A fresh page for Old World Breeders- new genetics from the British Isle Herd !!! We are thrilled to introduce'Renegade" (more on Meet or Herd page)
A Brief History - True Miniature Jersy Cows are a Heritage Breed, direct descendants of the Isle of Jersey. The Ralph Martin family acquired a majority of the descendants of the imports brought in by Mr. Snow of N.Carolina. The Miniature Jersey Cow, or Old World Jersey is one of the most popular and one of the rarer breeds of miniature dairy cattle. The ideal miniature Jersey's general appearance should be smaller in size than its standard counterpart- being 38" to 48" in height at the hip. Milk is higher in butterfat and milk production at 2 to 4 gallons per day, depending on the quality of pasture, hay, and supplemented feed. Mini Jersey Bulls weigh around 850 pounds and the cow's average weight is within a 600 to 650 pound range. Physical conformation follows the standard as seen in the larger animals, however, their reduced size is what draws more attention and desire by the small land owner, fancier, or the need for a docile family milk cow.
Welcome to the website of the Appalachian Springs Farm, LLC., located in beautiful Southwestern Virginia, and home to some of America's best Old World Miniature Jersey Cows.
A Step Back Into the Past
As time progresses many things change, but not all change is for the better. There was a time, not too long ago, in American agriculture when people believed that breeding larger cows to produce even more milk was something everyone should do.
One of our Old World Jersey descendants from the Snow/Martin imports