The ‘Jersey’ breed of dairy cow originates from the Island of Jersey and it is quite distinct from all other breeds of livestock. Renowned for its beauty, ease of management and natural ability to produce rich creamy milk, the ‘Jersey’ is a product of the Island, its soil, its climate, its people and their history.
The early influences on the breed are shrouded in obscurity, as with most domestic breeds, although legislation introduced by the States of Jersey in 1763 preventing the importation of cattle, to protect the local market for agricultural products, ensured the evolution of the ‘Jersey’ breed.
Jersey farmers concentrated on developing their cattle from the limited local population and their skill ‘fixed’ the special characteristics of the ‘Jersey’ resulting in the cattle we see today. The Island breed is recognised internationally as a unique population of livestock.
The ‘Jersey’ is predominantly fawn in colour, although they can range from almost pure mulberry (black) to broken coloured, including patches of white.
The most distinctive features of the ‘Jersey’ are its black nose with a mealy white band round it, the traditional dished face, refined bone and graceful beauty.