In 2003, we purchased 2 Canadienne (Canadian is also acceptable) dairy females. One coming from the late Brian Krick in Ontario and the other coming from Leo Paul Provost of Quebec. Since then we have used artificial insemination and raised a few additional females. Our cows are used for family cows and nurse cows. They are still selected based on being functional dairy cows. They need to be structurally correct with the ability to produce on a diet based on forage. They were initially added due to their milk being similar in components to that of a Jersey but with added hardiness. They have not disappointed us. Registration is done with the Canadian Association through the Canadian Livestock Records.
Female breeding stock usually available. Check our sale barn listings.
Canadian history and facts: The Canadienne breed was developed in Canada during the 16th and 17th centuries. However it wasn’t until 1895 that a breed Association was formed. The breed declined over time as many people adopted the bigger imported breeds. Recently they have had a resurgence due to an active Quebec program to encourage their use as well as changes in the dairy industry. Sheer volume of milk is no longer all that matters. Producers are being paid on milk components and have also started to realize the efficiency of some of the smaller breeds. The Canadienne is well adapted to the Canadian climate and does not require as intensive of management as many dairy breeds. Cows are generally small weighing 1000 to 1100 pounds but are known to be long lived and have a docile temperament. In relation to their body size, they are efficient producers of quality milk. Born pale or light tan, they become dark brown or black as they mature while still having a paler muzzle and udder.