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Somerset County cow takes part in celebrity milking contest

January 15, 2019

Taking matters into both hands, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding led his team to victory in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest Friday at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Four teams of five media personalities, agricultural royalty, cabinet members and legislators came together for a chance to experience the dairy industry up close, from the producers to the actual animals they raise.

Redding’s milking prowess helped yield the team 1.5 pounds of milk from a Holstein cow. His team included state Rep. John Lawrence, Rep. Pam DeLissio, Valerie Pritchett of ABC 27 and Rep. Steve Malagari. The Holstein, Angry, is owned by Delaware Valley University.

Two teams tied for second and third place. One team was led by Sen. Elder Vogel, milking 0.7 pounds of milk from a Red and White cow. The cow, named Britt, is owned by Hostetter dairy in Somerset County.

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