The breed was established in the 18th century in Northwestern England, in the Valley of the Tees River bordering the counties of Durham, Northumberland and York. Bates and Booth established a “dairy-type” strain of Shorthorns on their farms in the region, and that strain has remained until this day.
The Ayrshire breed originated from the montainous regions of the Ayr county in Scotland and arrived in Canada in the early 1800 through Scottish settlers.
The first Holstein-Friesian cow to come to North America was imported from Holland to the United States in 1881
The Jersey breed was developed on Jersey Island, one of a series of small Channel Islands in the channel between England and France, just off the coast of Normandy, France.