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Farmer milks cow for what she's worth

2012-04-23 22:40

Ottawa - A Holstein cow named Smurf from a farm just east of Canada's capital has set a new world record for the most milk produced in a lifetime - a whopping 216 891kg over 15 years.

And she's still producing.

"That's the equivalent of more than one million glasses of milk," said Smurf's owner Eric Patenaude, a sixth generation Canadian dairy farmer.

Guinness World Records confirmed the record to AFP on Monday. It previously belonged to a cow in the US state of Michigan.

The average dairy cow yields about 35 000kg or 33 981 litres of milk in a lifetime, or less than 50 liters per day. Smurf produces approximately the same daily amount, but has lived three times longer than most dairy cows.

It's her "longevity and consistency" that won her the prize, which also earned Smurf "Udder Accolades" from a local newspaper, said Patenaude. "That's how she's produced so much milk."

It also helps that she's got good genes: Smurf's father was a stud named Emperor from Wisconsin and her mother, Murphy, was also a "good milker", said a herder at La Ferme Gillette in Embrun, Ontario.

Smurf turns 16 in September and is expecting her eleventh calf in the coming weeks. So far she has only had one female offspring to continue the milk-making tradition.

Comments
  • Thato - 2012-04-23 23:24

    very interesting... but I know of a cow that lived longer than that- if only Oupa knew that it was worthwhile to keep such recordes... You go Smurf- show dem who rules de world girlfrnd**

  • Gregory - 2012-04-23 23:46

    Reckon that doesn't come close to Zuma's herd of cows.

      jackitribe - 2012-04-24 06:43

      Gregory, we are Zuma's herd of cows.... he milks us for all we are worth and still its not enough!!

  • jackitribe - 2012-04-24 06:45

    Lovely story about animal cruelty... milked to death!! One calf has been chosen to carried on this wonderful abuse. What happened to all the other calves???

      Brian - 2012-04-24 06:50

      Well, think about it - they were males, so can't be milked. probably went off into the wild blue yonder to live a life of debauched partying with loads of sex. Or ended up as steak .....

      Alba - 2012-04-24 07:21

      O please! she is not being milked to death as she is still alive, and has lived longer than most cows. As a owner of a diary I can tell you that dairy animals love the parlour and can't wait to come in for milk every day

      Peter - 2012-04-24 08:24

      "come in for milk every day" Do they like some cookies with their milk.Surely you mean "to be milked".

      Tevashnee - 2012-04-24 09:13

      @ Alba, how do you know they "love the palour and cant wait to be milked"??? its not like they have a choice!! as jackitribe said, its cruel, having that cow constantly reproduce so that she can have her milk taken from her.

      Deirdre - 2012-04-24 09:17

      Gee Peter a little trite there hey? You do realise that if a cows is not milked regularly her teats will get sore ... much like a breastfeeding human, oh wait you're male you won't know about that .. my bad!

      Alba - 2012-04-24 10:35

      @jackitribe, peter, tevashnee : I know for a fact that they like being milked, because when you open the gate the run to the parlour door and wait for it to open. We treat our goats well and they know inside the parlour they get all kinds of "treats" and attention. In the parlour we give them lucerne pellets which they love, molasses which is to them like candy for a child. They get brushed and a whole lot of attention. If you have ever been inside a milking parlour you would know this. Stop commenting from the city and visit a farm!

  • Tasneem - 2012-04-24 09:55

    Peter,really now?that was just unneccesary and rude dammit!

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