jersey cattle society
Jersey Cattle Society
of the United Kingdom
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Warwickshire CV35 7HN
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History of the Jersey

Jersey cattle originate from Jersey the largest Island in the Channel Islands and just some 14 miles away from the French coast.

There are fewer than 6000 Jerseys on the Island in total with nearly 4000 of these being adult milking cows. The purity of the breed on the Island is maintained by a strict ban on imports. This ban has been in place for some 150 years. There are no other breeds of the cattle on the Island.

The Jersey shares a common ancestry with not only the Guernsey breed but also those cattle found on the Normandy and Brittany coasts. This type of cattle is believed to have originally travelled up across Europe from the Middle East.

Jerseys are known to exist in the UK mainland since 1741 and probably well before. At that time they were known as Alderney's.

The Jersey Cattle Society was founded in 1878.

In 1999 there were 18,719 recorded lactations, averaging 4491kgs of milk @ 5.55 and 3.85% Jersey milk is noted for its high quality rather than the quantity, it is particularly rich in protein, minerals and trace elements.

One of the oldest herds in the country is that of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor.

There is another herd at Osberton Notts which is 100 years old and one of a similar age at Brighstone, Isle of Wight.

Jersey milk is noted for its high quality - it is particularly rich in protein, minerals and trace elements. It is also rich in colour which is naturally produced from carotene, an extract from grasses (the cows natural food).

After the Holstein the Jersey is the second most popular specialist Dairy breed in the world.

The Wheelbirk Herd in Northumberland was the first noted by the Jersey Cattle Society in 1925 with the first recorded birth on August 2nd - Miranda Vanity. This herd was recorded from the start and records note one of the foundation cows Merry Jest, yielding 5149 kgs @ 5.75% in 355 days, at 4 years of age, calving on 19th March 1926. 12 cows were recorded by the Northumberland Milk Recording Society in 1926.

The Wheelbirk prefix was the first registered in 1927. The current owner has served on the Council of the Jersey Cattle Society in many capacities and was President in 1984/85.


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