Jersey Cows are Green!
We read an article the other day that we’ll call interesting trivia. A couple researchers compared Holstein cows and Jersey cows. Holstein cows (the black and white ones) are by far the most prevalent in the United States in the production of milk, and of course all the products made from milk. Jersey cows (originally from the Island of Jersey in the English Channel) are what we have at Young’s. Jerseys are smaller and are a light brown color.
Jersey cows require 20% less total feed by weight and 32% less water to produce the same amount of milkfat and protein as Holstein cows. That translates into less land usage, fuel consumption, waste output (!) and greenhouse gas emissions. Per unit of cheese produced, the Jersey carbon footprint is about 20% less than Holstein cows.
So, in addition to making great tasting cheese, our Jersey cows are green!