Big Bertha The Cow That Drank Whiskey

Emily Hirsch | March 10th, 2019

There is one legend in the cow world and that is Big Bertha, a huge cow that drank beer and was the mother to over 39 calves. For most cows, 25 years is already extremely old, but Big Bertha was born during World War II and lived until she was 48 years old. And during her long life, she was able to fit in a lot of excitement and break multiple Guinness World Records. Big Bertha even topped it off by raising over $75,000 for cancer, becoming a celebrity in the cattle fair worlds.

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Being a true pioneer of the Irish cattle world, Big Bertha would regular attend St Patrick Day parades. Yet the noise and all the people would make her very nervous so her owner thought of a perfect solution and calmed her nerves by letting her drink whiskey.

This may have been the secret to her long life, earning the world record for oldest cow ever. And also she earned several world records for the most calves ever to be born from one cow. Legend has it that Big Bertha was loved by so many local people in Ireland, that when she did die her local pub was packed. The news reports stated it was packed to suffocation and hundreds were toasting her memory.

Hundreds of people had enjoyed a pint of beer with Big Bertha over the years, it was easy to see why she was such a celebrity. A unique cow that helped raise money for charities, saving cancer patients – what is not to love? In fact, her stuffed body is on display on a farm in Ireland. Apparently, it is quite the tourist attraction in the cattle loving world.

Big Bertha was a Droimeann breed of cattle which is a native cattle breed in Ireland. The cow was purchased by Jerome O’Leary at a cattle show and he reared her in Kenmare, South West Ireland at his farm. And it seems her genes did run in the family with some of her offspring living to the age of 35 years old.

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