Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Our last farmer to be featured at the 2014 Dairy Cow Birthing Center is Joel Riehlman, who co-owns Venture Farms in Fabius, NY with his business partner, Chip Engst. Joel and Chip care for over 1,700 cows on two locations. Joel said, “I can see myself doing this for a very long time. It’s what […]




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  • While many dairy farms across New York State have evolved from small mom-and-pop operations to larger, extended family operations, dairy farmers are progressive and passionate people. They love their job, which is to care for their animals and the land, as well as their family, and they take that responsibility seriously. Today, we feature Barbland […]




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  • Dairy farming. “It’s not just a job you go to. It’s a lifestyle,” says Russ Beck, our next farmer in this six part series, titled “Pride and Progress”, produced for the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair. Russ is a 4th generation dairy farmer, milking 1,500 cows on his family’s farm […]




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  • On August 25, 2014, we experienced a first at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. After checking a full-term cow, we realized that there was a problem. First, we thought she may be carrying twins, then it was determined by the veterinarian that this calf was probably deformed and an emergency c-section would be required to […]




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  • As we enter Day 5 of the New York State Fair, we welcome Steve Palladino of Walnut Ridge Dairy, a multi-family farm in Tompkins County. In this short video, Steve reflects on his first calf, named Kirby, that was given to him by his grandfather. Reminiscing about his time on his grandfather’s farm and hanging […]




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  • Every other day, a different farm is featured at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair. Today, we welcome Scipio Springs Dairy in Cayuga County, New York. This 800-cow farm is owned and operated by Jon Gilbert and Bill Morgan who are first generation farmers, starting out in an open soybean […]




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  • Today’s featured farm at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center is Merrell Dairy of Wolcott, New York. The Merrell family milk 2,700 cows and milk them on a rotary parlor, which their son described as a “merry-go-round”. Karen Merrell, owner of the farm with her husband, Jon, says, “One of the things that I really enjoy […]




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  • The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) is pleased to report that the popular Dairy Cow Birthing Center is not only returning to the New York State Fair, but it will be bigger and better. “The tent is up, the bleachers are in and the cows are home resting comfortably, getting ready for their big […]




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  • As wonderful as the Dairy Cow Birthing Center is, it wouldn’t be anything without the cows! The cows are really the most instrumental aspect of the exhibit and we are fortunate enough to have another six local dairy farms who are willing to share their animals with us (and all of you) in order to […]




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  • Many of you know that I am a relatively new mom. My children will be 2 and 4 in October. We are dairy farmers – 4th generation to be exact. My parents never discouraged me from being a farmer, but they also encouraged me to see what else is out there. I swore early on […]




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