World Dairy Expo show demonstrates that farming is about more than milking


The International Holstein Show was part of the World Dairy Expo on Sept. 28-Oct. 3.

Megan Toman, Staff Writer

The World Dairy Expo was held at the Alliant Energy Center from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. This year marks the forty-ninth anniversary.

Each day from as early as 7 a.m. until as late as 7 p.m., many different exhibits and activities were featured. These included international cow shows featuring different breeds such as Holstein, Guernsey and Brown Swiss, as well as a variety of different businesses seeking to help current and future farmers, promoting products as varied as individual cow-udder milkers to large agricultural tractors.

According to the World Dairy Expo, a massive crowd of 72,427 people attended this year’s expo.

One of the attendees, Dorothy from Brodhead, comes every year.

“My father owns a farm and I have been helping him on it since I was 11,” said Dorothy. She would definitely recommend going to the expo, whether in the farming business or not because you can learn so many new things. “There is much to learn about new technology and probiotics.”

“Farming is much more than just milking,” said Dorothy. It is also about cow comfort and new products that not only help your business but keep cows comfortable.”

Next year’s World Dairy Expo will be the 50th anniversary.