World Dairy Expo Honors Dairy Leaders

The well deserving recipients of the World Dairy Expo, 2018 Expo Recognition Awards have been selected. 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 as follows:

Dairy Woman of the Year

  • Jeanette Sheehan, Sheeknoll Farms, Rochester, Minn.

Dairyman of the Year

  • Pete Kappelman, Meadow Brook Dairy Farms, LLC, Two Rivers, Wis.

Industry Person of the Year

  • Dr. Dan Hornickel and Dr. Chris Keim, Sunshine Genetics, Inc., Whitewater, Wis.

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, October 3, 2018, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Banquet tickets are available by contacting the World Dairy Expo office at 608-224-6455 or Prior to the banquet, the World Dairy Expo Welcome Reception returns to give all Expo stakeholders and attendees the opportunity to celebrate and interact with these honorees while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wisconsin for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display.

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