Visitors to the Fond du Lac County Fair will again have the chance to see their favorite farm animals at the fair’s CentralStar Ag Birthing Center. The CentralStar Ag Birthing Center is celebrating its sixth 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 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 fair.”
The CentralStar 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.
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. Check out this exhibit and learn something new about Wisconsin Agriculture!