by Ken Root & Whitney Flach
The Dairy Industry has changed a great deal over the past generation. Farms are fewer and larger. Technology has replaced labor, and breeding programs have continued to produce cows who give more milk.
As World Dairy Expo got underway Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin, the Expo began celebrating 50 years. Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Bransel says World Dairy Expo has grown substantially since the first Expo 50 years ago. “Back then it was nothing like it is today. There is so much to see here, and so many people to interact with. It’s just unbelievable what it’s grown in to. ” Now, he says attendee’s to World Dairy Expo travel from all over the world.
World Dairy Expo comes at a time this year as Wisconsin agriculture is battling a glut of rain over the last month. He says the Wisconsin Agriculture Department is working with farmers needing help. “We are working with individual farms that call our farm center and try to find the specific help they are looking for. We try to do the best we can to help them through this difficult time,” Bransel concluded.