Here's something I'll bet you didn't know. The average life expectancy of a cow is 15 to 20 years. It's not something that comes up around the water cooler every week.

As you would expect beef cattle that are produced for consumers have a much shorter life span.

WHAT IS HER NAME
There is one particular cow that has gained worldwide recognition. Her name is Nor-Bert Colby Connie. A 14-year-old Holstein cow who resides at Nor-Bert Farm near Bremen, Indiana.

WORLD RECORD
She's an amazing pumper. According to AGRI-VIEW, Connie has pumped out a record 486,300 pounds of milk. With impressive milk-quality components of a lifetime record of 27,062 pounds of fat and 17,737 pounds of protein through her latest completed lactation.

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Connie is quite the competitor. Her new title squashed the previous record held by Chrome-View Charles 3044 who totaled 478,200 pounds of lifetime milk.

CONNIE'S DAILY ROUTINE
Day after day Connie lives a life of luxury on the multigenerational Nor-Bert Farm. She's a loner and prefers doing her own thing.

Life on a Cattle Ranch in Western South Dakota

Life is different out in the country. One look at the photo from Robin Bickel and you quickly realize that a workday is quite different as well, after all, she lives out west in South Dakota Cattle Country.

Robin Bickel took time to tell KIKN Country a little bit about her life out west and life as a woman, working outdoors with animals and nature in God's Country. Bickel lives and works on a cattle ranch operated by herself, her father, Jack, and his brother Keith. How far out in the country is she? How does 50 miles west of Mobridge, South Dakota sound? Yep, mountain time out there.

Life is so different in Sioux Falls, South Dakota compared to what our friends on the farm and ranches deal with. It's a half-mile to the grocery store for our family. For Robin, it's 17 miles. However, it's a quick step out her door and she's right in the middle of where a lot of the groceries come from.


Offbeat adventures: Travel to the coolest hidden wonders in every U.S. state

Fuel your offbeat travel dreams. Stacker found the coolest hidden wonders in all 50 U.S. states (plus D.C.) using data from Atlas Obscura.

[WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter private or abandoned property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing.]

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