Dairy Cows

Dairy Cows

Just like dogs or horses, there are many different breeds of cows. A breed is a group of animals with a similar appearance and behavior. The two most recognized and well-known breeds of dairy cattle are the Holstein cow and the Jersey cow. Learn more about each type of cow below!

Types of Cows

Just like dogs or horses, there are many different breeds of cows. A breed is a group of animals with a similar appearance and behavior. The two most recognized and well-known breeds of dairy cattle are the Holstein cow and the Jersey cow. Learn more about each type of cow below!


Holstein
Holstein

Holstein

Meet Ms. Holstein! She is the best known of the types of cows belonging to the dairy breeds, with her black-and-white spotted body.

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Jersey
Jersey

Jersey

Meet Ms. Jersey - known for her large eyes and brown color, Jerseys also give milk that is high in butterfat.

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Brown Swiss
Brown Swiss

Brown Swiss

Meet the Brown Swiss cow! Many dairy historians consider the breed to be the oldest of all the types of milk cows, or dairy breeds.

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Guernsey
Guernsey

Guernsey

Meet Ms. Guernsey! She is brown or fawn (light yellowish tan) with white spots of various sizes on the body or face.

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Ayrshire
Ayrshire

Ayrshire

Meet Ms. Ayrshire with reddish-brown mahogany colored spots on a white body.

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Red and White Holstein
Red and White Holstein

Red and White Holstein

Meet the Red and White Holstein cow! This breed is the most recently recognized, coming into the breed family in 1964.

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Milking Shorthorn
Milking Shorthorn

Milking Shorthorn

Meet the Milking Shorthorn cow! The breed was one of the first to enter the U.S., early in the 1780’s.

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Famous Cows of the World
Famous Cows of the World

Famous Cows of the World

Meet a handful of the world's most famous cows, from roadside attractions to famous faces of TV and print.

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