Discovering New Dairy Worlds
Picture this: a huge wooden ship out at sea fighting huge waves, and a torrential downpour inching its way to a new horizon, hoping to find a new world. Now the sea, waves and rain may be just your imagination, but this year there was an actual ship sailing across blue shavings at World Dairy Expo. World Dairy Expo is a five-day event of dairy cattle shows, and a trade show for the latest innovations in agricultural technology.
The theme for this year’s World Dairy Expo was “Discover New Dairy Worlds.” This theme created an exciting atmosphere full of potential and new technology. Dairy farmers from around the world gather at this annual event not only to share in the excitement of the new technology, but to also engage in comradery with others in the dairy community. This includes waiting in suspense for the supreme champion – the highest award a cow can achieve – to be chosen, or sharing a grilled cheese sandwich prepared by the Badger Dairy Club at their crowd-favorite grilled cheese stand. For me, I love attending World Dairy Expo for all of the reasons above.
There is an atmosphere at World Dairy Expo like none other. I love learning about the new advancements being made in the dairy industry like robotic milking machines, automatic calf feeders and the latest advancements in cow comfort. Or sitting in the stands and watching the dairy cattle show. I love meeting new people, smelling the fresh shavings, feeling the intensity and excitement in the show barn, and of course eating all the dairy products I can! It isn’t World Dairy Expo without grilled cheese, cheese curds, milkshakes, ice cream and so much more.
One of the main goals of World Dairy Expo is to show off new technology in agriculture, but there is so much more to this amazing event. The food, people, vendors, cows, showpeople and owners make this event everything that it is. I am thankful for all that Expo offers. Expo is a place where we as producers can forget about the low milk prices and the challenges we face as dairy producers, and we can focus on the future. Expo provides the encouragement and motivation needed to fight through another year.
If we can fight the waves of the dairy industry and stay the course we will reach “The Next Frontier.” I look forward to seeing you all at World Dairy Expo 2018!
Written By: Allison Schafer
Allison is the daughter of Leroy and Stephanie Schafer of Westphalia, Michigan. Allison is a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Agribusiness Management. She is involved in Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. She loves working on her family dairy farm and showing dairy cattle. She has her own herd of registered Jerseys. She also looks forward to attending World Dairy Expo every year.