Borroloola, a 7-year-old Milking Shorthorn bred and owned by Mapleton Valley Farms LLC of Oconomowoc, is the 2017 Wisconsin Cow of the Year.
Borroloola will be recognized at an Oct. 3 ceremony during this year’s World Dairy Expo in Madison.
Each year, a different Wisconsin purebred cattle association selects a cow to represent her breed as the Cow of the Year at World Dairy Expo, with the honor rotated annually among the seven major dairy breeds (Guernsey, Ayrshire, Holstein, Red and White Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey and Milking Shorthorn). The Milking Shorthorn will be recognized this year.
Pat and Phyllis Agnew, along with their children, Katie, and Tom with his wife, Keely, and children Bryn and Blake, all contribute to farm operations at Mapleton Valley Farms. Their 60-cow milking herd has been on the Dairy Herd Improvement Association with the Dodge County Testing Association since the early 1960s. The farm has been in the Agnew family since 1907.
Pat and Phyllis started their Milking Shorthorn herd in 1978, receiving their first animal as a wedding gift. Both Pat and Katie have served as AMSS national directors, and Tom has judged shows from local to national levels. Katie is a high school science teacher, and Tom also owns a dairy farm supply company.
Wisconsin Cow of the Year is a special honor for the Agnews, as Phyllis’ family bred and owned the first Milking Shorthorn to be honored. Willard and Sylvia Gerner, along with their son Jeff and his wife, Monica, showed Weg Acres Major’s Faith at World Dairy Expo as the breed’s first recipient of the honor in 1983.
This year’s World Dairy Expo is scheduled for Oct. 3-7 in Madison. The annual dairy and trade show draws more than 70,000 visitors from around the world. Learn more at worlddairyexpo.com.