The Canadian Dairy XPO (CDX) returns for its fifth year at the Stratford Rotary Complex April 5 & 6.
This year the show coincides with the Spring Discovery Show in Ancaster (April 3 to 6) and the National Holstein Convention in Markham (April 5 to 8). With three national dairy events happening in southwestern Ontario during the same week, CDX general manager Jordon Underhill expects 15,000 people to visit the two-day industry showcase.
In this interview, Underhill explains that CDX will again feature cutting-edge innovations from around the globe, including technology providers from Israel, the Netherlands, UK, Germany and Ireland. Overall, CDX will feature 350 dairy companies from 30 different countries.
For 2017, CDX is also going virtual as DeLaval showcases its Virtual Euro Farm Tours in the WeCover Cow Coliseum. The Purina Dairy Classroom will feature some of its greatest hits from past CDX shows. Returning by popular demand is CowSignals owner Joep Driessen and The Incredible Dr. Pol. On April 5, the classroom will host an interactive tactical business workshop with help from five successful business professionals tackling key aspects of dairy farm management. On April 6, the classroom will bring together a heifer calf development panel hosted by Dr. Jodi Wallace.
CDX is also adding a genomics education centre and a 4-H heifer calf sale, says Underhill who notes the importance of having a strong 4-H presence at the show. Visitors will be able to show their support by purchasing Mueller Ice Cream Bars at a unique on-site retail store operated by 4-H.