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The Isle of Jersey (officially called the Bailiwick of Jersey) is the largest of the Channel Islands in the Bay of Mont St. Michel off the northwest coast of France. This Terra satellite image vividly displays the island's agricultural patchwork terrain. Image courtesy of NASA.
The Jersey cow is a national symbol of the Isle of Jersey, a small British crown dependency in the English Channel near France. Jerseys, one of the oldest breeds of cattle, were brought to England in the 1740s and then to the US in the 1850s. A strict ban on cattle imports, in place for about 150 years, ensures that the thousands of Jersey dairy cows still on the island continue to be purebred.   Jersey cows are small but very efficient grazing animals and can thrive in many different climates. Their milk is valued for its high butterfat and protein content.