When was the last time you witnessed the miracle of life? Do you have questions about agriculture and wish you knew a farmer so you could chat? Have you ever had the opportunity to discuss your concerns straight from the source – a farmer? Well, now is your chance! The Dairy Cow Birthing Center is gearing up for its 4th year at the great New York State Fair and we hope you’ll be able to join us. This exhibit has quickly become one of the most popular exhibits on the fairgrounds, attracting nearly a quarter of a million people last year.
We are excited to announce that we have 36 “mothers-to-be” ready to travel to the State Fair to allow fairgoers the opportunity to witness a true “udder miracle.” These cows will come from six family farms in nearby Cayuga and Onondaga Counties. We are not only excited about sharing the miracle of life with all of you, but the farm owners and employees of these farms will be sharing their passion for dairy farming and personal stories throughout the duration of the State Fair too.
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. 25-26, 2016 – Fessenden Dairy, King Ferry, NY
- Aug. 27-28, 2016 – Pine Hollow Dairy, Locke, NY
- Aug. 29-30, 2016 – Walnut Ridge Dairy, Lansing, NY
- Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2016 – Sunnyside Farm, Scipio Springs, NY
- Sept. 2-3 – Twin Birch Farm, Skaneateles, NY
- Sept. 4-5 – Venture Farms, Tully, NY
These family farms are great examples of the labor of love that it takes to farm in New York State. The farm owners, employees and numerous other 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.
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 three 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 social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. You can also follow the hashtag, #uddermiracles, or log onto www.uddermiracles.com to watch a 24-7 live webcam of the exhibit.
The birth of a calf signifies the beginning of not only a new life, but the beginning of milk production for a cow and New York is proud to be the third leading producer of milk in the nation with over 5,000 family farms and over 625,000 cows.