The recent World Dairy Expo in Madison has released its attendance figures for 2011 and show officials say this year's event was one of the best of all time. WDE Spokesperson Janet Keller announced that a record 2,587 head of dairy cattle were exhibited by 1,130 exhibitors at the Alliant Energy Center in early October.
"Sunny skies and unusually warm weather helped to create a memorable event for all that participated in the 2011 World Dairy Expo," Keller said.
Show people came from 37 states and seven Canadian provinces to vie for the coveted Grand Champion and Supreme Champion titles. The show's supreme champion came from Canada, as 'Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy,' exhibited by Morsan Farms, Van Ruinen Dairy Ltd., Mark Butz and Gert Andreasen of Ponoka, Alberta took top honors. Junior Show Supreme Champion was awarded to 'South Mountain Voltage Spice-ET,' exhibited by Ben Sauder from Tremont, Illinois.
Total attendance for World Dairy Expo was 68,006 visitors, with 2,699 registered international guests from 90 countries. Visitors from Canada, Mexico, Ireland, China and Germany topped the list of international guests during the five-day event.
The trade show set new participation levels with 810 exhibiting companies from 28 different countries on-site displaying everything needed for dairy cattle management.
Meanwhile, the World Forage Analysis Superbowl entries also set a new record with a 43% increase in entries from 23 states.Keller says plans are already underway for next year's event, which is being held October 2-6, 2012.