Our herd of beautiful Jersey cows are such a special part of what we do here at our dairy. It’s safe to say that we just wouldn’t be the same without them! ‘But what makes them so special?’ you might ask… well, good question. Let’s take a closer look at these bovine superstars and find out what gives them their status.
The gals originally hail from the Channel Island of Jersey. Their breed is a very distinct one and the purity of this much sought-after breed of cow has been closely protected for as far back as you care to go. Specifically they were first registered as a separate breed around the year 1700. Back then imports of foreign cattle into Jersey were forbidden for many years in order to protect the unique qualities they offer. Jersey’s have historically been so highly prized that it was common to offer one up as a dowry for inter-island marriages between Jersey and Guernsey. Graham’s started with a modest herd of only 20 Jerseys (from the Queen’s own farm at Windsor no less!) and it wasn’t long until word of their delicious, creamy produce spread wide and far.
Delivering the goods
The milk these beauties produce is really something quite unique. It’s quite simply a matter of fact! Well, don’t get us wrong, our black and white Friesian cows make wonderfully white, fresh milk too – it’s the Jersey’s rich, creamy and nutritionally dense milk that sets them apart. Their milk goes into our award-winning Gold Range which contains significantly more calcium, protein and vitamin C than conventional milk does. Oh and don’t get us started on the flavour!
Nice by nature
It’s not just their milk that’s so pleasant, Jersey cows have a naturally easy-going nature too. They tend to be calm, docile animals with an inquisitive nature. Coupled with their lovely looks, it’s no wonder that they were at one time popular amongst the British aristocracy as a feature of their beautifully landscaped gardens and parks. We can relate, they’re an absolute pleasure to work with!
If all that’s given you an appetite to stock up on some milk, double cream or butter from our Gold Range why not pop down to your local supermarket? You can check where various products are stocked here. Enjoy!