Author Archives Jessica Ziehm

  • 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 […]

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  • If you ask any farm kid what their favorite part of summer is, you will more than likely hear about attending the county fair with their favorite calf. (It was mine!) Well, farmkids across the countryside are once again gearing up for fair season. To do so, you must first pick the perfect animal – […]

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  • The Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program awarded $8,000 to the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) to support its Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair. Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement is a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank. “Farm Credit is pleased to provide support to the […]

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  • Eleven years ago, a group of farmers got together to discuss the creation of a new organization – one that would advocate for livestock farms and the modern production methods they used. The need was prompted by an undercover attack on a fellow farmer and the industry recognized the need to react. So in January […]

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  • When the weather breaks, the snow melts and the temperatures start to rise, farmers get the itch to get out and “play”. Whether it’s hooking the tractor up to the plows or harrows, seeing the stacks of seed waiting to be planted or the greening of the grass – it’s tough to hold a farmer […]

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  • Farms today are faced with a number of challenges ranging from labor, regulations, weather, disease, markets and more. But the issue that seems to plague animal agriculture the most and be the root of all evil is narrow-mindedness. Currently, there is an outpouring of support for a small, pasture-based farm, West Wind Acres in Glenville, […]

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  • For those of you who, like me, don’t like to skimp on the “good stuff” (and I’m talking about the creamy, delicious “good stuff”), this story is for you. It says that people who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than people who stick to low-fat […]

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  • Providing a roof over the heads of our animals is easier said than done this year. Record-breaking snow totals are crushing barns throughout the State, leaving dairy farmers discouraged and working extra long hours to either prevent or repair problems in record-breaking cold temperatures this winter. As New Yorkers, we are used to receiving snow. […]

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  • The Dairy Cow Birthing Center was honored once again by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). Announced this week at IAFE’s annual convention in Las Vegas, the unique and free exhibit that showcases the birth of baby calves at the New York State Fair, earned second place honors in the competition called “Special […]

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  • He’s a family man and contributor to his local community. He has a nurturing soul, is attentive details and puts the needs of others before his own. He’s an eternal optimist. He’s a workhorse, so to speak. He is humble, yet passionate. He’s simple, yet oversees a complex enterprise. He represents the past, present and […]

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