School Tours

Evansville FFA

Fourth grade students in the greater Madison area and beyond are invited to meet the global dairy industry at World Dairy Expo while on a fun, interactive guided tour of the annual event. Students will see dairy cattle from across the United States and Canada while learning about animal nutrition, cow comfort and the role dairy plays in a balanced diet. In addition, the tour includes stops to witness the latest dairy technology and innovations from around the globe.

The 2019 World Dairy Expo School Tours will be Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3.

Tour Stations Include:

A Cow’s Kitchen – touch, smell and examine the plants, by-products and other components found in dairy cattle diets with an expert from the United States Department of Agriculture

Amo las vacas – discover how the global dairy industry talks about cows as students learn how to say dairy terms in multiple languages

Expo’s Showring – watch the pageantry unfold on the colored shavings while hearing about what it takes to compete at World Dairy Expo and why the cattle all look a little different

Milk Break – each student will receive a goodie bag provided by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin plus a nutritious snack of Kemps LLC milk and Sargento Foods, Inc. or Baker Cheese, Inc. string cheese while visiting the School Tour Tent

Milking Parlor – learn how cows are milked and the steps the dairy industry takes to ensure high-quality, nutritious food products while exploring the BouMatic milking parlor

The Winning Combination: Dairy and Exercise – meet Alice in Dairyland and tackle the Fuel Up to Play 60 program as you learn how dairy products and exercise work together to build muscles and create a healthy lifestyle

Additional optional stops:

Dairy Technology – from a robot milking a cow to a drone looking at plants, Expo’s Trade Show is filled with new STEM advancements waiting to be discovered

The Salon: watch as cows are treated to a bath or haircut in the New Holland Pavilions in preparation of the show

Cost

Thanks to our generous supporters, this fun day outside of the classroom can be enjoyed for free. Each tour typically lasts two to two-and-a-half hours.

Bus Route/Parking

Buses are required to enter/exit the Alliant Energy Center through specific gates for easy drop-off at the tour station. Reserved bus parking is also available. Click here to view the map of the bus route (PDF).

Guides and Chaperones

We happily provide your class with an industry expert to serve as your tour guide for the day, ensuring you get the most out of your time at World Dairy Expo. Additionally, all groups are required to provide chaperone guidance. It is recommended to have at least one chaperone for every five students attending the tour.

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Educational Resources

We proudly work with Wisconsin Dairy Council and Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom to provide educational resources. 

Registration

Space is limited, schools are scheduled on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Registration opens June 1 and closes September 5.

To get a first-hand agricultural experience at the world's only dairy industry focused event, click the image. 

For questions on the World Dairy Expo School Tour Program, contact Cassi Miller at 608-224-6455 or cmiller@wdexpo.com.