Seven breeds of dairy cattle are celebrated each year at the World Dairy Expo, but the 2016 expo was a big year for the Jersey breed. Musgie Iatola Martha-ET, a Jersey cow owned by MilkSource Genetics of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, was named the Supreme Champion of this year’s event, and the American Jersey Cattle Association was on hand during the 2016 Expo to promote the Jersey breed to an international audience.
Cherie Bayer, Director of Development for American Jersey Cattle Association, sat down for an interview with AgWired during this year’s event to talk about how the Jersey breed is excelling in numbers and highlight the reasons farmers are continuing to add more Jerseys to their dairy herds.
“The Jersey breed is growing across the United States, and the interest in Jerseys is worldwide,” she said. “Changes in the milk market and milk utilization is what has increased the demand for Jersey cows because of their higher fat and protein component levels in the milk, which is what makes it particularly efficient for manufacturing operations.”
Learn more in Lizzy’s full interview with Cherie here: Interview with Cherie Bayer, American Jersey Association
View and download photos from the event here: 2016 World Dairy Expo Photo Album.