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Breeds of Livestock - Jamaica Hope Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Jamaica Hope Cattle

Jamaica Hope

jamaicahope-web-1.jpgAlso Known As: Jersey-Zebu, Montgomery-Jersey

The Hope Farm began, in 1910, to develop a breed of dairy cattle adapted to the climate of the island. The exact breeds used over the next several years to develop the Jamaica Hope is a complex mix as over twelve breed were tried. However, the current breed is approximately 80% Jersey, 15% zebu (primarily from a single Sahiwal bull) and 5% Holstein.

The Jamaica Hope comprises approximately 80% of the cattle on the island. Mature cows average 2500 kg per lactation and weigh about 500 kg (1100 pounds). Males usually weight between 700 and 800 kg (1500 - 1800 lbs).


Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.


R. E. McDowell, Professor Emeritus of International Animal Science, Cornell University, and provided by Paul O. Brackelsberg, Professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University



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