Wondering if anyone out there has or is milking any full blood Fresians and what's their disposition?
I think the difference between the NZ Jersey and the American Jersey is just another example of how different countries have different breeding programs. NZ has never had cheap grain, their cattle reflect that fact. For the past 50 years or so the US has had abundant cheap grain so we have bred cows to be able to utilize the maximum amount of grain. HeatherI'm surprised that you find the Jersey a hard doer on grass alone. I find them far better foragers than many other breeds and my little Jerseys will often keep on producing until I deliberately dry them off. As you are probably aware, I am 100% grassland farming with the exception of maintenance hay during the winter for the dry cows and molasses, palm kernal and hay for any I'm milking through the winter.