Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has added a new dairy event, which will allow dairy farmers to get together in person after its 2021 main show was cancelled again due to the pandemic.
Outdoor Dairy Days will happen Sept. 21 and 22 and came out of discussions with the dairy industry about the need for farmers to be together in person at a focused event that creates high value for them and industry partners.
The in-person, outdoor event is in partnership with Progressive Dairy Operators and will be located on the Discovery Farm site in Woodstock, Ont., home of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Over the course of two days, industry partners will offer hands-on tips and ideas while demonstrating dairy farm technology in action.
“Outdoor Dairy Days in 2021 will be unlike anything that we’ve seen before – it will feature close interaction between producers and industry leaders,” said Cees Haanstra, chair, Progressive Dairy Operators. “We are confident that we can deliver a high value experience, and that this event will offer new ideas and create new partnerships that will benefit dairy farms across Canada.”
The event will bring dairy farmers together after a year and a half without large, in-person dairy events and provide the opportunity to explore advanced technology, equipment and products in the unique outdoor setting at Outdoor Dairy Days. The number of attendees will be limited in order to manage COVID-19 protocols and meet provincial guidelines.
“We are most looking forward to bringing the industry back together to network. The outdoor site at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show provides an excellent place for that to happen safely as pandemic restrictions ease,” said Doug Wagner, president of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. "Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has a history of hosting interactive demonstrations that mimic the use of technology on farms. We’re excited to bring that unique value to the dairy sector at Outdoor Dairy Days.”
Attendees must pre-register for the event due to COVID-19 protocol management. More information and registration can be found at https://outdoor-dairy-days.eventbrite.com.
Organizers say that,” the safety of guests, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, staff, suppliers and local communities is of the utmost importance. COVID-19 protocols and extra sanitation measures will be followed for this in-person event in accordance with the Ontario health orders of the day. This includes our guidelines regarding number of guests and masking.”