From cow to cup: What it takes to be a dairy farmer

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GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On day two of the Great New York State Fair, it’s celebrating the way it all began by keeping the tradition alive with Agriculture Career Day!

“Farming isn’t a job, it’s a way of life,” said dairy farmer Bryce Windecker.

He’s been working on a farm in Schuyler since he was a kid.

“You gotta make sure they have fresh, clean bedding. Keep them clean, you know, you don’t want any infections,” said Windecker.

From cow to cup, it’s a lot to learn in a day, but Bryce gave Nicole a crash course on milking a cow.

“[In a day] a cow can give 100 pounds,” said Windecker.

The milk is weighed to make sure the cow is putting out a healthy amount before it’s pasteurized. But being a farmer is about a lot more than supplying the next glass of milk.

“We love our animals. Anyone hurts them or they get sick, we’re hurt here,” said Windecker.

For Bryce, farming is a way of life and these cows are family. His farm distributes milk to Byrne Dairy.

In addition to Agriculture Career Day, students from across the state show off skills in agriculture, science, and robotics during all 13 days of the NYS Fair.

Demonstrations take place daily in the Youth and FFA buildings on the west side of the fairgrounds.

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