The most common breed in the Eastern Cape, Holstein cows originally came from the Netherlands and northern Germany. The most recognizable of the dairy breeds, Holsteins are typically black and white with clearly defined markings. They are noted for high milk production and their large size which makes them popular among farmers everywhere. The mature weight of a Holstein is around 680 kilograms, and they can produce up to almost 10 000 litres of milk each year.


This breed originated on the island of Jersey (off the coast of the British Isles). Their colour is a beautiful shade of fawn or cream with black muzzles. Jerseys are the smallest in body size of all dairy breeds but they mature quickly and are noted for producing the highest level of milkfat among dairy animals, which makes them popular among cheese and ice cream makers.