Monday, 1 April 2013
The Jersey Cow - An Insight
Originating from the Channel Island from whence its name came, the tale of the Jersey Cow begins as far back as the early 18th century, when it was first recorded as a seperate breed.
Starting from the year 1789, the Jersey cow was completely isolated from interbreeding and imports from around the world by island law so that they could maintain the purity of the breed, a pride of Jersey for many years. The embargo was only very recently lifted in 2008, albeit with very strict import legislation in place to continue protecting the breed from outer influence.
The Jersey cow has long been held as a fine tradition in the world of livestock, and it's clear to see why; substantial and highly economical benefits in production, such as a high fertility rate, high butterfat conditions, grazing ability and being able to thrive on local produce make the Jersey cow a very desirable breed from a business perspective. Besides this, they are generally very docile and curious creatures by nature, making them ideal for the first time owner, and are very capable of adapting to hot climates, which has led to them being a popular breed in countries on the equator such as Brazil.
The Jersey cow is rather small, weighing in at about 950 pounds on average (1,500 for bulls), and are often recognisable by their various shades of brown, although typically fawn. Purebred Jerseys tend to be identifiable by the presence of a light band around the muzzle, black hooves and a long, dark switch. The practice of exporting Jerseys for the purpose of beneficial cross-breeding is carried out-
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Sorry folks, I've got the wrong blog. This article was meant for The Cattle Review.