Famous for Cows and Mustard

There are 1,277,000 dairy cows here in Wisconsin. With the addition of two new Norwegian mustards to the collection (thank you, Svein Morner), there are now 6,015 different mustards at the National Mustard Museum. We’ll do the math for you: for every mustard here in Middleton there are 212 cows in the pastures of Wisconsin. If you are a mustard thinking of dating a cow, those are pretty good odds.

As long-time readers may recall, the Curator has this thing about cows, especially Elm Farm Ollie, the first cow to fly in an airplane (Feb. 18, 1930). Why not buy a Bovine Beauties Gift Box (BVN33) for your beloved, a most thoughtful holiday present? It contains three mustards in honor of three famous cows (Elm Farm Ollie, Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow, and the Cow That Jumped Over The Moon) plus a CD recording of the Bovine Cantata in Bb Major from the opera “Madame Butterfat.”

The Curator is also proud of the fact that his grandfather, a cattle broker in Central Massachusetts, brokered the sale of the first real Elsie to the Borden Company back in the 1930s. That is true. She (the cow, not the grandfather) was a Jersey cow with the registered name of “You’ll do, Lobelia.” Go ahead – look it up. That means the Curator is related to Elsie the cow. A sort of distant cousin. Or is it COW-SIN?

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