Missouri cow is new Holstein butterfat champion

MS Bayless Champ Flipper-ET, a four-year-old registered Holstein owned by Derek Page, Mt. Vernon, Mo., is the new all-time champion for butterfat production in a single lactation in the Holstein breed.

Calving at 3 years, 9 months of age, Flipper completed a 365-day record on three times-a-day milking of 3,705 lbs. of butterfat. She produced 64,130 lbs. of milk and 1,891 lbs. of protein, both of which rank Flipper first nationally for milk and protein in the senior-three-year-old division as well. She peaked at 242 lbs. of milk in one day.

Classified Excellent-91 at 4 years, 1 month of age, Flipper produced a great lactation as a two-year-old as well, with 42,870 lbs. of milk, 1,730 lbs. of butterfat and 1,305 lbs. of protein on three times-a-day milking, calving at 2-2.

Flipper is a daughter of Calbrett-I H H Champion-ET and is out of Clinita Terry Future-ET, an EX-92 Dam of Merit with a top record of 3-9, 2x, 365d, 36,420M, 795F, 973P.

Page purchased Flipper in the Norman Bayless dispersal in April 2006, and less than two weeks later she was the fourth-place senior two-year-old at the Southern National Holstein show.

Page said one of the funniest things about Flipper’s record is that he didn’t want her to milk that much because he wanted to show her as a three-year-old at World Dairy Expo. “We tried to slow her down by just giving her hay and grain,” Page said, “but she just kept losing condition, so we put her on a TMR and away she went. If we hadn’t tried to slow her down, she probably would have set the all-time milk record too.”

Derek farms with his parents, Leon and Betty. The herd is enrolled on Holstein COMPLETE and the 100-cow Holstein herd has a rolling herd average of nearly 30,000 lbs. of milk.