LIVESTOCK | Jersey Cows
The Jersey breed originated on the Island of Jersey, a small British island in the English Channel. The Jersey is one of the oldest dairy breeds, having been reported by authorities as being purebred for nearly six centuries. They were brought to the United States in the 1850s.
There is no more appealing dairy animal than the well-balanced Jersey cow. She is usually docile and rather easy to manage. Jersey cows usually have an extreme weight range of between 800 and 1200 pounds, but medium-sized cows are usually preferred. With an average weight of 900 pounds, the Jersey produces more pounds of milk per pound of body weight than any other breed. Most Jerseys produce far in excess of 13 times their bodyweight in milk each lactation.