FAMILY AND / OR BUSINESS NAME
Jennifer, Michael & Clare Colwell.
300 Pedigree Jersey Cows.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD PEDIGREE JERSEYS?
My parents purchased their first Jerseys when I was 15 months old!
SUPPLIES / PRODUCES
We supply milk to Arla, generally for cheese, either Cornish Brie or Taw Valley Cheddar.
WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR CHOOSING TO MILK PEDIGREE JERSEY CATTLE?
In 1975 my parents acquired their first council tenancy, Friesians were £110 each and Jerseys were £60 each. They plumped for the Jerseys and we’ve never looked back!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JERSEY BREED AND IN PARTICULAR YOUR HERD?
Grazing strength through strong family cow lines and type based selection. We look for a plus on type, especially chest width and udders, a small plus on milk and fat and protein and a strong maternal line. We need cows that can eat a lot forage, walk up to 3 miles a day and be pleasing on the eye!