A Butter Farewell: New York State Fair Sculpture is off to Greener Pastures – Cowsmo

A Butter Farewell: New York State Fair Sculpture is off to Greener Pastures

This year’s butter sculpture at the New York State Fair is on its way to greener pastures. Literally.

At 10 a.m. today, four master gardeners from the Cornell Cooperative Extension walked into the refrigerated vault in the Dairy Products Building with knives, shovels and trowels. About 60 minutes later, the 800-pound butter sculpture was spread among a dozen or so 30-gallon plastic bags and loaded it into a pickup truck.

It’s now at Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County. Farmers will feed the butter and other food waste into the a digester that will convert it into energy that can power the farm’s on-site creamery. The butter from the sculpture alone would be able to power one house for three days, said Greg Szklany, a spokesman for the American Dairy Association North East.

The butter for the sculpture was provided by O-AT-KA Milk Products in Batavia and was unsuitable for sale due to defects in packaging.

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Master gardeners deconstruct the butter sculpture at the New York State Fair. ©Charlie Miller

 

Source: Syracuse.com

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