Other Dairy Cattle
Jersey Dairy Cow
A smaller breed of dairy cattle, the Jersey cow produces the highest quality milk for human consumption. With a single glass of Jersey milk containing more quality protein and fat when compared to a typical serve.
When used in food the Jersey milk will yield 20-25% more cheese and over 30% more butter than average milk whilst at a lower cost per KG of milk solids.
This high-quality milk has contributed the jersey dairy cattle being a greater economic choice for production.
- The ability to carry a larger number of effective milking cows per unit area due to lower body weight, hence lower maintenance requirements, and superior grazing ability.
- Calving ease and a relatively lower rate of dystocia.
- High butterfat conditions, ranging up to 6.2% butterfat and 5.2% protein, and the ability to thrive on locally produced food.
- Lactation period of 305 days & High fertility. Can produce up to 12, 000 litres of milk per lactation.
Illawarra dairy cattle
This breed of dairy cattle was introduced by an Australian dairymen who used superior bloodlines from a number of dairy breeds, mainly the Ayshire, Devon and Milking Shorthorn.
This extremely hardy breed can stand weather exceeding 40 degrees Celsius and temps dropping below 0 degrees Celsius. The Illawarra also known as the Australian Illawarra Shorthorn (AIS) make the most out of feed and subsequently don’t require much supplementary feeding.
This breed are excellent producers of large quantities of milk with many cows producing in excess of 40 litres per day. With 305 day lactations it is not uncommon to exceed over 15,000 litres. The milk produced by the Illawarra cattle is moderate in fat and high in protein putting it in the best position to meet the growing world demands for protein.
Guernsey Dairy Cattle
The Guernsey cow is known for producing high-butterfat, high-protein milk with a high concentration of beta-carotene. This intermediate size cow, consumes approximately 20 to 30 percent less feed per pound of milk compared to larger dairy breeds.
The Guernsey cow is perfect for pasture-based milk production. Due to their their grazing abilities, gentle disposition, calving ease and ability to efficiently produce milk with less feed the Guernsey cow is an ideal candidate for intensive grazing.
Most dairy producers recognise the profit potential and reduced management costs involved with the Guernsey dairy cow.
- Average age at first calving 24 months
- Average interval between calves 12 months
- Average daily milking volume 22 litres
- Lactation period of 305 days
- Average lactation milking volume 6,710 litres
- Average culling age for cows 6 years plus
- Cull average age for bulls 6 years