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Which is the most common dairy cow breed in Britain?

Which is the most common dairy cow breed in Britain?

Ask almost anyone draw a dairy cow and the chances are they would paint it black and white.

The Holstein-Friesian breed - which is black and white - is the most common and represents 90% of the British herd. Other breeds that can be seen include the Ayrshire, Jersey and Guernsey.

Breeding expert Marco Winters says: "We have a lot of different systems in this country and we need breeds to suit those systems. In Scotland you may see a different animal to those in Cornwall, for example."

 

Watch our movie about breeding to find out more.