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Montana AG Network: Long-time MSU-Northern educator "Bessie the Cow" retires

Bessie the cow has been a resident of MSU-Northern for more than 50 years
Posted at 10:46 AM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 13:27:10-04

Bessie the cow has been a resident of MSU Northern for over 50 years.

The school originally purchased her as a trainer for teaching agriculture students how to artificially inseminate cattle.

She’s spent her career in Brockmann Center 205 or the Ag Lab. Bessie arrived when Brockmann was brand new and she has observed a half-century of agricultural students over the years.

MSU Northern staff say that Bessie has been an easy keeper and a good docile bovine, which served her well when she ventured out on float rides in Havre Festival Days parades.

She has also been herded in the spring of the year to the Northern Agricultural Research Center where she unabashedly helped educate hundreds of seventh graders on ungulate reproductive physiology.

Bessie has been branded by the Professional Agricultural Student Club and her PAS brand is officially registered with the State of Montana. She’s retired as an agricultural educator and currently has a place of honor, high on the west wall of the Ag Lab.

Bessie spends her days chewing her cud, relaxing and startling freshman agriculture students by occasionally swishing her tail.