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Wisconsin Cow Sets New Milk Production Record
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/21/2016

Another Holstein cow from Wisconsin has set an all-time record for milk production. The Holstein Association USA announced that 'Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi,' a nine-year-old cow bred and owned by Bur-Wall Holsteins of Brooklyn, set a 365-day record of 74,650 pounds of milk, with 2,126 pounds of fat and 2,142 pounds of protein.

Gigi's production breaks the record previously set by 'Ever-Green-View My 1326-ET,' owned by Tom Kestell of Waldo. Back in 2010, that cow's 365-day record was 72,170 pounds of milk.

"Gigi represents what's great about the Holstein breed," said Holstein Association CEO John Meyer. "She is nine years old, she produced 74,650 pounds of high-quality milk in one year, and she excels in type, as she is classified EX-94. The national milk production record is a true credit to not only Gigi, but to the Behnke family's breeding and management expertise."

Sired by R-E-W Buckeye-ET, Gigi was classified VG-88 as a two-year-old. Then, as an eight-year-old, she gave 61,186 pounds of milk and led the state of Wisconsin and the country in milk production, fat, and protein for Mature cows.

Meanwhile, her dairy show resume is impressive too. She took third place and Best Udder in the 2011 Midwest Spring National Holstein Show; placed eighth as a Five-Year-Old Cow in the 2012 International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo; and fifth as an Aged Cow in the 2013 Midwest Spring National Holstein Show. She was also the 2013 winner of Holstein Association USA's Star of the Breed award, when her 365-day production record was 52,190 pounds of milk.

Bur-Wall Holsteins is owned by Bob and Denise Behnke. Their operation has 50 Registered Holstein cows, with a rolling herd average of 32,377 pounds of milk, 3.9 percent fat, 1,256 pounds of fat, 3.2 percent protein and 1,029 pounds of protein. The herd has a Breed Age Average of 110.6.

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