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from a print of a painting by the renowned Canadian artist and Jersey breeder, Ross Butler, of Woodstock, Ontario  (Ross Butler Studio)

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Basilua, P.S. Folio 75 JHB, alias Brampton Basilua, 48490 CJCC
Dam:  Bonnie Benedicta 7th, P. 28127 H. C.  JHB
  In September of 1933 Mr. Harry Jenkins, editor of the Jersey Bulletin of Indianapolis, Indiana, reported the completed record of the great Jersey cow Brampton Basilua 48490 CJCC.  But the story really began on Jersey Island when she was born on December 30, 1926.  Mr. J. G. LeM. Turner,  St. Saviour was her breeder and she was known as Basilua, P.S. Folio 75 in the Jersey Herd Book.

B. H. Bull and Son of Brampton, Ontario Canada, famous Jersey cattle importers of the time, brought her to Canada in May 1929.  She was offered for sale, but when the purchaser found out he had too many animals, Basilua was left behind at Brampton.  Such is the fate in the breeding of cattle, for she might have gone into obscurity at another home.

(The foreward to the Brampton 75th Anniversary Sale Catalogue in 1953 had this to say about Brampton Basilua.  She was listed as lot 6 in the 1929 catalogue.  Dr. McKillop of Nakina in Northern Ontario purchased her for $750.00.  He later found that he had purchased one too many, so fortunately Basilua was kep at Brampton.  The doctor did not even test.  Her descendant Brampon Lady Beacon sold in the 1953 sale.)

The Bull family recognized that they had a good heifer on their hands when Basilua made a two year old record of 11,751 lbs. milk and 668 lbs. fat.  Basilua weighed about 950 lbs. at the time of completing her championship rcord.  She was said to have the qualities of a truly good dairy cow, an even temperament which was difficult to upset.  She was milked three times daily and cared for by Mr. George Flood along with other cows on test in a barn that had no electricity.

Brampton Basilua's feeds during the test were: concentrates--bran, 100lbs.; oats, 200lbs.; ground oats, 200lbs.; corn gluten, 100 lbs.; oil cake meal, 50 lbs.; soy bean meal, 50 lbs.;  roughages--hay: timothy, alfalfa and clover; root:mangels.  For about the first three weeks her ration was mostly bran with a little of the above mixture, gradually cutting down on the bran and increasing the grain until about the sixth week when she was on the above mixture excepting soy bean meal, which was added in her fifth month.  For most of her test she ate about 24 lbs. of grain mixture a day and 8 lbs. of beet pulp, which was soaked for noon and night feeding with her grain, with an extra handful of oil cake meal and salt added.  For minerals she had charcoal 1 part, sterilized bone meal 1 part, salt 1 part, mixed at 5 lbs. to 100 lbs. of grain.  She ate 40 lbs. of root per day during the winter and 12 lbs. of hay.  She was fed four times daily, two of dry feed and two of mash, with her hay fed after the morning, noon, and her last feed at night.  She was the first cow milked in the morning and the last at night.  No silage was fed, she got her roughage from the hay, mangels, and beet pulp.

Basilua was out for excercise every day while the barn was being cleaned, often with the temperature below zero.  For pasture she was let into a plot adjoining the barn with another cow for company for just the last 90 days of her test, only for about four hours each day afterthe morning milking and in the evening.  Not once during the whole test was she off feed.  At the time of her record in 1933 she was a world champion for butterfat production, producing a record of 19012 lbs. milk and 1312 lbs. fat, a butterfat record which stood in the breed until 1952.

Basilua had a son Brampron Basileus 91299 CJCC who left many sons and grandsons in North America.  Her only daughter was Brampton Lady Basilua 88733 CJCC who founded a maternal line which is still breeding on today.  Although Basilua classified "very good", both of her progeny were classified "excellent."

The descendents of Basilua live on today in the Medicine Bow Jersey Herd in Georgia and Ohio, as well as other herds throughout North America.

1933 World Record  19012 lbs. milk 1312 lbs. butterfat
from a print of a painting by the renowned Canadian artist and Jersey breeder, Ross Butler, of Woodstock, Ontario  (Ross Butler Studio)
two world record cows, Brampton Basilua and Sybil Tessie Lorna shown at the 1938 National Dairy Show in Columbus, Ohio