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BANNOCKBURN, IL -- DeLaval and Dairy Girl Network have jointly announced the formation of a strategic alliance. By becoming a sustaining level sponsor of the recently formed organization, DeLaval confirms its alignment with Dairy Girl Network’s mission to connect all women of the dairy industry, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. Dairy Girl Network is designed as a welcoming network of passionate women involved in dairy and believes that relationships will grow through shared experiences, support and inspiration. More information may be found at DeLaval’s booths 3011-3315 at World Dairy Expo, Oct. 4-8 in Madison, WI.

The talent pipeline shows a rising percentage of women entering agricultural degree programs, some of which point to more than 50% female attendees.  In addition, the number of female primary dairy producers is increasing while some estimates point to women composing 67% of secondary farm operators.  With this strategic partnership, both organizations are paving the way for a growing contingent of the dairy industry.

“DeLaval aims to be the premier company for women in dairy by the year 2018”, says Fernando Cuccioli, Vice President of Market Area North America for DeLaval, “I am very excited about our alliance with Dairy Girl Network since there is perfect alignment with our values and ambitions. As a leading company in the dairy industry, a key factor for our success is the diversity of our workforce. This includes the addition of more female professionals to our already large pool of talent.”

“The fast-growing Dairy Girl Network is posed to reach hundreds, if not thousands more dairywomen in the years ahead,” comments Laura Daniels, founder and president. “Thanks to DeLaval, we will strengthen Dairy Girl Network programming and continue the quest to reach more women in isolated areas.”

Dairy Girl Network’s first Forward TogetHER conference is scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in Minneapolis, MN and is expected to draw 400 attendees.  DeLaval will support the conference as well as other national and local events throughout the coming year.

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