Billings Farm to Nintendo: Bring It On!
This udderly unexpected contest is real March Madness.
Holy Cow! Real people from Nintendo are coming to Woodstock's Billings Farm on Wednesday to compete in a cow-milking competition. Nintendo recently released a virtual cow-milking game on its new console, the Nintendo Switch. Tom Remp, Billings Farm’s director of marketing, and Alayna Perkins, the farm manager, thought the game made milking look easy. Too easy. So they challenged Nintendo on Facebook.
We’re one of New England’s premier living history museums. We’re writing because our farm staff recently saw the cow milking game for Nintendo Switch and decided that you’ve taken all the challenge out of milking. We have 30 adorable Jersey milking cows that we milk twice a day, and it is NEVER that easy. We also think that you guys look pretty slow. To this end, we’d like to set up some sort of challenge to pit our team against yours to see who can milk the fastest. If you accept, let us know and we can work out the details. The question is: Is your team brave enough?
Thanks, Tom and Alayn
Remp and Perkins were “pleased and slightly amazed" that Nintendo responded 19 minutes after they posted. Nintendo's computer geeks may not know how to milk a cow, but they certainly know how to milk the publicity machine. Tech sites across the Internet lit up with news of the challenge. (Farming-related sites, not so much.)
Still . . . you gotta give the farm team points for some classy trash talkin'.
“Good luck! We’ve been at this over 100 years,” taunted the Billings farmers to their Nintendo rivals after the challenge was accepted.
In case you’re wondering, here’s what milking a virtual cow looks like.
Nintendo will visit the farm on Wednesday, March 29th “to take part in a bit of friendly competition." The event isn’t open to the public -- however, the farm will make a video that dailyUV plans to post.