The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County and Advanced Comfort Technology (ACT, Inc.), the Wisconsin-based company home of Dual Chamber Cow Waterbeds (DCC Waterbeds), hosted a group of 13 community leaders from Tepatitlan, Mexico, at the state-of-the art Laufenberg Farms. The leaders' visit to the Waunakee dairy farm was part of an Official Visit by the Mexican delegation to the City of Madison, part of the Madison/Tepatitlan Sister City Program.

“Business leaders in Tepatitlan have been attending Madison’s World Dairy Expo for more than a decade, as both cities are home to large agriculture and dairy industries,” said Antonio Molina Rivas, vice president of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County and host of the official visit.

“Having the dairy tour as part of this visit made a lot of sense as Tepatitlan leaders are looking to see the latest U.S. dairy technology to improve milk production practices in Mexico.”

The Tepatitlan delegation included that city’s mayor, members of the city council, and leaders in business and education.

Laufenberg Farms, a 150-cow dairy located just outside Madison, is part of a growing number of innovative dairy farms using the latest in technology to provide the most comfortable environment for its dairy cows.


The farm's cow-comfort and dairy management solutions include DCC Waterbeds, the use of robotic milking units, cross-ventilated barns and slat flooring.

Click here to see a video of Laufenberg Farms from the 2011 Vita Plus Dairy Summit.

ACT, Inc., was happy to partner with the Latino Chamber to host the afternoon farm tour and to support the international exchange of information.

Amy Throndsen, director of marketing for ACT, Inc, said, “We hope that the delegates were able to see some exciting alternatives to traditional dairying methods through this experience, including the impact DCC Waterbeds can have to improve cow comfort and dairy efficiency.”

The Sister City Program is part of an ongoing effort by the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the City of Madison, and Wisconsin leaders to help establish a strong cultural and informational dialogue between Wisconsin and Mexico. PD

—From Advanced Comfort Technology news release