World Ag Expo Info for Dairy Producers

Billed as the world’s largest outdoor farm show, the 51st edition of World Ag Expo is slated for Feb. 13 – 15 at the International Agri-Center, 4500 South Laspina St., in Tulare, Calif.

The three day event highlights over 1400 exhibitors along with educational events and entertainment.  The estimated annual average attendance is 100,000 individuals from 70 countries. Admission is $15 per person and show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 until 4 on Thursday.  Full details about the show can be found at

Seminars for dairy producers are set for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the seminar center in the southeast corner of the show rounds


10:00 A.M.
The 21st Century Dairy
Speaker: Paul Anema, Chris Garnier and Gary Genske, Genske Mulder & Company, CPA’s

11:00 A.M.
An Alternative to Genomic Testing
Speaker: Bill VerBoort and Denise Athy, AgriTech Analytics

12:00 P.M.
Profiting from Methane Capture, Credits and Grants
Speaker: N. Ross Buckenham and Neil Black, California Bioenergy LLC

1:00 P.M.
Component Production: Is your herd efficiency up to par?
Speaker: Dr. Shane Holt 

2:00 P.M.
Dairy Drinking Water Quality
Speaker: Joseph Lyman, DVM, Neogen

3:00 P.M.
Quality Calf Programs Start with Quality Milk Replacer
Speaker: Dr. Bob James, Down Home Heifer Solutions

4:00 P.M.
Clean Water and Cow Comfort – Key to Dairy Profitability
Speaker: Ross Thurston, Livestock Water Recycling, Inc.

Farm Show Dairy Tour:  Elkhorn and Milky Way Dairies

$45 – box lunch selection

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Elkhorn and Milky Way dairies are located north of Visalia. This tour will highlight the technology and state-of-the-art facilities used by California dairies. At Elkhorn Dairy, learn about the carousel milking parlor which milks 3,300 cows, three times each day. The tour will also include a visit the 5-acre solar farm that provides electricity for the operation. At Milky Way Dairy, see how operators use a herringbone-pattern milking parlor to manage two herds, each milking three times per day.


DeLaval World Ag Expo Farm Tour to Rotary Parlor Dairies

Dairy producers are invited to a tour of two rotary parlor farms in Pixley and Tipton, CA on February 15, 2018 in conjunction with World Ag Expo.

Departing from Tulare, a bus will take the tour group to Four J Farms and Jerseys and Robert Vander Eyk and Sons Dairy. “We know a lot of our large-herd customers are looking towards rotaries, or even robots, as they face labor challenges and look to milk more cows, more quickly,” says Gavin Strang, DeLaval Market Development Manager. “Producers on our tour will be able to see how their peers are doing it as they consider what might work for them at home. Those interested in robots can stop by our booth at the show to see how our VMS preg-checks.”

Four J Farms and Jerseys, owned and operated by Ryan Junio, has been a familiar name to the Central Valley since the 1920’s. They installed their rotary parlor in November of 2014. Four J Farms relies heavily on genomics to continually grow and improve the herd, further maximizing productivity and efficiency.

Vander Eyk Dairy in Pixley, CA is run by Robert Vander Eyk and his two sons. Established in 1982, they are currently milking in a herringbone parlor. The farm is adding a 72-stall parallel rotary to enhance efficiency and cow comfort. The PR3100HD features high-capacity milking, high-quality and heavy-duty materials, and low operating costs.

Rotary systems are some of the most efficient on the market today. DeLaval rotaries are designed to encourage fast milk let-down and milk-out, easy platform entrance and exit, and improved milker comfort.

The bus will load at 9 AM in front of the Heritage Complex fountain on the World Ag Expo grounds, and will return by 2 PM. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Producers and industry members planning to attend should register on the DeLaval website, or stop by the DeLaval booth at the show: DS93-96.


Three Award Winning New Products

Results are in for World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America. An impressive field of cutting-edge, cost-saving, and resource-managing products were submitted for the contest by exhibitors of the largest annual agricultural show of its kind. The contest judges were made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals. The Top-10 New Products competition is once again sponsored by Bank of America, which has an industry leading agribusiness group that delivers end-to-end banking and finance solutions to ag producers and related businesses.  Info on all Top Ten can be found at the show’s website

These two are of particular interest to dairy producers.

Cargill Animal Nutrition - Reveal® Analysis
Elk River, MN

Reveal® Analysis service from Cargill is the first to offer instant, lab quality forage analysis via a convenient handheld device and smartphone app. By combining Cargill’s global forage database with SCiO, the world’s first pocket-sized connected micro-spectrometer, dairy producers now have the power of our lab in the palm of their hands. Industry experts have identified improved dry matter management as a top area of opportunity for improving feed efficiency. Dairy producers can now quickly determine the dry matter of their forage to make ration adjustments in real-time. The service empowers users to analyze an unlimited number of forage samples. Forage can be analyzed by anyone on the farm, at any time. The app saves an electronic record of each analysis that can be conveniently labeled and shared via text or email. In addition, Reveal® will be showcasing an exciting new milk analysis capability at World Ag Expo, giving dairy producers the ability to also instantly analyze raw milk for fat, protein and total solids. Visit our World Ag Expo booth 6408 in the Farm Credit Dairy Center to see a live demonstration and experience the game changing power of a lab analysis in the palm of your hand!

Exhibit Space: Farm Credit Dairy Center 6408

Environmental Technologies Inc - Thymox Footbath 1p
Selah, WA

Thymox is a highly concentrated liquid footbath effective at controlling hairy heel warts (digital dermatitis). Hairy heel warts (Digital Dermatitis, a highly contagious infection) have been plaguing the life of dairy farmers for over 30 years, and the disease is now the second most costly infectious disease found in dairies, after mastitis. Unlike mastitis, hairy heel warts do not have an easy treatment. To control the disease multiple measures must be used, among which are footbaths. The conventional footbath treatments, Copper Sulfate and Formalin, are becoming more and more difficult to tolerate: Copper Sulfate is not biodegradable, and will slowly make crop land sterile and less productive, while Formalin is biodegradable, it is also carcinogenic, and presents a major health hazard when shipped and handled. Both chemicals are becoming scrutinized at the state level. Thymox Footbath 1P is a replacement solution for dairy farmers who want to protect their health and their land. Unlike Copper Sulfate and Formalin, Thymox Footbath 1P has the advantage of not burning the skin. It instead allows the wounds to heal naturally. Natural healing helps prevents future infection on the hoof, which in turn reduces the risk of infection of other cows. The active ingredient in Thymox, thymol, is found in thyme oil. It is a highly potent antimicrobial compound, yet is safe enough to put in food. The product has also been registered in Canada as the only drug to control Hairy Heel Warts.

Exhibit Space: DX40, DX41