by Loretta Hauslauer
Summer is coming to a close, bringing with it the busy summer events that our local farmers love to attend. On August 8th, the Livingston County Dairy Princess Program visited Empire Farm Days, an agricultural event that captures the modern technology, production and excitement of Northeast agriculture. We brought our booth along to help promote our county’s dairy industry and had a great time meeting farmers and their families from all over the northeast. It was especially exciting to walk around and see how much agriculture means to others and how it is developing. From the displays of calf hutches, to the feed to the new equipment, Empire Farm Days really was a successful event, especially in terms of dairy.
The Dairy Princess Program also spent a day at another great and popular function. On August 26th we attended the New York State Fair. State Fair is a huge event that not only encompasses the fun and food of New York, but also its agriculture. The day we visited was especially important because it was Dairy Day, a day that pays a special tribute to New York State dairy farmers.
Several other dairy princesses from counties across New York and I played a part in Dairy Day by visiting fairgoers while passing out free dairy products and speaking on the importance of the dairy industry. I did interviews, a milkshake making contest and a parade. I visited the milking parlor and the new birthing center; where people can view the live birthing of a calf, and I spoke to people from all over, answering questions and explaining why I believe the dairy industry is important. The State Fair is a great way for urban people, young and old, to experience agriculture and farm life, many for the first time. And for them to learn about its importance, from how dairy farmers care for their cows, to how they care for the planet and our dairy products, too. Livingston County also brought our booth to the fair as a great way to represent our county. I had lots of fun and I hope the others who visited the fair did, too.
In the upcoming month I plan to keep myself busy by doing school programs in schools across the county. With school programs, I teach young students about the local dairy industries and the importance of dairy farmers and crop producers in fun and entertaining ways. For example, explaining to them how milk gets “from the cow to you” and the nutrients found in dairy products. If you are interested in me coming into your school or facility, please contact the program. I would love the opportunity!
The program will also be represented at several fall harvest celebrations throughout the county, including Ossian Hay Days, Autumn in the Village, and the Groveland bicentennial parade. I hope to see many of you there. Please don’t hesitate to drop by and say hello if you recognize me. Enjoy the end of the summer and don’t forget to get your 3-Every-Day of dairy!
The Livingston County Dairy Princess program is made possible through the support of American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, the local planning and management organization funded by dairy farmer check-off dollars.