A recent dairy event that started only a few years ago has become more popular each year with Expo visitors. This year, the cow-milking competition will take place on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Come and see state agriculture commissioners from the Southeast compete in hand-milking competition. Pride weighs heavy in this fun event.

“This particular event is a great way to come out have some fun and is a great way to highlight the importance of the dairy industry in the states represented in the competition. … A lot of bragging rights goes with it, but come early if you want to stake out a place to see it and cheer because the area fills up fast during this competition,” Bernard said.

While visiting the dairy pavilion, all dairy heifer growers or dairy farms should register for a chance to win a Poly Square Calf Hut sponsored by PolyDome/Polytank, Inc.

The small, square calf hut measures 5 feet by 6 feet and comes complete with side door bucket holder, buckets, bottle holder vent cap, fence brackets and hardware package.

PolyDome features polyethylene products for use in raising farm animals such as huts, hutches and nurseries for calves, cattle and pigs, lick tanks, bulk bins and silo accessories, including the PolyDome Calf Warmer.

Dick Johanneck started Polytank, Inc., in 1972, doing custom roto-moulding. In 1977, he began making calf hutches which became known as Poly Dome Calf nurseries.

The agricultural products division of Polytank was later named PolyDome.

Since that time, Plytank and PolyDome have added more than 200 products to their line. Polytank has dealers across the United States, Canada and 10 foreign countries.

Several companies and organizations have signed up to exhibit in the dairy pavilion. These include Georgia Twine, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Mueller Company, Agri-King Nutrition, Inc., Georgia Milk Producers, Inc., Masters Choice, Octaform Systems, LIC USA (Livestock Improvement Corporation), Mobile Dairy Classroom. PolyDome/Polytank has an outside lot next to the Dairy Pavilion.

The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association and the Georgia Milk Producers will be serving milk and ice cream to Expo visitors. Representatives of both organizations will be available to answer questions about the dairy industry.

For people who want information about dairy or milk products and how they fit into nutrition and meals and learn the value of folks on value of milk and how to keep it safe and healthy, the dairy exhibit at Expo is the one-stop place,” Bernard said.

brad.haire@penton.com