Exotic breeds are those breeds that are not from the indigenous land and are brought from foreign lands mainly to cross-breed with native breeds for breed improvement. Examples of exotic cattle breeds in India are Jersey, Hostein-Friesian, Brown Swiss, Red Dane, Ayrshire, Guernsey, etc. Likewise, examples of exotic poultry birds are Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire, White Plymouth Rock, etc.


Jersey is a British milch cattle breed that is native to Jersey Island in the United Kingdom. It has been introduced in India to increase milk production. Moreover, to improve native cattle breeds semen of Jersey cattle is introduced in the native cow breeds for breeding. For example, Jersey (exotic) x Sahiwal cross (native) to increase milk production, disease resistance and adaptability.

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