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Jersey cattle,

breed of dairy cattle native to the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Jerseys, smallest of the dairy breeds, are usually a shade of fawn or cream, although darker shades are common. The lighter colors are attributed to Norman ancestors, while the darker cattle are thought to have descended from breeds native to Brittany. Jerseys are adaptable to many environments and are now found throughout the world. They were first brought to the United States c.1850, and soon became one of the most popular breeds. The high butterfat content of their milk—useful in the production of cheese—has led to an increase of the number of Jersey cattle in recent years, despite an overall decline in the dairy cattle population.

Jersey Cattle


a breed of dairy cow bred in England (the island of Jersey) by improving the local Normandy and Brittany cattle and selecting for fat properties. Inbreeding was widely used, and as a result, the breed’s delicate, dry, and sometimes overdeveloped constitution has been reinforced. The animals have a broad, indented forehead, well-developed eye sockets, and a short facial skull area; the neck is long and smooth; the chest is deep but narrow; the withers are often sharp and high; the ribs slanted and rounded; the loins are long; and the rump broad. There are often flaws in the animals’ exterior or constitution. The coloring ranges from light chestnut and fawn to dark brown. The bulls weigh 600-700 kg, and the cows, 360-400 kg. The cows’ milk yield is an average of 3,500 kg per year, and the fat content of the milk is 5-6 percent.

Jersey cattle are raised in England, the USA, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Australia, among other countries. They were first imported to the USSR in 1947. Jersey bulls are crossbred with cows of other dairy breeds in order to increase the fat content.


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A verandah at the south side gave on to a garden and two tennis courts, separated by a tasteful iron fence from a most park-like meadow of five or six acres, where two Jersey cows grazed.
The Jersey cow produces less milk when compared to the Friesian but is high in butterfat content that can be used to produce butter and cheese.
In Jersey, she dives into their cultural traditions and helps inseminate the iconic Jersey cow, and finds out more about how this island continues to hold onto its own traditional values.
In Jersey, she dives into cultural traditions and helps inseminate the iconic Jersey cow, and finds out more about how this island continues to hold onto its own traditional values.
When a 1,500-pound Jersey cow decides the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, not much is going to keep her in.
In another posting, there is a comparison of the black and white Holstein Friesian cow and the brown Jersey cow.
MILK maiden Bambi the Jersey cow joined Bryan Boggs from Clandeboye Estate and Tesco NI's Caoimhe Mannion to help launch Clandeboye Estate yoghurt smoothies into stores.
Milk from a Jersey cow, she says, "has a creamier taste.
We had a Jersey cow, in milk, who adopted an orphaned lamb.
The custard is made with Twig Farm * Washed Rind Wheel, Wheel is a semisoft full-bodied raw goat milk cheese Sometimes Jersey cow milk is mixed In when cows from Joe Severys nearby farm are on pasture.
Swissy, a brown Jersey cow, still produces 30 litres-a-day at Kingswood Farm, Forden, near Welshpool.
The family also did well in the Jersey cow competition on Nov.

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