Our 'Guernseys'

The Guernsey cow breed, known as 'Guernseys' or the 'Golden Guernsey' is famous within the world dairy farming industry.

They're known for their friendly, docile nature and for producing some of the best milk in the world - golden in colour, rich in flavour and with a high nutritional value. You can find out about why its just so good on our products page.

The History of the Breed

It's said that  the first Guernsey cows stepped food in Guernsey in the middle ages, led by Monks from Mon St Michel. 

The breed has since flourished on their island home, grazing on the green cliff tops with fresh sea air. But only 10% of the world population is actually farmed here in Guernsey. The breed has made its way to farms all over the globe.  

Mainland Britain got wind of the high praise for the Guernsey cow in the 1770's and began to import them mainly to supply wealthy households who were desperate for their  their own personal supply of rich Guernsey butter for the table. Their beauty stole the attention of aristocrats and the cows began to be dotted around estates across Britain. They were even showcased at the World Exhibition in 1851 in London. 

By the 1900s, news of the rich golden milk from our Guernseys had begun to travel across the Atlantic and after an exhibition in Chicago, they 'broke America' and became the dairy cow of choice across the country.  

The adventures then continued northwards (accidentally) after a ship of Guernseys heading to New England met rough seas and were forced to divert to Nova Scotia where they made quite the impression, again. Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John Abbott was so taken with the cows, he made their arrival an official importation to Canada.

As the breed had become recognised for their hardiness and plentiful production of rich golden milk, three Guernseys were taken where no cows had ever gone before- to Antarctica. 

Deerfoot, Klondike and Emmadine accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on his voyage 1993. Their adventures went down in history and even inspired award winning children's book 'Something to Tell the Grancows' by Eileen Spinelli.

Protecting the Breed

Since 1819, Guernsey law prevents the importation of cattle to the island which means all our cows that produce the Guernsey Dairy's milk are pure, bred on island and disease free.  

Guernsey's Biodiversity Strategy recognises the Guernsey Cow as an important part of the island's culture and heritage.MORE 

Each Farm has a Farm Biodiversity Action Plan which helps and encourages each farmer to keep animal welfare and wildlife in mind. MORE 

Our Guernseys Today

We now have 14 dairy farms in Guernsey with just over 1500 cows that produce milk for the Guernsey Dairy. Each cow will produce around 5000-7000 litres of milk each year. You can read more about our farmers and their cows here [LINK].

Shortcuts

The breed is so popular, Guernseys are found on farms all across Britain, North America, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

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