Crossbreeding with Jersey 

Commercial dairy producers typically cite two reasons for starting to crossbreed their Holstein herd to Jersey which are: 

  • Eliminate calving problems on their virgin heifers 
  • Increase fat and protein % in the milk they produce 

These profit-oriented dairy producers using dairy crossbreeding report many additional research proven benefits, including: 

  • Improved reproductive performance 
  • Healthier animals 
  • Improved hoof health 
  • Increased longevity 
  • Reduced dry matter intake and better feed efficiency 

Holstein x Jersey Crossbreds as known as HoJos 

Many large, profit-motivated dairy producers are currently milking HoJos and are experiencing the increased profitability these small, efficient cows produce. 

In many cases, producers follow a  two-way cross, alternating between Jersey and Holstein. While this is a simple system, many producers fall into the trap of if she looks like a Holstein, breed her to Jersey, and if she looks like a Jersey breed her to Holstein. This approach reduces heterosis and increases variation within the herd.

To learn more about crossbreeding with Jersey, contact your ABS Genetics Advisor or complete the form below.