Situated on School Hill between the city of Salem and
Interstate 94, Salem Sue the World's largest Holstein cow and
the second largest roadside animal sculpture in North Dakota.
Salem Sue was erected by the New Salem Lion's Club back in 1974
for the total cost of $40,000 which was donated by the local
farmers, businesspeople, dairymen and the residents of the city.
Salem Sue is constructed entirely of fiber glass is hollow. The
sculpture is so large that she can be seen from five miles away.
The artist who created Salem Sue is also the same artist who
created the world's largest catfish in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
The sculpture weighs about 6 tons and was so big that she had to
be constructed in 3 sections to get her up the hill.
Salem Sue is one popular Holstein cow. She is recognized
worldwide and helps to promote tourism and businesses. She also
serves to educate and cultivate the interest of New Salem's
youth towards the science of animal husbandry and the benefits
of living in a rural community.
The Holstein or
Friesian cow is a breed of dairy cow, widely known today as the
world's highest production dairy animal. Holstein cow's orginated from Europe and were developed in what is now known as
Holsteins are easily recognized by their distinctive
markings and outstanding milk production. They are big, stylish
animals with pattern markings of black and white.
New Salem, the Holstein cows were shown at many fairs.
Advertising costs were funded
by each owner contributing 5% of
of the selling price of each Holstein to the circuit.
Eventually, the New Salem Holstein breeding stock has been sold
in every county in North Dakota and more states in the Union.
The Circuit obtained enthusiastic assistance and advice from
Professor Sheppard and Max Morgan (Extension Livestock
Specialists) from the North Dakota Agricultural College (now
North Dakota State University - NDSU). Cow testing, feed cost
record keeping, breeding records and showmanship were some of
the benefits received from the college in addition to the annual
celebration which consisted of touring the farms to view and
judge livestock, barns, equipment, etc. One year, there were
more than 750 people on the tour going from one farm to another.
In a nearby gas station is where you will find a brochure that
explains what Sue's purpose is. It is said that her primary
purpose is to honor and promote the dairymen of the area.
Honored as well are the past New Salem champion cows.