Cool, dry weather helped draw an estimated 45,000 visitors to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at Statz Bros Inc. dairy farm in Sun Prairie last week. Throughout the three-day event, dozens of CALS/UW-Extension faculty and staff were on-site to answer questions and offer expert advice. The Alumni Tent, which was shared by CALS, UW-Platteville and other institutions, offered a reception at 1:00 p.m. each day featuring Babcock Hall cheese and Bucky’s Butchery meats. Dean Kate gave welcome remarks at Wednesday’s reception, which was hosted by CALS.

Farm Tech Day visitors took advantage of the event’s field demos and farm tour, with about 1/3 of event attendees participating in one or both of these activities. The field demos allowed people to see farm equipment in action, while the farm tour provided an inside look at the Statz dairy operations, including a bus ride through the free-stall barns that house the farm’s nearly 4,000 milk cows and a stop to view the 100-cows-at-a-time milking parlor.

You can take a CALS-centric “narrated tour” of the event by reading the captions in this CALS Facebook album. More photos are available on the CALS Flickr Page. For a great overview of this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days event, check out this Agri-View story.

Carrie Laboski and Mark Renz
Mark Renz (far left), associate professor of agronomy, stops to talk with Carrie Laboski (far right), professor of soil science, at the “Soils Experts” booth.
Farm tour barn
The tour bus drives through the barn on the Farm Tour, a popular attraction at Farm Technology Days that gives visitors a glimpse into the workings of the host farm. This year’s host, the Statz Bros, Inc. dairy farm, has 6,200 acres and nearly 4,000 cows.