Breed History

A Short History of the Guernsey Breed

By W. G. de L. Luff, Vice-President Royal Guernsey Agricultural & Horticultural Society

Much has been written about the origins of Guernsey Cattle and many claims have been made about the way in which the ‘Guernsey Breed’ came to be established on a small island in the English Channel. In fact, very little concrete evidence exists about the cattle of Guernsey prior to the nineteenth Century and most theories, such as one that suggests that cattle brought to the island by monks who had been banished from Mont St. Michel in the year 960 A.D. formed the foundation of the present breed cannot be verified and must be regarded as conjecture or pure fantasy.

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