Breeding dairy cows used to be a romantic affair — farmers would put two of their favorite cows in a pen together and hope for the best. If you were lucky, your best cows would produce one calf each year. But today, thanks to advances in technology, a small group of dairy farmers can get more than ten calves from each of their favorite cows every month. And they’ve been quietly competing to produce the country’s most genetically elite cows.
Live auctions, big money, and beautiful udders: VICE News explores the strange world of supercows.
This segment originally aired on November 1, 2017 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.