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DBweekly 4 MEET WORLD DAIRY EXPO’S TEAM Countless hours go into putting on World Dairy Expo, but a staff of 11 get the job done year after year. Veteran and new staff members share their insights in this DairyBusiness Weekly roundtable. By Kayla Jentz Four new Dairy Expo employees have joined the staff since last year’s event, supported by a veteran team with more than 70 years of com- bined Dairy Expo experience. DairyBusiness Communications asked the rookies and veter- ans to share insights and experiences leading up to this year’s World Dairy Expo. Following are some excerpts. You can find an expanded version at was the most cows I had ever seen at a show before. Ann Marie Magnochi, Cattle Show Manager: I have two vivid Expo memories. My initial memory is attending the 1995 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. We fin- ished 9th overall, winning the Holstein breed. The second memory comes from 2011 – the first time I stepped on the colored shavings as an exhibitor. I had built What’s your first ‘Expo’ memory? up in my head what that moment would be like Scott Bently, General Manager: I recall the from a very early age, and the awe and gran- long drive from Iowa, and being overwhelmed deur I had envisioned as a youngster did not World Dairy Expo’s staff members have been by the experience of watching my first show disappoint. working year-round to put on dairy’s main event, Crystal McNett, Trade Show & Project Oct. 1-5, in Madison, Wis. Staff members include: from the ringside railing. It is still my favorite place to watch a class. Coordinator: I remember going to Expo as a (back row, left to right) Crystal McNett, Laurie Breuch, Scott Bentley and Janet Keller; (mid- Carrie Jo Leum, Project Specialist: My young child with my family. Each year we would dle row) Susan Orth, Ann Marie Magnochi and first Expo memory is walking around the barns sit in the same section of the Coliseum with our Ruth Stampfl; and (front row) Carrie Jo Leum, Liz with my parents when I was little and being neighbors to watch the Holstein show. A grilled Matzke, Annette Ziegler and Kelly Bienfang. cheese sandwich from the Badger Dairy Club (Photo by Bill Fritsch) amazed at how many animals were there! It Countdown to WORLD DAIRY EXPO 7. General information: Make your plans, chart your course and get your boarding pass. 6. Virtual tours: Take a five-day, eight-stop tour without leaving the grounds. 5. Cattle shows and sales (and a look at some past champions): 2,500 cattle, and colored shavings. 4. Seminars: Cutting-edge management, production and forage information. 3. WDE staff: Whether out front or behind the scenes, these folks make the event ‘go’ 2. Meet the (16) dairy cattle show judges (and some ‘Stars’) 1. Get a Trade Show overview, and meet our DairyBusiness and HolsteinWorld staff accompanying you on your journey to the ‘Center of the Dairy Universe’
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