A Prodigious Stud
Photo courtesy of Osborne Family Homestead Museum
We only have humans in the Derby Hall of Fame; but if we were to include animals, the bull pictured above would be at the head of the line. Some have even referred to him as the "Father of the modern Holstein" because of his prodigious stud activity. He was born in 1952 and died in November, 1963.
Holsteins originally arrived in the US from the Netherlands in the 1800's, but imports stopped in the early 1900's. Waldo Stewart Kellogg started breeding cattle on the family dairy farm in Derby after acquiring a prized English bull, and the farm became famous for its contributions to the quality of the Holstein- Friesian bloodline.
Breeding was highly selective in the early days, but major changes took place in the 1950's when artificial insemination was developed. In the new world of breeding this bull became a superstar, and it is estimated that through artificial insemination, he sired up to 100,000 offspring! One site that tracks such things claims that a great grandson of this bull sold $25,000,000 dollars worth of sperm in its lifetime.
For this quiz, we want to know the name of the prized bull from Derby!
Special thanks to Randy Ritter for suggesting this quiz.
To see our earlier quizzes and learn more about Derby's unique history, click here.