Mapleton Vly LT Borroloola is 2017 Cow of the Year
Release Date: September 19, 2017
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MADISON – Mapleton
Vly LT Borroloola, a seven-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 with the honor at a special ceremony Oct. 3
during this year’s World Dairy Expo.
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 between the seven major dairy breeds (Guernsey, Ayrshire, Holstein,
Red & White Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn). The
Milking Shorthorn will be recognized this year.
known as “Loola,” the 2017 Cow of the Year has Australian roots. In 2008, the
Agnew family, owners of Mapleton Valley Farms, purchased a heifer consigned by
the Alpha Syndicate featuring outstanding embryo-transfer offspring of several
breeds. The heifer, Alfa Treble Bailey EXP ET, resulted from embryos imported
to the United States by the Alpha Syndicate from Australia. The Australian
Illawarra donor, Meadowhaven Blossom 460th, was Champion at the Melbourne Show.
heifer, “Bailey,” offered at public sale, presented Mapleton Valley with an
opportunity to add a special cow family to their herd. Loola is Bailey’s
natural calf and is classified 3E92 at
seven years old. She is sired by an All-American Innisfail Lothario. Loola’s embryo
transfer sister sold in Expo’s World Premier Colored breed sale a few years ago,
and Mapleton Valley sold Borroloola’s first heifer calf privately to a junior
dairy enthusiast to start his Milking Shorthorn herd. Born Sept. 10, 2010, Loola
recently earned her third “E” (Excellent) rating. In her first four lactations she
has produced: 85,887 lbs milk, 3.9 % Fat, 3.0 % Protein. She recently freshened
again in May.
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
from special friends. 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.
Cow of the Year is a special honor for the Agnews, as Phyllis’s 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.
What’s in a
name? The Agnew’s decided to choose unique, Australian city names for the
offspring from Bailey…thus, Borroloola.
The Cow of
the Year ceremony is organized annually by DATCP. The 2017 ceremony will be
held at approximately 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3 during the Milking Shorthorn
Heifer Show. The award will be presented by the DATCP Secretary and 70th
Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman.
year’s World Dairy Expo is scheduled Oct. 3-7. The annual dairy and trade show
draws more than 70,000 visitors to Madison from around the world. Learn more at