Famous farm sells last of its prized Holsteins

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont farm considered by some to be the “Mercedes” of the cattle world has sold the last of its famous Holsteins.

Lylehaven Farm in East Montpelier held a final auction Friday.

Jerry Rappaport, a philanthropist and real estate developer, is getting out of the business of cattle breeding.

The 87-year-old told NECN that “he got fascinated with the idea of breeding the perfect cow.” Nearly a decade ago, Lylehaven sold a cow for more than $1 million.

On Friday, the cows went for several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.

Adolf Langhout from the Netherlands attended the auction. He says Lylehaven is recognized in breeding as “like a Mercedes or Audi.”

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