In 2008, Gunther Wahl set the world record for milking a cow at two liters in two minutes. in 2012, Maurizio Paschetta smashed that record by getting four and a half liters. At the 2014 World Cow-milking Championship in Lenna, Italy, last week, Gianmario Ghirardi milked an astounding 8.7 liters in two minutes to win the title. The championship was not without controversy. The previous title holder, Paschetta, refused to participate this year. Why?
“For a competition at this level I would have expected strong anti-doping checks on the cows and milkers to protect the animals and guarantee transparency of the top positions,” he was quoted as saying.
“The event could be a showcase for the agricultural world and its traditions, but this has been neglected in the organization,” Paschetta said.