Jersey Worlds Combine in 2009 tour coming to Dalhart
By Bailey Naugle
Dairymen and women from across the United States and around the world will be visiting numerous dairy facilities in the Dalhart area on June 23rd and 24th as part of the Jersey Worlds Combine tour.
The tour highlights advancements of Jersey cattle in dairy production and provides a networking venue for Jersey cattle breeders and dairymen.
Cherie Bayer, director of development for the American Jersey Cattle Association said, “We will all celebrate the grand success the Jersey breed has earned in recent years. Here in the U.S.A. and around the world, statistics will show the Jersey has never before been so profitable and so popular with breeders and dairymen alike.”
The two day tour in Dalhart and Hartley is the kickoff event for the conjoined annual meetings of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau, the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey.
Bayer explained that the Dalhart tour will provide a look at several successful, but very different Jersey operations. “Our agenda will feature farm tours where you will witness Jersey herds performing well in many different size operations,” she said.
International representatives from all aspects of the dairy industry are attending the tour to learn about the latest and most successful practices in Jersey dairy production. “There will be 42 international travelers from 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Jersey, New Zealand, South Africa, and England (United Kingdom),” Bayer said.
The group will begin their excursion with a guided tour of the Hilmar Cheese Company facility on Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s tour also includes stops at Avi-Lanche Jerseys; Deer Creek Feeding LLC; the Martin and Emily Boer Dairy, which is nearing completion; Full Circle Jerseys and an optional visit to Faria Brothers Dairy in Etter.
Wednesday’s tour entails visits to the Dalhart Jersey Ranch, the Cargill Sweet Bran facility, Hartley’s Omega Dairy, Van Ryn Dairy and G2 Dairy.
“Our association (the American Jersey Cattle Association) is most appreciative of the support being shown by the dairy producers in the Dalhart area who are going to host tours of their facilities, the support of Hilmar Cheese Company, and also the allied industry firms that are helping host various events while this group is in the area, “ she said.
Bayer thanked the community for supporting the tour, “We know that this group is going to be warmly welcomed by the Dalhart Ag community this week. We expect them to be tremendously impressed by the facilities and management that they will see at every stop along the way.”
After the tours in Dalhart and Hartley the meeting will proceed to Syracuse, New York for meetings July 1st through 4th. The event will conclude after additional facility tours in New England July 5th through 9th.