A Million-Dollar Moo Moo Named Mist Becomes the Beauty Queen of the Bovine Business
updated 08/05/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/05/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Until the 1970s a typical cow bore perhaps 10 offspring in a lifetime, and half of those would be bulls, which are relatively worthless except for veal scaloppine. But animal embryos now can be transplanted, split, trisected and frozen, so Mist, as she's known around the pasture, is hot property. Her offspring—she has 16 to date and 14 of her embryos are developing in utero in other cows—are sought by breeders as far away as France and Holland. Mist's female calves now bring up to $100,000 apiece.
"At the auction there was instant recognition of Mist's beauty," says her proud owner. The black-and-white cow, Rappaport explains, has everything—good family, great legs and fine proportions.
Elsie, eat your cud out.