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Main dairy cattle exports and breeds include pure bred Holstein Friesians (60% 0f total population) , Jersey, Jersey x Holstein Crossbreds (perform well in the tropics) , Brown Swiss, Australian Reds, Illawarra, Ayreshire and other breeds on request. Jersey x Holstein crossbreds have become popular as they prove to be more profitable than the much larger Holsteins (technical paper available upon request).
The use of cull dairy cows as dairy-beef dams is well suited to vealer production. The dam’s milk supply is usually greater than that of pure bred beef breeds and allows the young calf to express its potential for pre-weaning growth rate. More suited to favourable feed conditions.
The biggest export market for dairy cattle is China, followed by Russia, Turkey, Indonesia and the Middle East primarily for the Holsteins. Malaysia, the Philippines and other South East Asian countries have focussed on Jersey x Holstein Friesians with their proven performance in tropical climates.