What Is a Jersey Cow?


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Jersey cows are the second largest breed of dairy cattle, renowned for the quality and taste of the milk they produce. Their milk contains a high content of butterfat.

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What Is a Jersey Cow?
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Jersey cows are outstanding milk producers, and produce more pounds of milk per pound of body weight than any other cattle breed.

They are one of the oldest cattle breeds and were found in England as early as 1771. The breed originated on the Island of Jersey, a small British island in the English Channel, and is highly adaptable to a wide range of climates and conditions. Jersey cows are very heat-tolerant and are bred in the hottest parts of Brazil.

Jersey cows are also considered to be excellent grazers. They have inquisitive and docile temperaments and are good herd choices because they are easy to maintain. They calve easily and earlier than most other breeds.

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