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Composition of the Breed
The Jamaica Hope breed is derived from crossbred foundation tracing back to 1910. The breed was declared in 1952 and has complex genetic composition of Jersey (0.80); Sahiwal (0.15) and Friesian (0.05).

Current estimated population – 7000 cows
Current purebred registration – 2500 females

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Composition of the Breed
This breed originated from Zebu cattle which came into the island as working stock from India.  Selection within the local population began in 1949 to develop a beef bred. This was the first breed to be created in the island.


Current estimated population – 2000 cows
Current purebred registration – 800 females

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Composition of the Breed
Selected as a distinct breed in 1953, the Jamaica Red Poll has its origin in imported British Red Poll Bulls which were used to upgrade native creole and Zebu cows.  This has produced a tropical animal which combines the beef qualities of European stock with the hardiness of the Zebu.  The Jamaica Red Poll has remained the predominant breed for beef cattle.

Current estimated population – 7000 cows
Current purebred registration – 2800 females

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Composition of the Breed
Like the Jamaica Red, the Jamaica Black is a synthetic breed combining the superior beef characteristic of the Aberdeen Angus with the hardiness of Zebu Cattle, which comprised the parent breeds.  Though a much smaller population than the other two breeds, the Jamaica Black remains a popular choice as the parent breed in terminal crosses.

Current estimated population – 1000 cows
Current purebred registration – 450 females

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