The world's most expensive cow makes her home in Parma, Italy. Her claim to fame?
GV: Cowsheds and stables near Parma, Italy.
SV: Cows in shed and woman with one of them.
GV: Owner Mr. Villani Aldo leading Janet (who's a cow) out into farm yard and Janet paraded in yard. (4 shots)
CU: Sign of farm ZOOM OUT milk tanks
SV: Trophies won in international competitions by Aldo for cow.
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Background: The world's most expensive cow makes her home in Parma, Italy. Her claim to fame is the daily production of an amazingly large quantity of milk, enough in fact to supply all the needs of eighteen heavy milk-drinking families of four.
SYNOPSIS: Flettdale Marquis Janet--known as 'Janet' by her intimates--calls these stables near Parma, northern Italy, home.
It's not known how she is regarded by her fellow cows--or whether there is an air of competition these days on the Villani Aldo farm.
But both her owner Mr. Aldol and Janet seem to be taking fame in their stride. While bulls, with their ability to sire many calves each year bring astronomical prices for their bloodlines, cows on the other hand can only improve their breed by one calf a year. And Janet recently gave birth to a yet unnamed calf.
But it is not motherhood that has brought her into the limelight. It's her incredible milk production. In the past three hundred and five days, Janet has given her Italian owner enough milk to fill a small swimming pool.
That's more than two thousand and seven hundred gallons (12,300 litres) in less than ten months.
Mr. Aldol paid one hundred and twenty five thousand dollars for Janet who was born in Canada a little over four years ago.
The proud owner not only has a daily supply of milk to show for his bargain buy -- Janet has an ever-increasing array of trophies and ribbons that attest to her special status. She comes from the prestigious Holstein-Friesian breed known around the world for their quality and holds a special place in their Herd Book -- a sort of "who's who" of the cow world.