The World Dairy Expo is an annual event that showcases dairy cattle and new technologies in the dairy industry. This five day event is held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI and is joined by approximately 70,000 people from 100 countries, making it the largest dairy cattle show in North America. The Expo consists of cattle show competitions, dairy focused trade shows, and national judging contests for high school FFA chapters and 4-H programs. The mission of the World Dairy Expo is to “serve as a forum for dairy producers, companies, organizations and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, technology and commerce”.
CALS participates in the World Dairy Expo every year to promote our 4-year degree programs, the Wisconsin Youth Institute, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are a popular stop for FFA and 4-H students, UW-Madison alumni, and companies seeking UW students to hire upon graduation. The Farm & Industry Short Course (FISC) program, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Dairy Science Department also attends the Expo to promote their programs.
CALS Ambassador Annika Peterson, senior in Plant Pathology and Spanish, volunteered at the CALS booth to help promote CALS and share her student experience. Annika enjoyed talking to prospective students and those curious about CALS. She also adds “It was interesting to learn about innovative technologies in the dairy industry and eat grilled cheese from the Badger Dairy Club.”
If you missed out on the Expo this year or plan to attend next year, you can click here to learn more.