The event marks 45 years that Jersey breeders have competed on the colored shavings at Expo.
Source: World Dairy Expo news release
World Dairy Expo announced today it will host the International Jersey Show in 2012.
"Jersey breeders have competed at World Dairy Expo for 45 years, since the very first show in Madison in 1967," World Dairy Expo’s news release said. "The quantity of Jersey show entries has grown steadily over time and today’s competition draws in over 360 animals that compete on the colored shavings. In addition, the appeal of this breed in recent years to domestic and international Jersey enthusiasts has risen dramatically."
"This is a tribute to the Jersey dairy cattle exhibitors, as the quality of that breed show at World Dairy Expo continues to get better each year," said General Manager Mark Clarke. "We were quite pleased that the American Jersey Cattle Association board of directors raised the Expo Jersey Show to international status. It makes sense as the best Jerseys from the United States and Canada travel to Madison each fall, making it truly an international competition."
"The superior efficiency of the Jersey has captured the attention of profit-minded dairymen across the globe," says Neal Smith, executive secretary and chief executive officer of the American Jersey Cattle Association. "By all measures--especially semen sales--demand for the Jersey is rapidly growing.
"Dairymen expect to see Jersey’s best at World Dairy Expo," Smith added. "They can because of the strong turn-out for the Jersey show from top U.S. and Canadian breeders, and because the world’s best A.I. companies go all out in the trade show to feature their Jersey bull line-ups. In every respect, World Dairy Expo is an international Jersey marketplace."
In recent years, the Central National Jersey show has grown to become the second-largest breed show at World Dairy Expo. Over the last 20 years, the Jersey show has doubled the number of animals shown. Jersey exhibitors traveled to Expo from 24 states and four provinces to compete in 2011.
World Dairy Expo is recognized as the largest dairy-focused event in the world. Dairy producers from around the globe are invited to experience the event that includes elite dairy cattle competition, Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours, youth contests, forage and dairy product championships and over 800 exhibiting dairy companies featuring the latest in dairy research, technologies, products and services. The 2012 World Dairy Expo theme will be "Market Fresh" and will be held Oct. 2–6 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Visit www.worlddairyexpo.com
or call 608/224-6455 for further details.