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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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  • Continuing with a project we started earlier in the year – 20 Questions with 14 Dairy Farmers – we are excited to introduce Sarah Van Orden. She’s a young, passionate and driven dairy farmer who also tends to pigs and chickens, but could be described as a workhorse – wait until to hear what she […]

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  • Land is a farmer’s most valuable asset. It can make or break any farm just by the types of soils. In New York, we are fortunate to have some of the most productive land in the nation, with soils that are typically well-drained and rich in organic matter. But we’re the lucky ones. Not everyone […]

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  • We have received lots of different stories from visitors of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center and thought I’d share this one from Dee Dolph, an intern with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County. All Dee wanted to see this summer while working with farms was a calf being born, and she finally was able […]

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  • 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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