Visitors to the Fond du Lac County Fair will again have the chance to see their favorite
farm animals at the fair’s ST genetics Ag Birthing Center. The Ag Birthing Center is
celebrating its fourth year of being available to fair goers.
The Ag Birthing Center is a unique educational event at the Fond du Lac county
fair, as it showcases the birthing process for several farm animals. Several
dairy cows are part of the exhibit and will give birth to their calves
throughout the week of the fair for fair goers to watch and experience. There
will also be a sow with piglets, a goat with kids, lambs and ducklings
available to see at the birthing center. Visitors to the birthing center also
have the opportunity to ask questions about the birthing process and to learn
more about the care farmers provide to their animals.
“This event was started to share our farm story with our local communities,” says
Katie Grinstead, part-owner of her family’s dairy farm Vir-Clar Farm LLC in
Fond du Lac. “Seeing a cow give birth gives our visitors a first-hand look at
the beauty of new life on the farm and how we care for our animals and raise
them to be strong and healthy. What we as farmers experience every day might be
a once-in-a-lifetime moment for some that get to see it for the first-time at
The Ag Birthing Center is staffed with those who have experience working with
animals and caring for them, ready to answer questions and keep the animals
comfortable and safe during the fair week. An experienced herdperson and
veterinarian are also on staff to assist in the calving process. Last year, 16
different cows gave birth to their calves during the 2016 Fond du Lac County
The Ag Birthing Center is a free exhibit for all fair goers of all ages, and gives them the opportunity to see the miracle of life unfold. The Ag Birthing Center will be open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM all days of the fair. If you would like to volunteer, click on the link below! Check out this exhibit and learn something new about Wisconsin Agriculture!