A big part of Longley Farm’s success has come from the use of Jersey milk , which is rich in protein and butterfat, so Jersey dairy is very much at the heart of what we do. When it came to setting up in Uruguay, a Jersey herd made sense for a number of reasons, one being the breed's resilience under extremes of temperatures. In cold climates Jerseys can grow thick coats, but they also suffer less from heat stress than other dairy breeds, which means they adapt well to the Uruguayan climate.
Jersey cattle are smaller than many other breeds of dairy cow, weighing around 380-450kg, however the milk they produce is of an extremely high quality. On average it is 18% higher in protein, 25% higher in butterfat and 20% higher in calcium than other milk. Jersey milk is not only delicious to drink, but also its high fat and protein levels mean it is great for making certain dairy products such as butter, cheese and cream.