The Jersey breed is a very sustainable breed that stands for bottom-line profitability, longer herd life, and higher efficiency of feed conversion.
Jerseys are the fastest growing breed in the United States. In nearly one of five dairy companies the Jersey can be found. Jerseys are making up a little over 9% of the total dairy cows in the US. It is a very sustainable breed, they use 11% less land, 32% less water, and their carbon footprint is 20% less than other breeds. Jerseys have the longest product life of any breed.
The breeding goal of CRV in the Jersey breeding program is:
- Bottom-line profitability
- Higher efficiency of feed conversion
- Longest Product life
- Longer herd life
- Reproductive advantages
- Greatest potential for equity growth
The US Jersey program is aimed at producing 8 to 10 bulls per year that meet the needs of breeders in both the US and internationally. They are selected for combined pounds of components, as well as to sire healthy and efficient cows.
Jersey breeding characteristics
Jerseys are unique, the calves have a small birth weight, on average about 60 pounds. In general Jerseys have easy births, the difficult birth rate is less than 1%, this means that the calves have a good start. Jerseys are not simply a small frame breed, they have a higher maintenance energy requirement per unit of metabolic weight. It is possible to breed Jerseys at a younger age and to get them in to the milking herd sooner, because the heifers reach sexual maturity earlier in life. Jerseys have an average mature size of approximately 1,000 pounds.