Each year at World Dairy Expo, the â€œcream of the cropâ€ in several categories are honored â€“ not only cows, but people too!
Among the honorees this yearÂ at the annual â€œDinner with the Starsâ€ banquet was International Dairy Person of the Year Dr. Abelardo Martinez, who is editor and publisher ofÂ Hoardâ€™s Dairyman en Español, Tlalnepantla, Mexico.
Martinez has been the publisher and editor of Hoardâ€™s Dairyman en Español since it was started in 1994. â€œThatâ€™s my main occupation, but Iâ€™m also a veterinarian, a writer and an adviser for dairy farms in several countries all over Latin America,â€ said Martinez, who says it is an honor to be named International Person of the Year for the dairy industry. â€œI have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to promote the dairy industry, not only through my medicine but through my teaching career and the dairy farms where I have been able to have some influence.â€
Martinez has served in industry leadership positions, including general secretary of the Mexican Association of Bovine Practitioners and president of the Expo Leche Conference.