FAMILY AND / OR BUSINESS NAME
JL Shaw and Son.
225 Pedigree Jersey with 170 followers.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD PEDIGREE JERSEYS?
SUPPLIES / PRODUCES
The majority of our milk goes to supply J & E Dickinsons at Longley Farm, where it is used to make Jersey Cream and Butter as well as Soft Cheeses and Yogurts. We also pasteurise our milk and sell it locally through our 2 milkbot vending machines and to milkmen restaurants, coffee shops and smaller manufacturers.
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WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR CHOOSING TO MILK PEDIGREE JERSEY CATTLE?
Both David and Anne are from farming backgrounds. While at college, David conducted work experience at a farm in Devon where he was introduced to the Jersey cow. He fell in love with the breed and bought 13 Pedigree heifers from a sale in Totnes in 1968. He brought them back to Elvington, York and this was the start of the Greyleys herd. David thought the breed would suit the land at Greyleys as they were smaller and lighter than other breeds and would not poach the land thus extending the potential grazing season. He thought the breed was good to work with and highly productive and efficient. David and Anne have developed the herd together over 50 years with most of the families descending from the original 13.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JERSEY BREED AND IN PARTICULAR YOUR HERD?
The Greyleys herd is highly productive and flexible to all types of production system and climates. The cows produce over 6000 litres of milk at 10% solids which is ideal for the manufacturing contract with Longley Farm. The cows have excellent feed efficiency and are adaptable to different rations. In terms of conformation Greyleys Jerseys are deep bodied cows with good capacity. They are long lasting with 25% of the herd at 5th lactation or above. They have good feet and legs and very low incidence of lameness. Using sexed semen and beef, the cows have good fertility with a calving interval of 380 days and few calving issues. We have always enjoyed working with the Jerseys as they have great personalities and individual characteristics. As well as Pedigree names, the team have nicknames for most of the cows and support our passion.