It’s not exactly an exhibit that comes together overnight or even within a few weeks but the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair is one that is truly a labor of love that takes nearly an entire year to plan. When the State Fair opens on Wednesday, August 22, Ontario County dairy farms will be well represented as the host farms to provide “uddermiracles” to the visitors of the 6th annual Dairy Cow Birthing Center. This exhibit provides the opportunity to witness the true miracle of life, ask questions about agriculture and personally meet a farmer.
Host farms not only provide their cows for the exhibit, but also their time and it’s a process that the cows have been preparing for through their 9 months of pregnancy. The 36 “mothers-to-be” are gearing up for their travel to Syracuse where the birth of a calf signifies the beginning of not only a new life, but the beginning of milk production. New York is proud to be the third leading producer of milk in the nation with over 4,500 family farms and over 625,000 cows.
Be sure to head to the west end of the fairgrounds and check out the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. We’re number 41 on the fair maps and are located on the corner of Belle Isle and Broadway, just past the circus so be sure to come down and meet the farm owners and employees from the following farms:
- August 22-24, 2018 – Willow Bend Farm, Clifton Springs, NY
- August 25-26, 2018 – FaBa Farms, Canandaigua, NY
- August 27-28, 2018 – El-Vi Farms, Newark, NY
- August 29-30, 2018 – Will-O-Crest Farms, Clifton Springs, NY
- August 31-Sept. 1, 2018 – Lawnhurst Farms, Stanley, NY
- September 2-3, 2018 – Hemdale Farms, Seneca Castle, NY
Each farm will provide six expecting mothers and will share their passion for dairy farming and personal stories as they visit with all of you. These family farms are great examples of the dedication and commitment that it takes to farm in New York State. The farm owners, employees and numerous industry leaders will be available every day at the exhibit to answer your questions, share experiences on and off the farm, and help everyone better understand modern animal agriculture.
Can’t attend the New York State Fair? Follow the exhibit and births daily by subscribing to the NY Animal Ag Coalition (NYAAC) YouTube Channel (NY Animal Agriculture Coalition) to watch a 24-7 live webcam of the exhibit. You can also receive free text messages by simply texting MOO to 24587 and we’ll keep you updated every day. Updates will be posted on the NYAAC social media channels @NYAnimalAg and follow the hashtag, #uddermiracles. The Dairy Cow Birthing Center is a free educational exhibit, hosted and organized by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition with funding and support from the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association, the Cornell Dairy Center of Excellence and numerous other agricultural organizations and businesses.