it out for yourself if you ever get the chance. It’s well worth the trip! Who knows, maybe I’ll see you down there next year! 🙂