The Hope Farm began, in 1910, to develop a breed of dairy cattle adapted to the climate
of the island. The exact breeds used over the next several years to develop the Jamaica
Hope is a complex mix as over twelve breed were tried. However, the current breed
is approximately 80% Jersey, 15% zebu (primarily from a single Sahiwalbull) and 5%
The Jamaica Hope comprises approximately 80% of the cattle on the island. Mature cows
average 2500 kg per lactation and weigh about 500 kg (1100 lbs). Males usually weight
between 700 and 800 kg (1500 - 1800 lbs).
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