First Canadian Jersey Export to Russia
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120 Canadian Registered Jersey Heifers left Becancour, Quebec October 1st, 2011 for the port of Novorossiysk, Russian Federation. Their Journey on board the M/V Murray Express is scheduled for 23 days.
The Russian buyer requested that the heifers be bred to polled Jersey bulls and plans to utilize the offspring in a crossbreeding program with the native Yaroslavl cattle that are currently in production on one of their farms. The Yaroslavl cattle are smaller framed and only produce an average of 3000 kg of milk annually and the owners believe that the introduction of the Jerseys to this herd will maintain lower frame size while increasing production and introducing the polled characteristics.
The exporter Alta Exports International of Calgary, Alberta would like to acknowledge and express their appreciation to all concerned in this historical exportation including the Canadian Jersey Breeders, Walker Dairy Farms and CFIA for thier support.