New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced the winners of the 2022 Dairy Competition today on Dairy Day at the Great Fair in New York State. Stewart’s received gold for highest-rated milk in the state, and Dygert Farms won silver. In addition, Cabot Creamery Cooperative was named Grand Champion for its Horseradish Cheddar.
Commissioner Ball said, “New York is known for its fantastic dairy products, from its leading yogurts to its artisan cheeses and everything in between. Our dairy farmers and processors are among the best in the country and take great pride in bringing their products to consumers across the country. Congratulations to our winners and all our participants; it is truly an honor to participate in the Dairy Day Ceremony at the Great New York State Fair and recognize the hard work and dedication of our dairy community.
Acting Fair Director Sean Hennessey said: “Dairy Day is an incredibly fun day that gives us the opportunity to experience the best milkshake concoctions, try all kinds of cheese and ice cream, and learn about milk production. The Dairy Day Awards Ceremony gives us a platform to celebrate the dairy industry by recognizing the people who work so hard to bring us the best dairy products around.
Annual Milk Day rewarded processors and cheese makers everywhere the State, in addition to its fluid milk producers, with gold or silver honors, or an award of excellence. This year, there were 152 entries in all categories.
Other competition highlights include:
- Weissman Farms also won gold in the Flavored Milk category.
- King Brothers Dairy won Gold in the Small Processor Fluid Milk category as well as the Chocolate Milk and Flavored Yogurt categories.
- HP Hood (Arkport, Vernon and Lafargeville plants) won the most medals overall, with a total of 16. They received gold in the Cottage Cheese categories – Whole, Low Fat Cottage Cheese and Cottage Cheese Without fat, and silver in the sour cream, dairy dips and plain yogurt categories.
- Great Lakes Cheese took gold for its Cheddar and Aged Cheddar, earning a total of six medals.
- Old Chatham Creamery won gold for its plain yogurt and flavored natural cheese.
- Middle Road Creamery won gold for its Feta in the Soft Goat/Sheep Cheese category.
Entries were submitted for 25 categories, including liquid milk, various types of cheese, sour cream, yogurt, dips and cottage cheese. The cheese classes were evaluated by eight expert judges. This year the chief judge was Valerie Catlin of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Milk Control. The Milk Quality Improvement Program at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences judged the liquid milk portion of the competition.
Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake said:My grandfather and his brother started this business as a dairy company over 100 years ago. We take great pride in the quality of our dairy products and in providing fresh, local milk to our customers. This award would not be possible without our hardworking dairy farmers and experienced dairy team. »
Agrimark Chairman of the Board, Cricket Jacquier, said: “Our Châteaugay team is delighted to take home Grand Champion honors today. This award reflects our commitment to producing high quality dairy products. This collaboration begins at the farm level with our 600 farm families and continues through our team of dedicated employees. This spirit of pursuit of excellence is reflected in all the delicious dairy products we make every day.
Benjamin Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the college, said: “Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is proud to partner with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to evaluate the quality, safety, and sensory taste of New York’s innovative dairy products. I am thrilled to see the magnitude of entries this year, which reflects the growing diversity and quality of artisan dairy products that continue to support New York State’s position as a leader.
As part of the Dairy Competition Awards Ceremony, which took place this morning at the New York State Fair, a new video was released to promote the dairy industry and educate consumers on the industry products in the market. The video was provided by Jeb & Co, American Dairy Association North East, NYS Agriculture in the Classroom, Cornell University, NYS Cheesemakers and VentureFuel and was funded by the New York State Dairy Industry.
In addition to the Dairy Products Competition, New York’s dairy industry is showcased for the full 13 days at the Fair and in the Dairy Products Building. The Milk Bar, operated this year by Cornell Cooperative Extension, continues to offer 25-cent cups of perfectly cold white or chocolate milk, supplied by processor NYS Grown & Certified Upstate Farms. Strawberry milk will be on tap this year at the Milk Bar on the final weekend of the Fair, from Saturday, September 3 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The famous butter sculpture is also on display in the dairy pavilion.
Fairgoers visiting the Dairy Products Building will have many options to choose from, ranging from a variety of dairy products at the Milky Bun Bar, to cheese samples from across New York State and Grown & Certified processors from the state. Participants will also have opportunities to meet state and county dairy ambassadors at the “Reset Yourself with Dairy” exhibit. The Dairy Products Building is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
More … than 200 farmers, veterinarians, business representatives and agricultural students volunteer to help with births at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center. The exhibit also features calves to pet and educational exhibits about the dairy industry. The Dairy Cow Birth Center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The Dairy Cattle Barn, which houses all of the dairy cattle featured at the Fair, is also open to visitors for the duration of the Fair. Here, visitors can watch cows being milked and learn how milk goes from cow to glass. The Dairy Cattle Barn is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Labor Day, all barns and buildings close at 9 p.m.
New this year, the fair features an interactive social media exercise where they can see what they would look like as a butter sculpture. By scanning a QR code – accessible on the signage of the Dairy Products Building, and here, on the 2022 State Fairs map – visitors can view a “Butterizer” filter, which will superimpose their face over a butter bust. Visitors will see what they look like and can share the information on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags, #NYSFair and #ButterizeMe. Butterizer function works on a mobile device anywhere there is the internet – you don’t necessarily have to be on the fairgrounds to join in the fun.
The dairy industry in New York
New York is one of the nation’s top dairy producers, and the dairy industry is the state’s largest agricultural sector. Currently, New York has nearly 3,600 dairy farms producing more than 15 billion pounds of milk, or about 7% of the nation’s total milk supply. New York is also one of the country’s leading producers of yogurt, cottage cheese and cream cheese. Total cheese production also continues to grow, accounting for over a billion pounds last year.
About the Great New York State Fair
The fair continues until Monday, September 5. Founded in 1841, the Great New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture, provides top-notch entertainment, and is a staple of the state. CNY up strategy for growing the downtown New York economy through tourism. It is the oldest state fair in the United States and the third largest in the country.
The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibition and entertainment complex that operates year-round. The public is encouraged to learn more about the Great New York State Fair on lineand follow the fun on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram. Guests are invited to view photos of the Fair on Flickr and ideas are always welcome. New Yorkers are encouraged to email suggestions to [email protected].