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Idaho dairies to be toured

MADISON, Wis. -- The Prfessional Dairy producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) invite you to their Idaho Dairy Tour, Sept. 25-26 to explore Idaho's Magic Valley, home for 70 percent of the state's cows and a region that provides excellent feed availability, a generally cool year-round climate to keep cows happy, with good water and land availability. Tour stops include:
• three state-of-the-art dairies
• two innovative dairy processing plants
• a 38,800-head custom-calf business

More specifically, you’ll see:
• Bettencourt Dairies has eight milking facilities, more than 42,000 milking cows and 7500 heifers. Bettencourt Dairies' owners, partners and staff embrace the farm's motto: "If you get up every day and enjoy what you're doing, it's not a job; it's a hobby."
• Double A Dairy milks 13,000 Holsteins and is part of the Aardema Group which has 30,000 milk cows and 24,000 heifers. The tour will look at the dairy's anaerobic digest system completed in 2011. This digester is the largest in the United States, processing more than 500,000 gallons of manure daily.
• Idaho Milk Products is the vision of three American dairy families that has become and international milk processing leader. The company is the world's largest dedicated milk protein concentrate and milk protein isolate processing plant.
• Crestview Calves has expanded significantly through the years and today has three locations housing 38,800 calves.
• Si-Ellen is a family owned dairy milking 10,500 Holsteins and 600 Jerseys. I Si-Ellen was honored this year as the Outstanding Dairy Producers of the Year.
• Glanbia Foods, a U.S. division of Glanbia, PLC, is the world's largest producer of American-style cheese. You can be among the first to view the company's new Cheese Innovation Center.

You may register for the tour online at http://pdpw.org/programs_and_events.php to reserve your seat. The cost for PDPW members is $399/person. For non-members it’s $499/person. The registration fee covers tours, transportation, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner both tour days. Transportation to and from Twin Falls, Idaho, and hotel are the registrant's responsibility.

Book early to reserve your room with PDPW at the Red Lion Hotel Canyon Springs.