Jan. 31 2018 10:25 AM

First-Ever Dairy Cow Birthing Center Opened at the 2018 Pa. Farm Show

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The Calving Corner, Pennsylvania’s dairy cow birthing center, debuted at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show on January 6 – 13 in Harrisburg. This exhibit encompassed 7,500 square feet, almost half of the Northeast Hall Building in the Farm Show Complex. Thanks to the tremendous support of Calving Corner sponsors, volunteers and host farms, Farm Show visitors experienced the miracle of life while learning about the care and stewardship that happens on today’s dairy farms.

“The Calving Corner served as a great forum for the dairy industry and the consumer, or the public, to meet and learn more about each other,” said Miriam Miller, project manager of the Calving Corner. “It demonstrated to the public how dairy farmers take care of their cows and the land by showcasing the hard work and care they provide on their operations."

The Calving Corner featured four family dairy farms: Meadow Vista Dairy, owned by Don, Gerald, Eric and Justin Risser of Bainbridge, Pa.; Kreider Farms, owned by Ron Kreider of Manheim, Pa.; Brubaker Farms, owned by Mike and Tony Brubaker of Mount Joy, Pa.; and Meadow Lane Dairy, owned by Glenn, Brad and Geoff Rohrer of Lancaster, Pa. The Calving Corner sincerely appreciates the commitment of these family farms.

The Calving Corner highlighted the miracle of birth that takes place in the everyday life of a Pennsylvania dairy farm. Each family farm selected and shared four cows with the Calving Corner. With the help of their dairy farm owners and veterinarians, sixteen calves were delivered during the eight days of Farm Show.

The Calving Corner would like to thank the following organizations for their generous monetary and/or in-kind support:

  • Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association
  • Center for Dairy Excellence
  • Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania
  • Land O’Lakes, Inc. Foundation
  • American Dairy Association North East
  • Professional Dairy Producers Foundation
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Sturdy Built Manufacturing, LLC
  • Oregon Dairy
  • Select Sire Power, Inc.

Furthermore, the Calving Corner would like to recognize the “Friends of the Calving Corner” for their support:

  • Agricultural Veterinary Associates
  • Renaissance Nutrition, Inc.
  • Amanda Butterfield
  • Bernard C. Morrissey Insurance, Inc.
  • Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition
  • Northeast Dairy Beef Quality Assurance
  • Marmaras & Smith, LLC
  • Pennsylvania Holstein Association
  • Pennsylvania Beef Council
  • Nasco
  • Elanco
  • Bio-Vet, Inc.
  • JBZ Dairy Advantage
  • Brandt’s Farm Supply
  • Adisseo
  • Iron Rock Nutrition
  • Hanoverdale Agway

Designed to create and strengthen relationships between Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and consumers, the Calving Corner thanks all the organizations and volunteers who which assisted in making its debut a success. More than 100 volunteers from all aspects of the industry came out to help support and staff the Calving Corner at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

To learn more about the Calving Corner, visit thecalvingcorner.org or find it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Center for Dairy Excellence is a non-profit organization initiated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in 2004. Bringing together people from more than 40 different dairy organizations in Pennsylvania, the center’s mission is to enhance the profitability of the dairy industry by empowering people, creating partnerships, and increasing the availability and use of resources. Learn more at centerfordairyexcellence.org.