As the 2014 World Dairy Expo got underway today in Madison, Wisconsin, state and county officials joined New Holland executives and other industry partners in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the grand opening of the New Holland Livestock Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center, which hosts the World Dairy Expo.

New Holland Agriculture and New Holland Construction secured naming rights for the new livestock pavilions last year, and construction of the New Holland Livestock Pavilions began in April 2014. The $24.9 million state-of-the-art pavilions, which replace aging barn facilities, span more than 290,000 square feet and will be home to a variety of dairy and livestock animals housed during shows and expositions held on the Alliant Energy Center grounds throughout the year. This includes the award-winning and prized cows housed during the World Dairy Expo, the world's premier dairy event.

The front of the facility includes a reception area that features a display of the latest New Holland equipment and other information on the state-of-the-art equipment offered for dairy and livestock operators.

"New Holland's legacy is strong in haytools, tractors and skid steer loaders that hard-working dairy and livestock producers use every day," says Abe Hughes, New Holland Agriculture and Construction Vice President of North America. “We’re thrilled to help sponsor this important upgrade to this site and to have New Holland’s name on the buildings that are the premier livestock facilities in the country.”

In addition to the World Dairy Expo, the Alliant Energy Center is home to the Midwest Horse Fair as well as numerous other dairy, beef, horse and other livestock exhibitions. The two new multi-use pavilions include indoor show rings and riding arenas and have the capacity to comfortably house and care for more than 2,000 head of livestock with indoor and covered outdoor wash racks, covered manure storage, and ample water and electric capabilites.

The facilities can also be cleared to create open space to accommodate fairs, trade shows and training events with a banquet area, concession stands, restrooms, WIFI, and a high-quality public address system.

With the addition of the New Holland Pavilions, every livestock and agriculture association needs to consider Alliant Energy Center and Madison, Wisconsin, when looking for a place to hold their next event,” says Mark Clarke, Alliant Energy Center Executive Director. “These pavilions give us the tool in our tool belt we have not had before. They allow us the opportunity to offer world-class facilities that the users deserve. We appreciate New Holland's leadership in this successful public/private partnership.”