Lily Flagg was a Jersey cow and the world’s top producer of milk in the 1890’s. She was owned by W. E. Mathews and General Samuel Moore of Huntsville, Alabama.
Lily Flagg won numerous state fairs and was invited to compete at the Chicago World Fair, which was an extreme honor. While in Chicago, an inexperienced farm hand was given the job of caring for Lily Flagg. He thought by not milking her for a couple of days, she would produce even more milk during the competition.
However, failing to milk a cow on a daily basis results in swelling of the udders and can lead to infection. As a result, Lily Flagg did not perform well and lost the competition.
Lily Flagg went on to win other awards and was later used for breading. Cows with Lily Flagg in their pedigree sold for top dollar.
Lily Flagg was the most famous cow in Alabama. In Huntsville, there is a road named after her. Her name continues to live on, even thorough she died over a hundred years ago.