Sunday, 1 April 2012


Today is the two-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the invention of the cow.

One of my distant relatives Sir Algenon Muff became aware of how empty the fields on his estate were. "I was struck by the notion that large, grass-eating, milk-producing, edible mammals would be a positive boon". he later proclaimed.

After several early attempts, including a winged version that immediately flew away, Sir Muff came up with a prototype of the mooing creature we know and, in some cases, love today. A superb example of great British knowhow.

Early prototype of the cow

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