Fond du Lac County Fair welcomes visitors to make their way to the Ag Birthing Center to get a closer view of some of their favorite baby farm animals. This is the fourth year that the Ag Birthing Center has been available at the Fond du Lac County Fair.
The fair offers many opportunities for visitors both young and old to see a variety of farm animals. However, this exhibit showcases the birthing process for a variety of 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, a sheep with lambs as well as ducklings available to see up close 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.
"Seeing a cow give birth gives fair goers a first-hand look at the beauty of new life on the farm," says Katie Grinstead, part-owner of her family's dairy farm Vir-Clar Farm LLC in Fond du Lac. "It allows our community to see the great quality care we provide for our animals to raise them to be strong and healthy. It's also a unique experience for some, as this might be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for those that see it for the first time at the fair."
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 2015 Fond du Lac County Fair.
Fond du Lac County Fair welcomes over 35,000 visitors annually to its fairgrounds.
The Fond du Lac County Fair will celebrate its 165th fair in 2016. Established in 1852, the Fond du Lac County Fair is held the third week in July and showcases different area businesses and the fine work of the county's 4-H members. "The purpose of a fair is to educate; to help people learn about life and what is good; to find out what is new and how to improve; to understand about our heritage and agriculture; to find out what is profitable and what is enjoyable; and to learn how to adjust better to change, how to be better people, how to be responsible and better citizens, and how to be more self-sufficient."