Similar to other cows, a Jersey cow will be first mated when she is around 16 – 18 months old. This will be followed by a 9 month gestation period when she has her first calf.
At approximately 65 days she will be mated again.
A cow’s milking life begins once she has calved.
Cows will typically milk for around 9 – 10 months of the year, with 2 -3 months being a restful dry period.
Most cows will continue this life cycle for many years.
At Bannister Down’s our oldest Jersey cow, Mrs Grey, is 18 years old and we have just retired her on the farm.