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Guernsey cow

The Guernsey's fawn-colored coat is spotted with white markings, and a white shield often appears on the broad forehead. The horns curve upward and forward.

Guernseys produce a little more milk than Jerseys, but the rich milk of the Guernsey ranks second to that of the top-ranking Jersey in butterfat content.

Guernseys probably originated in France when breeders crossed the red brindle cattle of Normandy with the small brown-and-white cattle of Brittany. They were brought to the United States in 1831 from the British island of Guernsey, near Jersey. They are now raised in every state, as well as in Canada.


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