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World Dairy Expo 2018: Bachman joins World Dairy Expo as trade show coordinator

Published on 28 September 2018

World Dairy Expo is pleased to welcome Becky Bachman to the staff as trade show coordinator.

Backy BachmanBachman’s responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of sponsorship and trade show management, from corresponding with past, present and prospective exhibitors to floor plan design and sponsor deliverables.



Bachman joins the World Dairy Expo team with firsthand experience as a trade show exhibitor at the annual event through a previous role with Fabick Cat.

For more than a decade, she planned, promoted and executed the company’s participation in up to 30 trade shows per year while also planning grand opening events and annual open houses. Most recently, Bachman has worked as the event marketing manager with Sonic Foundry in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Becky brings to WDE firsthand experience participating in trade shows at a national and international level,” says Scott Bentley, World Dairy Expo general manager. “She is acutely aware of the importance of generating impactful show leads for the exhibiting companies.”

World Dairy Expo honors 2018 Outstanding Dairy Leaders

World Dairy Expo is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Expo Recognition Awards to be formally presented at the 52nd annual event in October. The honorees were nominated and selected by their peers for their contributions and excellence in the dairy industry and their community. The 2018 honorees are:

Jeannette Sheehan



Dairywoman of the Year
Jeannette Sheehan, Sheeknoll Farms, Rochester, Minnesota

Pete Kappelman


Dairyman of the Year
Pete Kappelman, Meadow Brook Dairy Farms LLC, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Dan Hornickel



Industry People of the Year
Dr. Dan Hornickel and


Chris Keim


Dr. Chris Keim, Sunshine Genetics Inc., Whitewater, Wisconsin


Alastair Pearson


International Person of the Year
Alastair Pearson, World Wide Sires China Co. Ltd, Beijing, China

These dairy leaders will be recognized at World Dairy Expo’s Dinner with the Stars, Oct. 3, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Prior to the banquet, the WDE Welcome Reception returns this year to give all expo stakeholders and attendees the opportunity to celebrate and interact with these honorees while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Wolfe family named 2018 McKown Master Breeder

Wolfe family

The Klussendorf Memorial Association announced the Wolfe family of Ovaltop Holsteins in Richfield Springs, New York, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award. For a decade, this award has recognized an individual or family’s ability, character, endeavor and sportsmanship while experiencing success in the show ring as an exhibitor and judge.

The Wolfes will be formally recognized during the heifer portion of the International Holstein Show at the 52nd World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on Oct. 5.

Ovaltop Holsteins, owned and developed by Howard, Ginny and Mike Wolfe, has bred 170 Excellent and 427 Very Good cows since its 1929 founding. Their commitment to an exceptional type and production herd has helped the family garner 28 consecutive Progressive Breeder of Registry awards in New York. Today’s Ovaltop herd consists of 90 cows with a rolling herd average of 26,519 pounds of milk and a Breed Age Average of 110.3.

Prior to this recognition, the Wolfe family has won multiple premier breeder and premier exhibitor banners at local, regional and state shows across the Northeast. Howard and Ginny were recognized as the 2000 New York State Active Master Breeders and, in 2011, Ginny was named the “Friend of New York Holstein.”

The Ovaltop owners, in addition to Mike’s brother Doug, show they’re dedicated to the success of their farm, their community, and their local and state Holstein associations through continued involvement and support.

Past winners of the Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award include Wendon Holsteins, Innisfail, Alberta, Canada, 2017; Ferme Jacobs Inc., Cap-Santé, Quebec, 2016; Walk-Era, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 2015; Pond View Farm, Danville, Vermont, 2014; Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, Ontario, 2013; New Windsor Farm, New Windsor, Maryland, 2012; Moondale, Monona, Iowa, 2011; Snider Homestead, New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, 2010; and Windy Knoll View, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, 2009.  end mark

—Excerpts from World Dairy Expo press releases