By Doug Schroder


ORANGEVILLE – Winnebago graduate Patty Meads-Hanson is keeping the memory of her Holstein cow Blosom, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Tallest, alive as a children’s book has recently been released about the tall bovine.

“Everyone Loves Blosom” is hitting online outlets Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Patty Meads-Hanson wrote the paperback children’s book along with Ingram Publishing and she hopes that eventually the book will also be available on bookshelves.

Blosom entered the Guinness World Record Book back in 2014 as the World’s Tallest Cow, standing at 6’4” at the withers. Guinness selected the Blosom entry as the fourth best of the year.

Unfortunately, Blosom passed away in May 2015 at the age 0f 14.

Blosom was the Hanson family pet for nearly all her life. “We got her when she was only eight weeks old,” said Patty. “We later learned she was unable to have calves, but we just didn’t want to part with her. She’s always been just a friendly animal.”

Patty’s father, Gene Meads, now deceased, gave in and the cow enjoyed her days at the Memory Lane Crafting Retreat several miles east of McConnell ever since.

“She’was our ambassador to the guests who come and craft with us,” said Patty. “Everyone loves Blosom.”

Nearly a year ago, several of Patty’s friends, including a veterinarian, commented on Blosom’s height and suggested Patty check on a possible world record.

“It’s a lot of work to get the record approved,” said Patty, “but I know Blosom is at least two inches taller at the withers than any other cow on record.”

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(Courtesy photo) Blosom welcomed the Leaf River Soaring Eagles 4-H club to her farm on Wednesday, June 16, 2014. Children will again be able to enjoy Blosom by reading the new book Everyone Loves Blosom.


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