n The Dairy Mail - The farming community - : both sides buttered

Volume 21, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1561-4301


Unknown to most of the world, Israeli dairy farmers have developed one of the most advanced dairy industries in existence. This small country with a turbulent political history, scarce resources and one of the worse climates in which to milk cows has pioneered impressive innovations in the field. Early Jewish settlers from Eastern Europe found local cows to be poor producers and the cattle they brought with them didn't adapt to the harsh climate. As a result, they developed their own breed by crossing the native Damascus with Dutch Friesian cows. After generations of hybrid planning they created the Israel Friesian Breed - a cow with the highest milk yield and solids percentage in the world, and a remarkable resistance to heat.

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