Cow of the Week: Northcroft Ella Elevation


6/18/2013 9:54 AM

Northcroft Ella Elevation, owned by Woodbine Holsteins of Airville, Pa., is the one of the featured cows in the “Famous Cows of Pennsylvania” contest as part of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association’s 100th anniversary celebration.

George Knight took a chance on an overweight springing two year old bred to a pasture bull at the Wintercrest Sale in New York in 1976. It turned out to be a good investment with Northcroft Ella Elevation living 18 years, scoring Excellent 97 and producing more than 205,000 lifetime pounds of milk.

Sired by Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation and Northcroft Ella Arlinda, Ella was a four-time All-American in milking form in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1982. She was the first unanimous All-American Aged Cow in 1980, the same year she was grand and supreme champion at World Dairy Expo. She also took champions honors at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair the following year

Ella had production records of more than 50,000 pounds of milk and 2,000 pounds of fat, and was the top CTPI at one time. With at least 100 offspring that included eight sons in Japan, Ella transmitted extreme type and milk production. She had many Excellent offspring, including the first EX 97 offspring out of a 97-point dam, Valiant Eddie, with ABS.

Have a cow you would like to nominate for “Cow of the Week?” Send a photo and a paragraph about the nominated cow. Include owner’s name and hometown with the information to Charlene Shupp Espenshade,

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