Are Livestock Births the Latest Reality Entertainment Trend?

This Labor Day weekend, Animal Planet unveils the introduction of its first-ever LABOR LIVE multimedia event. Throughout the holiday weekend, live animal births from the Nebraska State Fair will be broadcast as they happen via the LABOR LIVE Cam on Animal Planet L!VE, a digital destination for round-the-clock access to animals. Animal Planet television viewers will be made aware of every calf, lamb, piglet, and chick delivery occurring online with breaking on-air birth alerts. The cam is live now at animalplanet.com/laborlive.

Each year, the Nebraska State Fair welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors and Animal Planet L!VE is inviting the Internet to join in and celebrate the beauty of birth. The Birthing Pavilion provides State Fair guests the opportunity to witness live animal births under the supervision of trained professionals from the University of Nebraska School of Veterinary Medicine and members of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.

With expert commentary from University of Nebraska veterinarians, the LABOR LIVE Cam will broadcast 24/7 from the Pavilion, which is the temporary home to expecting cows, sows, ewes and chickens.  Animal Planet L!VE will cover breaking births in addition to offering a schedule of programming including a morning review and lunchtime chats with experts.

“The miracle of birth is perhaps the most beautiful and wondrous moment in all of the nature, and Animal Planet will offer viewers the unique chance to witness it live,” said Rick Holzman, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Animal Planet. “This is just the beginning of a significant initiative where Animal Planet will offer our audience unprecedented live coverage of animal births and other astonishing moments of the natural world, both on air and online at Animal Planet L!VE.”

"Animal Planet's presence further exemplifies the Nebraska State Fair's mission to focus on interactive agriculture and educational experiences. The ability to take the Nebraska State Fair Birthing Pavilion and make it available to a worldwide audience is an opportunity that doesn't come along too often,” said Nebraska State Fair Sponsorship and Marketing Director, Shaun Schleif. "The opportunity to see live births and baby animals taking their first steps in their first few days of life is something that most folks don't have the opportunity to observe. Animal Planet is making that possible, and we're extremely grateful for that."

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