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Italy

There is some evidence of the presence of Jersey cattle in scattered areas of

Italy in the 19th century. However, in the mid-1980s, a more significant importation of Jersey cattle took place from the United Kingdom and Denmark and since 1990 the numbers of Jersey cattle have consistently increased. Jerseys started the Millennium with a high reputation and popularity in Italy .

In 2000 there were 460 herds with 4601 milk cows recorded, producing in 305 days, 5251 kg with 5.64% fat and 4.08% protein. In 2014, there were 727 herds and 7272 cows producing 6314 kg milk with 4,85% fat, 3,90% protein (percentages are given weight on weight – weight on volume percentages are 5,16% fat, 4,11% protein).


       Year  Herds  Cows  Milk KG.  Fat %  Fat KG  Protein %  protein KG


        2000  460      4601    5251          5,64      296        4,08               214

          2001  488       5000    5235         5,61      294        4,09               214

          2002   532      5499     5290        5,46     289         4,09               216

          2003  560       5870     5420        5,44     295         4,04               219

          2004  594       6050     5613        5,42     304         4,01               225

          2005  603       6117    5706         5,37      306        4,00               228

          2006  656       6346     5857        5,28      309        4,00               234

          2007  683       6391     5953        5,20       310       4,00               238

          2008  718       6488     5901        5,10       301       4,02               237

          2009  736       6506    5949         5,08      302        4,02               239

          2010  729       6593 6168   5,09 314        4,03      249

          2011  726       6771    6207        4,98        309        4,01              249

          2012  725       7063    6293        5,01         315       4,02              253

          2013  721       7275     6197       4,92        305       3,92              243

          2014  727       7272     6314       4,85       306        3,90              246


The average number of annual registrations is around 100 head. Demand for heifers is still exceeding the domestic availability and nearly 40% of heifers are imported from Denmark . All cows are milk recorded once a month and type evaluated once in their lifetime, or more, upon request from the breeder.

The national herd size average for Jerseysis 10 cows per herd. Although there are few entire Jersey herds, most of the Jersey cows are bred in mixed herds with Holsteinsand some with other breeds. The majority of Jerseyslive in intensive herds from 40 to 800 head, with free stalls (cubicles) bedding or pack bedding. They are fed on total mixed rations with no, or very limited pasture. Jerseycows clearly showed their adaptability in intensive conditions, being very competitive in terms of longevity, health resistence, heat and cold tolerance. However, farming conditions in Italy include very different situations for climate and environment; there are Jerseys in the Alps or near the Mediterranean sea, where they also adapted very well.


ITALIAN JERSEY CATTLE ASSOCIATION

c/o A.P.A.di Potenza, Via Dell’Edilizia snc, 85100 Potenza, Italy.

Tel: +39 372 474245 Fax: +39 372 474203

President: Dr Ferrarini Lia   

http://www.anafi.it/jersey Email: anji@arubapec.it

 

HERDBOOK JERSEY

c/o A.N.A.F.I. Via Bergamo, 292 - 26100 Cremona, Italy.

Tel: +39 372 474245 Fax: +39 372 474203

http://www.anafi.it/jersey/  Email: jersey@anafi.it

 


  


 

 

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