Derrick Frigot, president of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society, has just returned from a three-day trip to Denmark, where he attended the country’s top agricultural exhibition, in Herning, as well as visiting a number of farms.
Mr Frigot was invited by Danish cattle farmers to judge their annual show.
Denmark has the largest Jersey cattle population in Europe, with 62,000 pure-bred and milk-recorded Jersey cows.
The breed represents about 13 per cent of all Danish dairy cattle.
Mr Frigot judged 70 cows and crowned various class winners and a Danish ‘Superkow’, which takes into account productivity as well as physical features.
‘Danish farmers are paid for the quality of the milk rather than the quantity,’ he said.
‘This is because milk in Denmark, as across most of the world, is used for food products such as butter and cheese rather than for drinking.
‘And Jersey cows produce the highest-quality milk in the world.
This is why the Jersey is the only breed increasing in number globally.