Dairy Cow Birthing Center

The Dairy Cow Birthing Center, hosted by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC), is a free educational exhibit and one of the most sought-after attractions at The Great New York State Fair.

This year, the Great New York State Fair will take place Wednesday, August 21 through Monday, September 2, 2024. Hundreds of thousands of fairgoers can witness the miracle of life and meet family dairy farmers throughout the annual 13-day event in Syracuse, NY. For those unable to join us at the Fair, a live stream of the Birthing Center will be available right here on our website, as well as on our YouTube.

New York State Fair

2024 Host Farms

  • El-Vi Farms
  • North Harbor Dairy
  • Scipio Springs Dairy
  • Porterdale Farms
  • Beck Farms
  • LT Smith & Sons

NEW THIS YEAR!

Join us for some scheduled programming at the 2024 Dairy Cow Birthing Center. We will have some interactive kids programs, Q&A sessions, and even some programs with give-aways for kids.

Thursday August 22nd, Magic Milk: Bethany Beechler and her team from Milk For Health is going to be hosting this program the majority of the day doing “Magic Milk”. As people come and go throughout the day they can do this quick fun activity which shows how milk fat molecules move within milk. 

Friday August 23rd @ 1:00PM, Cow Chow, Learn all About the Dairy Cows Diet:
Emma Andrew with Milk 4 U, El-Vi Farm Nutritionist and a farm representative will be doing a demonstration explaining all about TMR/cow nutrition and how it is so precisely mixed. To end the program we will be doing a granola mix to mix together our own human TMR!

Sunday August 25th @ 3:00PM, Inside the Industry:
Dr. Robert Lynch will be hosting a panel of Q&A all about animal wellness and care on the farm. 

Wednesday August 28th @ 1:30, Thursday August 29th @ 11:30am, Dairy Tales:
Katie Carpenter with Ag in the Classroom is going to be reading Tales of a Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish. Participants that signup will get their own copy of the book and will get to make ice cream in a bag after listening to this cute story!

Friday August 30th @ 11:00am and 1:00PM, The Journey of Milk:
 The NYS Dairy Ambassadors will be taking participants on a journey through how milk moves: from harvesting it on the farm, to processing, to being sold in the stores, to your home. Each station will have fun, educational activities for the kids to do. 

Host Farms

  • El-Vi Farms
  • North Harbor Dairy
  • Scipio Springs Dairy
  • Porterdale Farms
  • Beck Farms
  • LT Smith & Sons

2024 Birthing Center Sponsors

“Having a farm that has believed in the work we do from the beginning and is willing and happy to share their cows with the public is what the Dairy Cow Birthing Center is all about. Four of the six Host Farms that participated in 2023 helped launch the Dairy Cow Birthing Center ten years ago, and we’re thankful that they returned to celebrate a decade of advocacy and dairy promotion!”

Hannah Johnson

Communications Manager, NYAAC

More than Calves

In addition to welcoming “uddermiracles” into the world, the Dairy Cow Birthing Center provided supplementary opportunities for visitors to learn about the NY dairy industry.

The Wall of Knowledge showcases the benefits of dairy products, agricultural career opportunities, and how farmers care for their animals. It is just one of the many exhibits found at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center.

More than 8,000 people have signed up to receive text message alerts with updates from the Birthing Center, offering real-time news of an upcoming birth at the NYS Fair, and other happenings taking place at the Birthing Center.

Through exhibits, like the Wall of Knowledge, text message alerts, and a live stream from our tent, NYAAC continues to positively impact visitors both near and far.

Visit

The Dairy Cow Birthing Center is located at the Great New York State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York 13209. The Fair is open 9:00 am – 11:00 pm with no entry or re-entry after 9:00 pm.

Driving Directions:

From the West - Buffalo / Rochester Area

Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 East) to Exit 39, then follow Rt. 690 East.

From the East - Albany / Utica Area

Take the New York State Thruway (Rt. 90 West) to Exit 34A, follow Rt. 481 South, then follow Rt. 690 West.

From the North - Watertown Area

Take Interstate 81 South into Syracuse to Exit 22. Follow Bear Street (Rt. 298) to Rt. 690 West.

From the South - Binghamton / Cortland Area

Take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.

From the New York City / Downstate Area

Take Interstate 80 West to Binghamton, N.Y. then take Interstate 81 North into Syracuse, then follow Rt. 690 West.

The Dairy Cow Birthing Center can be found on the map linked here. It is located to the right-hand side of the Expo Center located on the map.

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