So said Roland Ripley, a Guernsey farmer in Summerhill, Cayuga County, when asked why he raises Guernseys. "We've always had them and just love them," he said.
More than 90 percent of the cattle in the state are Holsteins, according to many calculations.
They are followed by Jerseys, who hail from the Isle of Jersey in the United Kingdom. Jerseys are well known for having a high butterfat content to their milk, so sometimes, even Holstein farmers will pepper their herds with a few Jerseys to up the butterfat content of their milk. Jerseys first came to the United States in the 1850s.
Brown Swiss are the second largest producers of milk, after Holsteins. As their name states, they come from Switzerland. They came to the United States in 1869.
Milking Shorthorns are one of the oldest breeds in the world,
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