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Jersey cow

Jersey cow

New Zealand’s first pedigree Jerseys were two cows and a bull brought to Whanganui by Thomas Syers in 1862. Smaller than Friesian-Holsteins, Jerseys soon became popular. Taranaki was the first Jersey province in the country, in the early 1900s.

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Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, 'Dairying and dairy products - Dairy cattle breeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, published 24 Nov 2008