Today is Strathmore Days and the Town of Strathmore put out some facts about the remarkable legacy of Strathmore Sylvia and the iconic CPR Supply Farm in Strathmore, Alberta.

Among the sprawling fields and rustic barns, Strathmore Sylvia, a Holstein dairy cow, etched her name in history with her extraordinary contributions to the dairy industry.

Originally named the C.P.R Supply Farm in 1919, this agricultural hub transformed, focusing on providing food to the Canadian Pacific Railway's dining cars and hotels.

Central to this endeavor was the establishment of a robust dairy operation, marked by the acquisition of a significant Holstein herd and the construction of state-of-the-art facilities.

At the heart of this thriving dairy farm stood Strathmore Sylvia, a standout among her peers.

"In an era when dairy production was the cornerstone of agricultural success, Sylvia surpassed all expectations, consistently delivering unparalleled yields of milk and butterfat. Her remarkable achievement of producing 29,371 pounds of milk and 1,267 pounds of butter in a single year elevated her to legendary status," it stated on the Town of Strathmore's Facebook.

Beyond her accomplishments, Strathmore Sylvia symbolized the excellence embodied by the entire Strathmore herd.

Renowned for their superior genetics and exceptional performance, these black and white cows became synonymous with quality and reliability.

The combination of CPR and the "Strathmore" prefix became emblematic of excellence wherever Holsteins were bred. Yet, it was in the show ring that the Strathmore Holsteins truly shone.

Embarking on an annual circuit that spanned multiple provinces and states, the Strathmore show herd captivated audiences with its grace and beauty.

Year after year, they dominated competitions, amassing an impressive array of accolades, including 18 All-American awards and 11 Reserve All-American honors. Strathmore Sylvia's legacy extends far beyond her impressive production numbers and show-ring triumphs.

She symbolizes the dedication and passion of the individuals behind the CPR Supply Farm, who tirelessly worked to elevate the standards of dairy farming in the region.

In 1905 the Hamlet of Strathmore moved from its original location at Eagle Lake, 4 miles north to be near the developing irrigation system.

The Hamlet of Strathmore attracted settlers quickly and on March 20, 1908, it was incorporated as the Village of Strathmore.

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