Ice cream, yogurt, cheese and milk all begin with a special delivery – the birth of a calf. For the first time, this maternal miracle can be witnessed at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair. Cornell veterinary students and veterinarians are helping with the calving and explaining the birthing process to the public, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences undergraduate students will assist in postpartum care at the exhibit, which was organized by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition.
“Activities such as the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at this year’s New York State Fair are essential to explaining the world from farm to table. It was not long ago when most of society was well connected to food production and agricultural systems. This truly teaches people about where food comes from,” said Chad Wall, Cornell veterinary student volunteer at the exhibit.
In addition to Jessica Ziehm, executive director of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, exhibit organizers include Dr. Charles Nydam, coordinator of the Summer Dairy Institute at the College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Charles Guard, associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Debbie Grusenmeyer, Cornell extension associate, Pro Dairy program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The New York Corn and Soybean Growers provided the grant to initiate the Dairy Cow Birthing Center and Farm Credit East, Cargill Animal Nutrition, and other agricultural businesses contributed funding.