Dairy farmer Eric Patenaude kisses his Guinness World Records champion milking cow, has provided 216,891 kg of milk during her lifetime.
Most milk produced in a lifetime: Canadian cow sets world record
To dairy farmers the world over, Smurf is a celebrity cow.
Smurf, a 16-year-old Holstein cow has produced more than 57,000 gallons of milk (that’s 216,891 kg or 478,163 pounds) in now 12 lactations – and is still producing – at “La Ferme Gilette” in Embrun, Ontario, just outside Ottawa, has broken the Guinness World Record for most milk produced over a lifetime. In the history of the world, no cow has been her equal.
The Patenaude family of Embrun, Ontario, has a long history in the country. It has been nine generations since the family first arrived from France, and the family has flourished. The family farm run by Gilles Patenaude and his sons was originally purchased by his grandfather back in 1881. Although originally a commercial production dairy, since 1980 Gilles and his sons, Marc, Louis, Vincent and Mathieu, have built the business into a top-class purebred Holstein breeding facility.
Their cows are all registered Holsteins, with about 450 cows milking, a similar number of dry cows and replacement heifers and about 100 bulls. Ferme Gillette is well known for producing excellent breeding bulls, with sales to A.I. units around the Canada and export sales around the world. Milking takes place three times a day in a double-12 parallel parlour with a pipeline. While Canada has long been renowned for the quality of its Holstein cattle, the previous record-holder was from Japan. It remains to be seen what Gillette Emperor Smurf final production record will be.