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Holstein Friesian Cattle in Ontario

Holstein Friesian Cattle in Ontario

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Holstein Friesian Cattle in Ontario

Photo by Richard Turcotte- Posted August, 2015

Holstein Friesian Cattle in Ontario

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Stormont
On a rock cairn 1.5 km in from the entrance to the
Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Road 2
just east of Upper Canada Village


Coordinates: N 44 57.912 W 75 02.032

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Plaque Text

In 1881 Michael Cook, who operated a prosperous 80 ha farm here, imported the first Holstein Friesian cattle into Ontario. This was part of a movement among progressive farmers to find a breed of cattle that would produce enough milk for Ontario's growing dairy industry, especially cheese production. Initially Cook imported two bulls and ten cows. He continued to import Holstein cattle from the United States and The Netherlands, and distribute them throughout the province. The Holstein quickly established its reputation with Ontario farmers and, in 1886, the Dairymen's Association of Eastern Ontario recognized the Holstein as the leading milk-producing breed.

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