The Dairy Cow Birthing Center is gearing up for another great New York State Fair. This exhibit has quickly become one of the most popular exhibits on the fairgrounds, attracting nearly a quarter of a million people last year who all stuck around to witness the miracle of life – the birth of a baby calf. In total, 36 calves were born at the State Fair in 2014.
This year, we have 36 “mothers-to-be” ready to travel to the State Fair to allow fairgoers the opportunity to witness an “udder miracle”. These cows will come from 6 family farms in nearby Cayuga and Onondaga Counties and who all belong to the Cayuga Marketing Group. The owners and employees of these farms will not only be sharing their animals with this exhibit, they will also sharing their passion for dairy farming and their personal stories in person as they accompany their animals to the fair.
The following six farms will be featured for two days each at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center and will each provide six expecting dairy cows. They are:
• Aug. 26-28, 2015 – Fessenden Dairy, King Ferry, NY
• Aug. 28-30, 2015 – Twin Birch Farm, Skaneateles, NY
• Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2015 – Patterson Farms, Auburn, NY
• Sept. 1-3, 2015 – Oakwood Dairy, Auburn, NY
• Sept. 3-5 – Aurora Ridge Dairy, Aurora, NY
• Sept. 5-7 – Spruce Haven Farm, Union Springs, NY
In addition to their animals and presence at the State Fair, these farms will also be featured in a short video that will debut at the exhibit and online. The videos will provide a quick glimpse of the farm and how these dairy cows live at home, as well as a virtual introduction to the farmers themselves.
The Dairy Cow Birthing Center is a free educational exhibit, hosted and organized by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, in cooperation with the Cornell Vet School. The exhibit showcases 3 live births daily, and offers fairgoers the opportunity to interact and converse with dozens of volunteers from the dairy industry. To follow the exhibit and births daily, follow NYAAC on Facebook or Twitter or the hashtag, #uddermiracles, or log onto www.uddermiracles.com to watch a 24-7 live webcam of the exhibit.
New York is the fourth leader producer of milk in the nation with over 5,000 family farms and over 625,000 cows. The birth of a calf signifies the beginning of not only a new life, but the beginning of milk production for a cow.