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Expo Seminars Bring Additional Value to WDE
July 16, 2018

World Dairy Expo is pleased to provide attendees additional educational value once again through its diverse series of Expo Seminars. Presented by industry leaders daily, these seminars address topics centered around policy, research, finances and the future.

Expo Seminars are presented by industry leaders each day of WDE, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota 2 meeting room.
Photo credit: Trevor Olson Photography

Each seminar is approved for one continuing education credit for members of both the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) and the American Association of State Veterinary Boards – RACE Program (RACE).

Sponsors of the 2018 Expo Seminars include Feed Supervisor Software, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Micronutrients, Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc. and Semex.

The following is a schedule of 2018 Expo Seminars, which will be held in the Mendota 2 meeting room of the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall.

Tuesday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.
Entering the Dairy Industry; How do Young People get Started into Dairying
Gary Sipiorski, Dairy Development Manager, Vita Plus

Wednesday, October 3, 11:00 a.m.
Large-Scale Robots: Is It Worth the Hype
Brian Houin, Owner, Homestead Dairy, LLC
Sponsored by: Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc.

Wednesday, October 3, 1:00 p.m.
Will the Farm Bill Hurt or Help?
Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, October 4, 11:00 a.m.
Are You Raising the Right Number of Heifers?
Jason Karszes, Senior Extension Associate, PRO-DAIRY at Cornell University
Sponsored by: Micronutrients

Thursday, October 4, 1:00 p.m.
KPIs: Your Yardstick to Improve What Matters on Your Operation
Dr. Tom Fuhrmann, Consultant, DairyWorks Management System
Terry Battcher, Consultant, DairyWorks Management System
Sponsored by: Feed Supervisor Software

Friday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.
Improved Genomic Selection for Health and Other Traits
Dr. Paul VanRaden, Research Geneticist, USDA-AGIL
Sponsored by: Semex

Friday, October 5, 1:00 p.m.
View from the top: How corporate restaurant and food retail sourcing policies are being developed and the implications to the farmer


  • Mike Brown, Director, Dairy Supply Chain, The Kroger Co.
  • Sarah Hendren, Nutrition & Quality Assurance Manager, Culver Franchising System, LLC


  • Angela Anderson, Director, Customer Outreach, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Sponsored by: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.
Learning from the Future – Dairying in 2068
Dr. Jack H. Britt, Senior Consultant, Jack H. Britt Consulting

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wisconsin for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display. Visit World Dairy Expo or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube for more information. 


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