Jersey

Established in 1898, the Australian Jersey Breeders Society (AJBS) is the independent custodian of the Jersey Breed in Australia. 

Accurate documentation is the key factor in the registration of the Australian Jersey pedigree.  Registered Australian Jerseys have a guaranteed degree of registered Jersey ancestry (AJA) which can be verified through the AJBS Certificate of Registration and Extended Pedigrees. 

The AJBS Certificate of Registration details the ancestry of the animal to four generations.  It also discloses any genetic disorders that may be present in the animal’s breeding history.

True Type Characteristics

Shown below are True Type Australian Jerseys:

Jersey Cow - true type     Jersey true type
                                                                   N.B. Photo provided courtesy of crazycow.com.au

Climatic adaptability

The ability of the Australian Jersey to adapt to a variety of environmental conditions has resulted in its widespread distribution across both the cooler and warmer areas of Australia. 

Jerseys are bred and farmed in the warm tropics of the north to the cooler southern states and from the east to the west coasts of the country. 

Jerseys are also recognised internationally as the most heat tolerant of all European dairy breeds – source USDA.

Performance of Registered Australian Jerseys

Australian Herd Recording Statistics 2006/2007

 

 Production Averages 

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Number of cows 

Milk litres 

Fat % 

Fat kg 

Protein %

Protein kg

 Lactation length days

2 year old

12,654

4,381 

4.71 

206 

3.66

160

305 

3 year old 

13,725

4,753 

4.81

229

3.76

179

301

Mature cow 

47,037

5,122 

4.86

249

3.76

193

298

Total

73,416

4,925

4.83

238

3.74

184

300

Artificially Bred

50,176

5,053

4.81

243

3.73

189

301

Naturally Bred 

23,240

4,649

4.86

226

3.75

174

298

Stud Cow

16,911

5,344

4.89

261

3.76

201

314

Grade

56,505

4,800

4.81

231

3.74

179

296


Source: Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Report 2006/2007 ADHIS Pty Ltd


This information has been provided courtesy of Jersey Australia www.jersey.com.au