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Knowledge @ Noon w/ Lynne Gough Author, Illustrator & Historical Researcher

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512 Gibson Rd

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Woodland, CA 95695

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The story of Tilly Alcarta, an award-winning cow and her influence on the rise of the Holstein Cattle Industry and Yolo County Dairies.

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Lynne Gough is the author of Asa and the Holstein Queen, published in 2016. Based on a beloved family story, the book outlines the history of America as witnessed by four generations of the Morris family of Yolo County. It culminates in the life her great-grandfather, Asa W. Morris of Woodland, and his world famous Holstein cow, Tilly Alcartra.

Lynne’s colorful Powerpoint presentation is a result of years of research and includes vintage photos as well as original illustrations. The program will primarily focus on Tilly, whose phenomenal milk production made her a world champion in the early twentieth century. Before the advent of Yolo County’s “Purple Circle,” Tilly was a bovine superstar. She broke so many world records that the American dairy industry crowned her the “Queen of Holsteins.”

Tilly was the culmination of Asa Morris’ thirty year cattle breeding career. Before her arrival, he was already well known in the American Dairy Industry for his high quality registered Holstein livestock. Born in 1857, in Greene County, Pennsylvania, Asa came to California in 1879 to work for his uncle—a gold rush pioneer and Yolo County landowner. Over many years Asa rose from farmhand to landowner to world renowned Holstein breeder. He and his four sons bred many champion cows and bulls that won numerous awards.

In 1908, Asa purchased Tilly as a yearling. She proved to be so good-natured that the Morris family adored her. Under Asa’s expert care, she exceeded expectations for milk production and became the most famous cow in the world. Asa took Tilly on publicity tours to promote the Holstein breed and the agricultural advantages of Yolo County. Tilly always rode in a “parlor car” on the train, had parades held in her honor, and was an invited guest at the luxurious Palace Hotel in San Francisco where she was stabled in the lobby!

Tilly’s life story was once a part of Woodland’s elementary school curriculum. This presentation aims to introduce new generations to Tilly’s amazing story and the important legacy she and Asa left behind. Her eight offspring and their descendants founded many award-winning Holstein herds across America and beyond. Her genetics greatly improved Holstein cattle and helped to make the breed the most popular and productive in the world.

Lynne will offer her book for sale and will also bring photos and artifacts from her collection.

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