Sunday, September 2, 2012

Congratulations! It's a Girl!

Hannah Holstein at the Minnesota State Fair
Day 5

There is one place I enjoy visiting even though it is something I see often on our farm. I love going to the Miracle of Birth Center. During the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair we can see many calves, piglets, sheep, and goats welcomed into the world. No matter what age the fair-goer, the expression on their faces is the same...WOW! The birthing process is truly a miracle. 

 Just like the "miracle workers" at the Fair, Dairy Farmers provide comfortable, safe  and clean conditions for both the cow and the calf during the birthing process and afterward. Prior to giving birth, the pregnant cow is housed in a birthing pen filled with soft straw where she is given individual care and attention.

During the birth of a calf, a close eye is kept on both cow and calf to ensure the health of both animals. Dairy Farmers and their veterinarians are available to provide assistance if needed. After birth, calves are separated from their mothers to ensure the best individual care and monitoring. We bottle-feed our calves individually to make sure they receive good nutrition.

 As of the ninth day of the Fair, fair visitors have welcomed 10 calves, 103 piglets, 17 lambs and 6 goats into the world. 

Let's go celebrate! Raise a glass of cold, refreshing milk at the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Booth. We are welcoming 136 new miracles to the Fair. Cheers!

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