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A hundred years ago, a small farming community called Turriff in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, became the unlikely stage for one of the most bizarre anti-government riots ever staged in Britain. At the center of the disruption was a white shorthorn cow, famed throughout the country as the "Turra Coo".

The story of Turra’s most famous “coo” begins in 1911, the year the government introduced National Insurance. According to this new scheme both workers and employers were required to contribute towards the funding of state benefits, such as insurance against illness and unemployment, which was made compulsory for all workers between the ages of 16 and 70.


A bronze statue of “Turra Coo” in Turriff.

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