The Jersey was developed on the island of Jersey located only 22 miles from the island of Guernsey.  This island also has luxuriant pasture, making it unnecessary to stress selection for grazing ability.  Butter was the major product produced on the island; hence, the Jersey was bred for large amounts of milkfat, a trait for which it is still noted today.  During development of the breed, only animals of excellent type were allowed on the island, and Jerseys are still known for uniformity in type.  Milk from the fawn-colored cattle is yellow due to carotene content and is very high in percentage of milkfat and milk solids.








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