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In defence of the Jersey Cross cow

The negativity about Jersey Cross cows has more to with the state of the beef trade than it does with the breed's genetics, argues Diarmuid Foley

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Bad press: The growing negative sentiment towards Jersey Cross cows is unjustified, says Diarmuid Foley. Photo: Roger Jones

Bad press: The growing negative sentiment towards Jersey Cross cows is unjustified, says Diarmuid Foley. Photo: Roger Jones

Bad press: The growing negative sentiment towards Jersey Cross cows is unjustified, says Diarmuid Foley. Photo: Roger Jones

I attended the recent Moorepark open day and viewed with considerable interest the research results delivered at the event.

As a farm advisor, active dairy farmer and cross-breed advocate, my faith in the cross-breed route has been tested in recent times. I should hasten to clarify that it is not the system but rather the growing negative sentiment that has me wavering.

I remember attending a Moorepark open day back in 2008 and the Jersey-cross cow that delivered on hybrid vigour was the focus of great interest.


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