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Dairy farming: Jersey versus the UK

Dairy farming: Jersey versus the UK

Dairy farming in Jersey is quite a bit different to dairy farming in the UK.

Unlike UK dairy farmers, Jersey dairy farmers are paid according to an independent analysis of what it costs to produce their milk. This system keeps milk prices stable and ensures that farmers aren't being paid less for their milk than it costs to produce.

All 3,000 of the Island's cows are registered in the 'Herd Book' and farmers have to prove that they're looking after their cows properly.

Each dairy cow's health is monitored using an 'activity and rumination collar' around their neck. This technology allows dairy farmers to check the health of their cows and the quality of their milk.

So how does Jersey milk get from cow to carton? Jersey cows graze outside for seven months a year and are fed produce from the Island. They're milked by machine twice a day – in the morning and in the afternoon. In fact, they're so used to this routine that they'll often queue up outside the milk parlour to wait for the farmer!

The milk is then stored in a large refrigeration tank at each farm before being collected by a tanker and taken to the dairy., where a series of checks take place as with all milk, prior to sealing in cartons and packed for delivery bright and early the next morning.

For more information on how milk gets from the field to your fridge, why not watch our short video here