JESSICA ZIEHM: My name is Jessica Ziehm. I'm now the executive director of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition. Thanks for joining us.
This is the dairy cow birthing center. It's the first one that the great New York State Fair has ever hosted. We're excited to provide this opportunity to you.
This is real and this is live. Right now these guys are trying to move this animal into the viewing pen because our veterinarians that are on staff, that are helping us, are seeing the signs of a cow that it's likely to have a calf today.
With the industry evolving so much, this was a wonderful opportunity to come to the great New York State Fair with the opportunity to reach a million visitors with some positive messages about the dairy industry.
SPEAKER 1: [LAUGH] We've got some cows liking what you're saying.
JESSICA ZIEHM: Excellent!
TOM OVERTON: Well, I think the birthing center is obviously something unique. I mean, where else can the public go to watch a dairy cow give birth to a calf, which of course, is the first step in production of milk and dairy products for the public.
CHAD WALL: So as veterinarians, we're looking for a few different things. And really if she's progressing well and the calf is in the right orientation, we're not going to intervene. If we think that we have to go in and give gentle traction, or if we need to do something more serious, we will. However, with a normal birthing like most of these have been, we're just spectators like everyone else.
JESSICA ZIEHM: This is the calf. What they're going to do is they're going to basically work with the mom. There is no-- this does not hurt the cow at all. Basically, they're just going to use a little bit of tension so that every time she pushes, we make forward progress so that the calf doesn't go back in.
SPEAKER 2: This is how we would do it at home.
RILEY: But at home, we would do it with gloves.
SPEAKER 2: Riley loves wearing gloves.
JESSICA ZIEHM: Chad and Dr. [INAUDIBLE], I think you just got busted.
SPEAKER 2: You'll see they'll put pressure on it and try to stretch things, help her stretch a little bit. They'll pull kinda the same direction that the calf's back is arched to [INAUDIBLE] the way the birth canal flows.
JESSICA ZIEHM: Just want to make sure at this point that the [INAUDIBLE]. So this is our 13th calf in there.
SPEAKER 2: So there's the head just coming out now.
JESSICA ZIEHM: I know you're excited. Just try to be quiet. So we have our head out. This is a pretty big calf.
RILEY: So right now, I bet you think that mom's really happy that she's having [INAUDIBLE]. And here comes most of the rest of the calf.
JESSICA ZIEHM: [INAUDIBLE]. They'll fall down [INAUDIBLE].
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The Great New York State Fair features a new exhibit this year: the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, which was organized by the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition and staffed by Cornell veterinary students, Cornell veterinary faculty, Cornell animal science undergraduate students. By the end of the fair on Sept. 2, 2013, more than two dozen calves are expected to be born.
In front of packed and fascinated audience, Dr. Charles W. Nydam and veterinary student Chad Wall help a laboring cow deliver a bull calf. (Video by Blaine Friedlander/Cornell Chronicle.)