If you've been to the New York State Fair, you've got a few favorite stops that you have to make every year. However, the fair's first days have seen the start of a new tradition. YNN's Sarah Blazonis checks out a new exhibit that provides an inside look to an important New York industry.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- The faces of the baby cows are hard to resist. However, the cuteness factor is not the only thing drawing people to the Dairy Barn at the New York State Fair.
"We really appreciate where I come from in Oneonta that it's a dairy county there. So I just wanted to come and see what dairy living is about and maybe even see a baby getting born," said Julie Dostal, an Oneonta resident.
Visitors to the Dairy Cow Birthing Center will have plenty of chances to see just that. There are 36 calves expected to be born at the fair.
The first time exhibit is already attracting hundreds of fans.
"This entire tent was packed with people. I don't think you could've fit another person in this tent to watch the birth yesterday," said Jessica Ziehm, New York Animal Agriculture Coalition.
The full term moms-to-be are induced close to the time they're expected to give birth. And while it's up to Mother Nature when the babies will be born, vets say there are a few signs to look out for.
"We'll notice a change in them. They'll start to get up, they'll lay down, they'll look very anxious," said Paula Ospina, Cornell Veterinarian.
New York is the fourth largest producer of milk and dairy products in the entire state. According to organizers, people walk into get a look at these ladies and their calves, and walk away knowing a little more about an important industry for the state.
"We want people to understand and give people a better appreciation for what dairy farmers do. How do we care for the animals? What are we doing to care for the land and recycle?," said Ziehm.
And with labor sometimes taking several hours, it gives people plenty of time to study up.