Jerseys in Argentina
The first Jersey cows and heifers were introduced into Argentina in
1905 from Jersey Island.
Argentina now have approximately 10.000 Jersey head, with a strong growth
of the breed and a very important group of farmers that are inseminating
Holstein and Crosses cows with Jersey cows in several generations. One
such farmer is planning to milk 700 cows - 300 Jerseys and the remainder
being graded up with Jersey semen. Another Jersey herd set up in 1994 with
plans to reach 1000 head in all.
For many years, the Jersey had the reputation of being a fancy cow,
suitable for showing but not a good producer - this concept has changed.
Many breeders accept the importance of shows for promotion, but on farm,
breeding is for production and for functional type. With the cows out to
pasture most of the time, they need to be able to walk very long distances,
with longevity and good udders also very important under these conditions.
Longevity is also valued in relation to the differential in cost between
a cutled cow and a replacement heifer which is high in Argentina.
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