Jersey cream... how Meath hosted the world congress
Farmers and breeders from 19 countries travelled to Co Meath for this year's World Jersey Congress
There are only a handful of purebred Jersey herds in Ireland, but internationally the breed is under-going somewhat of a boom.
"There are predictions that Jerseys are going to double in number in the US over the coming years to the point where they will make up 20pc of the national dairy herd," claimed Ben Tyrell, a third generation pedigree Jersey farmer in Kildalkey in Co Meath.
His was one of several Irish farms hosting the World Jersey Congress last week.
Jersey enthusiasts from 19 countries around the world visited several Irish Jersey breeders, along with the nascent Jersey herd being established at Teagasc's research centre in Moorepark.
The Tyrells' agricultural advisor, Mike Brady, said that the Tyrell farm was proof that Jerseys could be just as profitable as any black and white dairy animal.
"I didn't know anything about Jerseys before I started working with the Tyrells nearly 10 years ago," admitted Mr Brady.
"This farm is in the top 10pc of dairy farms nationally, and it's still a work in progress.
"Obviously, the weakness of the breed is the low cull value (€300-400) of the cows, and the complete absence of any value in the bull calf.