- Aug 30, 2010
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- Frost Bite Falls, Minnesota
They are trying to combine the best traits of the 2 most profitableWhy do Dairy's breed Holstein's to Jerseys?
Holsteins are great, but the 4 weaknesses of the modern holstein are
1. conception 2. calf survival 3. longevity 4. feed efficiency
Crossbreeding improves all 4 - Hojo's have higher conception rates
than Holsteins and give more milk than Jerseys.
Dairy farmers have debated for years which are more profitable Holsteins
or Jerseys. In fluid milk markets holsteins win, In cheese markets jerseys are
the winners. Pound for pound jerseys are more efficient, but North American
dairies in general have chosen volume over efficiency.