FAMILY AND / OR BUSINESS NAME
7 pedigree Jerseys which are housed with a herd of Ayrshires, milked on a farm near Brands Hatch race track in Kent. Personally, I work as a delivery driver for a florist wholesalers and as a cattle fitter.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD PEDIGREE JERSEYS?
My parents bought me my first Jersey as a 15th birthday present, I am now 22 so have owned my Jerseys for 7 years.
SUPPLIES / PRODUCES
Milk is sold from the farm as well as processed in to cream and ice cream.
WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR CHOOSING TO MILK PEDIGREE JERSEY CATTLE?
I have several reasons for choosing Jerseys: my interests in genetics, breeding, cow families and showing. I’d had a passion for the breed for a long time before I had the privilege of owning my first calf. I have been in the fortunate position to of been sold two cows from two fantastic cow families which it is a privilege to own. I hope I can continue to do the cow families justice as I breed from them myself as we as develop my other lines.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JERSEY BREED AND IN PARTICULAR YOUR HERD?
I think the Jersey is an absolutely brilliant animal, with so many benefits. Fed and managed right I feel there isn’t a better dairy cow to work with. I feel their versatility is one of their best traits along with their ability to fit in to low input grazing systems as well as with herds milking three times a day, pushed on Total Mixed Ration (TMR); the Jersey is capable of adapting to both and able to thrive on either. Their health traits outweigh any other breed, less prone to mastitis and lameness, their ability to efficiently convert feed to milk and the fantastic personality of the cow, make the Jersey, in my opinion, a brilliant breed of pedigree cow to work with.