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rnrnJersey Cattle, or Alderney Cattle,rnare a small breed of dairy cattle from Jersey, a small British island in thernEnglish Channel off the coast of France. They are popular because their milkrnhas high butterfat content and they are lower maintenance cattle. They are onernof the oldest breeds of dairy breeds – they originated nearly six centuries ago.rnThey were brought to the United States in the 1850's.

rnrnrnrnJersey herds are found fromrnDenmark to Australia and New Zealand, from Canada to South America, and fromrnSouth Africa to Japan. They are excellent grazers and perform well in intensiverngrazing programs. They are more tolerant of heat than the larger breeds. Withrnan average weight of 900 pounds, the Jersey produces more pounds of milk perrnpound of body weight than any other breed. Most Jerseys produce far in excessrnof 13 times their bodyweight in milk each lactation.


rnrnJersey bulls, while smaller, arernextremely masculine. They are quite muscular about their crests and shouldersrnand are considerably less refined throughout than females. The same generalrnqualities of straight lines and diary conformation are found in the cows.


rnrnJerseys Cows come inrna wide range of colors, from a very light gray to a very dark fawn to almostrnblack. Both the bulls and females are commonly darker about the hips and aboutrnthe head and shoulders than on the body. Most breeders slightly prefer thernmedium shades of color to the extremes, but nearly all of them realize that typernand producing ability are far more important than the shade of color or whetherrnthe color is solid or broken.



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The American Jersey Cattle Association The American Jersey Cattle Association - www.usjersey.com


The American Jersey Cattle Association The American Jersey Cattle Association - www.usjersey.com


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