An animal of a mainly white breed of dairy cattle.
- Besides Jerseys and Holsteins, other US dairy breeds such as Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys and Milking Shorthorn have been used successfully in pasture-based systems in different areas of the country.
- The collection, which was sold off following the owner's death, included dairy shorthorns which fetched £1,240, Ayrshires at £610, Aberdeen Angus cattle at £410, and Guernseys at £410.
- For the first time in 45 years, an Ayrshire beat a Friesian cow to win the overall supreme cattle championship.
Mid 19th century: named after Ayrshire, a former Scottish county where the cattle were bred.
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