Jersey

Available Bulls

Jante

Medard

Facts about Jersey

The Jersey breed is one of the largest breed of dairy cattle in the world.

Breeding Aim

Jerseys are well known for their milk which is noted for its high quality – it is particularly rich in protein, minerals and trace elements. The Jerseys has an ability to adapt to many kinds of climates, environments and management practices.

History of the Jersey Breed

As its name implies, the Jersey was bred on the British Channel Island of Jersey. It apparently descended from cattle stock brought over from the nearby Norman mainland, and was first recorded as a separate breed around 1700.The breed was isolated from outside influence for over two hundred years, from 1789 to 2008. In 2008, the States of Jersey took the historic step of ending the ban on imports, and allowing the import of bull semen from any breed of cattle, although only semen that is genetically pure will enable the resultant progeny to be entered in the Jersey Herd Book. For many decades each of the 12 parishes in Jersey would hold cattle shows in the Spring, Summer and Autumn of every year; followed in turn by the main shows held by the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society where the best of the parish shows would compete. It was said that the colour of the rosette secured by a prize winning cow determined its export value. Today the RJAHS holds two shows a year where usually 5 or 6 of the remaining 23 herds will compete against each other for the top prizes. A Jersey cattle show is also held in Jersey, by The West Show Association.

Characteristic

The Jersey is quite small, ranging from only 400–500 kilograms and has a fine but strong frame. It is typically light brown in colour, though this can range from being almost grey to dull black, which is known as Mulberry. They can also have white patches which may cover much of the animal. A true Jersey will however always have a black nose bordered by an almost white muzzle.