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World Dairy Expo Attendance Strong This Year
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/12/2017

It was another good year for attendance at World Dairy Expo. Organizers of the dairy and tradeshow in Madison say over 68,700 people from 97 countries came through the gates during the five day event last week at the Alliant Energy Center. That was about 5,800 less than last year's total count, which brought in a huge crowd for the show's golden anniversary in 2016. Visitors from Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil and Japan represented the top five nations with the most attendees, respectively.

This year, a record 884 companies featured their products and services in the trade show areas.

In the dairy barns, 1,722 exhibitors from 40 states and seven Canadian provinces checked in 2,356 head of dairy cattle this year. The Supreme Champion animal of the competition was a Holstein cow, 'Rosiers Blexy Goldwyn-ET,' exhibited by Budjon, Vail, Abbot, Van Excel and Woodmansee of Lomira.

The dairy breed sales are also being called a success. The highest lot in the World Classic Holstein Sale went for $620,000. Over $2.1 million dollars in cattle were sold in the auction, with prices averaging over $41,400 per head.

And at the 2017 Champion Dairy Product Contest Auction, 26 lots sold for a total of $33,823.

Meanwhile, show coordinators say plans are already underway for next year's event, which is being held October 2-6, 2018. The theme will be 'The Next Frontier!'

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