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Breed: Jersey:

  • Jerseys are typically a shade of fawn.
  • But occasionally a Jersey could be grey, reddish, or spotted white.
  • Whatever the color, the underside of the Jersey is lighter.
  • A light band appears around the muzzle.
  • The muzzle is typically black, but a buff-colored muzzle is possible.
  • Jerseys have a broad face with prominent eyes.
  • They have a black skin pigment and a small chest.
  • Jerseys are a refined, cute cow, with wedgy body shape.
  • The Jersey has the richest milk with the highest percentage of butterfat and protein.
  • The cows have a docile nature and are intelligent.
  • They are also the most heat tolerant of dairy cows.
  • The exact origin of the Jersey is uncertain, but Jersey cows have resided on the Isle of Jersey for at least 1,000 years.
  • The breed is guaranteed purebred since 1763.
  • The breed standard formed in 1844; and the U.S. breed society was founded in 1868.


Source: A Field Guide to Cows , by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, pp.62-63.
Picture from Farming Pages (NZ).