TORONTO, Canada-- During the Toronto's annual Royal
Agricultural Winter Fair, a three-year-old dairy cow,
bred in P.E.I. and previously owned by Alberta's Morsan Farms,
was sold at auction for $1.2 million-setting the new world
record for the Most
Photo: Missy the Cow, seen on the right,
was sold for $1.2 million at the Royal Agricultural Fair in
"She's by a very popular sire, the most popular
sire in the world right now, which has global demand everywhere,"
said Bloyce Thompson, the owner of Eastside Holsteins at Frenchfort,
Prince Edward Island, who bred the 3-year-old cow.
"She sold with contracts for embryos and
calves and sons so there will be a great impact in world genetics
with Missy in a lot of years to come" said Thompson, who added
that makes Missy's offspring "priceless.
Chris Parry, Morsan Farms' marketing manager,
said that the buyers will have the rights to Missy's embryos.
Over the course of her life, Missy
could have as many as 75 youngsters. The sale, to two buyers from the U.S.
and Denmark, makes Missy only the second cow in Canada to
crack the million dollar mark.
Morsan Farms marketing manager Chris Parry
says while the buyers have the rights to the genetically-superior
Missy's embryos, she won't be leaving Canada. Instead, she'll
remain in Ponoka, Alta., where she's been for nearly two years.
"She's quite a character. She has the personality
that she knows people like her," says Parry. "She likes to
show herself off."
Agricultural Winter Fair-the world’s largest indoor
agricultural and international equestrian competition- has
been home to the rodeo show, hundreds of exhibits, and competitions
since its inception in 1922.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the
Duchess of Cornwall opened the 2009 fair with 10,000 visitors
there to greet them.