T.B. Macaulay and Mount Victoria Farm

Creator(s): Hudson Historical Society

This is the story of a person, T. B. Macaulay (1860-1942), an animal, Johanna Rag Apple Pabst "Old Joe" (1921-1933), and a place, Mount Victoria Farm, Hudson Heights, Quebec. T. B. Macaulay, President of Sun Life Company from 1915 to 1934, bought Mount Victoria Farm in 1900. It was simply a country home and hobby farm until the 1920s when Macaulay bought "Old Joe", a prize-winning Holstein bull, and six pure-bred Holstein cows. By applying the principles of genetics, which guided his actuarial tables at Sun Life, Macaulay was able to create an excellent herd. Members of this herd, which was dispersed upon his death in 1942, are the ancestors of most pure-bred Holstein cattle in the world today.

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