Ontario Cow Named World Champion for Lifetime Milk Production
"Gillette E Smurf" has broken the current world record with 216,893 kilograms of her milk, thanks to her superbly long life span -- she's 15, or 105 in human years. This Holstein shows no signs of slowing down, either. She's currently pregnant with her eleventh calf!
He [dairy farmer Louis Patenaude] credits her success to good care and good genes. Four generations of dams all lived to age 10 or much older, he says. Smurf, whose middle initial “E” stands for her sire Emperor, was named after a young farmworker called Murphy, who bought a share in her grandmother.
Earning the title of world champion is the dairy industry equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup, says Patenaude.