Guernsey

BarbBarcikKeith

Maple Heights, United States

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9×12 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on Arches satin finish paper. Original available.

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The Guernsey is a breed of cattle used in dairy farming. It is fawn and white in color, and is particularly renowned for the rich flavor of its milk, as well as its hardiness and docile disposition.
Milk The unique qualities of the milk produced by the Guernsey cow have made the breed world famous. The milk has a golden color due to an exceptionally high content of beta carotene which may help to reduce the risks of certain cancers. The milk also has a high butterfat content of 5% and a high protein content of 3.7%. Guernsey cows produce around 6000 litres per cow per annum.
Origin As its name implies, the Guernsey was bred on the British Channel Island of Guernsey. It is believed to be descended from two breeds brought over from nearby France; the Isigny cattle from Normandy and the Froment du Léon from Brittany. The Guernsey was first recorded as a separate breed around 1700. In 1789, imports of foreign cattle into Guernsey were forbidden by law to maintain the purity of the breed although some cattle evacuated from Alderney during World War II were merged into the breed.

Exports of cattle and semen were for a while an important economic resource for the island and in the early 20th century a large number of Guernsey cattle were exported to the United States. Today the breed is well-established in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

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