Dairy Breeds

Dairy Breeds — Jersey


Dairy Barn, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


Jersey cows originally came from the Island of Jersey in the English Channel, off the coast of France. They were first imported to Canada in 1868. Canadian Jerseys are generally light fawn (deer-like) to black in colour. They may have white patches. With the highest fat content of all dairy breeds, milk from Jersey cows is perfect for cheeses, ice cream, and whipping cream. The Jersey is one of the smallest dairy breeds. Still, its milk production is close to that of the Guernsey at 22 litres per day.

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