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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
More on the Dairy Cow Birthing Center Changes at the Fair
From the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition:
New York Animal Agriculture Coalition has announced the Dairy
Cow Birthing Center exhibit that debuted at the 2013 New York State
Fair will return in the same location in 2014, only bigger and better.
exhibit, which showcased 30 dairy cows giving birth to baby calves, was
one of the most popular exhibits at the New York State Fair last year,
attracting over 160,000 fairgoers.
is pleased to return this educational exhibit to the New York State
Fair, and expand upon the success we achieved last year,” said Jessica
Ziehm, executive director for NYAAC. “The dairy industry couldn’t have
been more pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response we received
from fairgoers who visited the Birthing Center last year. Our tent was
filled to capacity during most births and the level of interest exhibited by the public was impressive.”
Dairy Cow Birthing Center will return to the New York State Fair in the
same location, on the west end of the fairgrounds, inside Gate 9 and
adjacent to the FFA exhibit. In doing so, the exhibit will be housed in
a 40 percent larger tent and will offer double the seating for those
who wish to observe the birth of a baby calf. In addition to seating,
NYAAC will also add large TV screens to enhance the viewing. The TVs
will display the live births, as well as show scenes from the featured
dairy farm that day.
Birthing Center will continue to provide a 24-hour live webcam so
people can view the births at home, courtesy of Cornell University. Even
more exciting, fairgoers this year will have the opportunity to sign in
at the exhibit to be alerted via text or email as to when labor
commences. These improvements and others made to the Dairy Cow Birthing
Center this year are all being done to improve the experience and
environment for both fairgoers and animals.
this day in age when good information is hard to find, NYAAC wants
consumers to know they can go right to the source when they have
questions about dairy farms and milk produced in New York State,” Ziehm
said. “Having real-life dairy farmers and veterinarians available for
questions was the second most popular aspect of the Birthing Center and
we are thrilled to report that they too are planning to return to the
State Fair this year.”
Dairy Cow Birthing Center is a free, educational exhibit that provides
fairgoers the opportunity to witness the live birth of baby calves
daily. Over 100 dairy farmers, veterinarians, affiliated business
representatives and agricultural students volunteer their time at the
exhibit to assist with the births, explain the process to the public,
and answer any questions. The exhibit also offers calves for petting
and educational exhibits about the dairy industry. Another new feature
this year will be year-old calves that were born last year during the
organizes the exhibit in partnership with the New York State Fair and
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. NYAAC is a farmer
founded and funded organization that strives to enhance the public’s
understanding of and appreciation for animal agriculture and modern farm
practices by engaging the public in conversations about animal
agriculture and empowering farmers to tell their story firsthand.
you or your organization cares to support this initiative by either
making a contribution or volunteering your time at the State Fair, contact Jessica Ziehm with NYAAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 518-527-3949. Visit NYAAC’s website at www.nyanimalag.org
for regular updates about the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, along with
other dairy farm advocacy efforts taking place around the state.