The Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair

NYS Fair

Presented by


New York Animal Agriculture Coalition

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

2014 Dairy Cow Birthing Center

Welcome to the 24-7 live webcam of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. This is a free educational exhibit at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York, that showcases three live births of baby cows daily. The purpose of this exhibit is to share in real-time one of the many miracles of modern animal agriculture. Over the course of the 12 days of the State Fair, a total of 36 cows will give birth to a baby calf, representing the start of milk production and a unique opportunity for you to learn more about New York’s dairy farms and the care dairy farmers and veterinarians provide their animals.

The exhibit is organized and hosted by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, in cooperation with the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. To follow the conversation around the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, use #uddermiracles on social media channels. To learn more about this exhibit and New York’s dairy industry in general, visit www.nyanimalag.org.

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This years featured farms

(Aug 21-22) Merrell Dairy in Wolcott, New York. It is a third generation dairy farm that milks 2,700 cows. Take a peak at Merrell Dairy and hear what they have to say about caring for their cows.

(Aug 23-24) Scipio Springs Dairy in Union Springs, New York. This is a first generation farm, meaning its owners – the Gilbert and Morgan families – did not come from a farm background. Instead they started this farm from scratch. Learn what they did to make that happen and how they operate their cow dairy farm.

(Aug 25-26) Walnut Ridge Dairy in Lansing, New York. This is a family dairy farm that was purchased in 1951 by Dave and Joan Hardie where they milked 14 cows. Since then, the Hardie family has since added three other families to the business: the Palladinos, the Chapins and the Flemings. Together, they milk 1,400 cows. Steve Palladino, one of the partners of Walnut Ridge Dairy said, "We farm because we love to, not because we have to." Hear more about the farm and the care they give their animals.

(Aug 27-28) Beck Farms in Freeville, New York. This is a true family farm with the 3rd, 4th and 5th generations all actively involved in the daily operation. They take pride in providing the best care they can to their 1,500 cows. Russ Beck, 5th generation of Beck Farms said, “We depend on the health and well-being of our cows for our own health and well-being.” Take a tour of Beck Farms and learn more about all they are doing to be good caretakers of their animals and land.

(Aug 29-30) Barbland Dairy of Fabius, New York. 3rd generation farm milking 1,450 cows
"I love working with our animals, being outside and supporting my family by doing what I love to do." – Bret Bossard, Partner at Barbland Dairy

(Aug 31 – Sept 1) Venture Farms in Fabius, New York. "Our motto here is "Keep calm and dairy on!" – Joel Riehlman, Partner at Venture Farms

Pathology at Cornell

The pathology program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is based on a distinguished heritage begun by Dr. Peter Olafson. Dr. Olafson enjoyed a long and distinguished career based on international reputation in research and diagnostic pathology. Today, the faculty, students, and residents at Cornell continue to build on the foundations set during the last 100 years. Situated in a world-class university, the pathology faculty are dedicated to providing high quality diagnostic, teaching and research services to colleagues within and beyond Cornell.

Pathology at Cornell

The pathology program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is based on a distinguished heritage begun by Dr. Peter Olafson. Dr. Olafson enjoyed a long and distinguished career based on international reputation in research and diagnostic pathology. Today, the faculty, students, and residents at Cornell continue to build on the foundations set during the last 100 years. Situated in a world-class university, the pathology faculty are dedicated to providing high quality diagnostic, teaching and research services to colleagues within and beyond Cornell.