They are the popular black and white cows that dot the landscape throughout Central New York and other parts of the Empire State. They became the most popular with dairy farmers because of their great milk production and great staying power of the animals.
But what many people probably don't know is we owe it to a man in Madison County for these Holstein cows being here in the first place.
But in 1869, Miller brought in some more of the breed and established a herd in Central Madison County near Peterboro. He also began keeping records of his herd, listing which calves were born to which cows to correctly track lineage. This is another important contribution of Miller because today, lineage is extremely important in breeding cows with good composition and milk production.
There is a monument just north of Peterboro marking Miller's contribution to the dairy industry in the United States and New York. It is on Oxbow Road and was dedicated in 1929.