World Dairy Expo® Virtual Farm Tours Highlight Unique Features

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have been bringing the best dairy operations in North America to Madison for more than 15 years. The eight dairies selected this year are no exception, highlighting topics ranging from technology and genetics to strong community ties and cow comfort. These virtual outings include a visual presentation led by the farm’s owner or manager, with time for questions and an open discussion to follow. Tours are presented daily during World Dairy Expo, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall.


Sponsors of the 2018 Virtual Farm Tours include: American Jersey Cattle Association, Compeer Financial, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Mycogen Seeds, NC Dairy Advantage, Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC, QLF and Waikato Milking Systems.

Below is the schedule of tours this year.


Tuesday, October 2 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by: MasCow, Moscow, Kan.

Highlights: 3,500 milking/Youth Training

Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Agriculture


Wednesday, October 3 at 12 p.m.

Hosted by: Blue Star Dairy Farms, DeForest, Wis.

Highlights: 2,600 milking/Family-Run, Multi-Site Farm

Sponsored by: Compeer Financial


Wednesday, October 3 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by: VanderMade Dairy and FreshMade Dairy, Sherwood, Ohio

Highlights: 2,180 milking/Cow Comfort and Longevity

Sponsored by: Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC


Thursday, October 4 at 12 p.m.

Hosted by: Young’s Jersey Dairy Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio

Highlights: 35 milking/Value-Added Products and Agri-Tourism

Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association


Thursday, October 4 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by: Selz-Pralle Dairy, Humbird, Wis.

Highlights: 450 milking/Genetics and Production

Sponsored by: Mycogen Seeds


Friday, October 5 at 12 p.m.

Hosted by: Rocky Creek Dairy, Olin, N.C.

Highlights: 1,240 milking/Milk Quality

Sponsored by: NC Dairy Advantage


Friday, October 5 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by: McCarty Family Farms, LLC, Colby, Kan.

Highlights: 12,000 milking/Non-GMO Ration

Sponsored by: QLF


Saturday, October 6 at 12 p.m.

Hosted by: Benthem Brothers Inc., McBain, Mich.

Highlights: 2,700 milking/Rotary Parlor

Sponsored by: Waikato Milking Systems


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 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube for more information.