Festive farmer dresses cows in matching Christmas jumpers

  • 13/12/2019

A farmer has dressed her cows in matching Christmas jumpers to celebrate the season and help promote the island of Jersey, between England and France, to visitors.

Dairy farmer Becky Houze worked with local tourism group Visit Jersey to create the festive promotion which includes five of her cows - Carol, Holly, Mary, Noelle, and Mariah Dairy.

Houze said Christmas was a big deal at the St Saviour farm.

"If I had it my way, we'd play Christmas carols from October! This year we took the opportunity to 'cast off' an all-new look for the girls to help get into the festive spirit by creating matching Christmas jumpers," she said.

Becky Houze is a fourth-generation dairy farmer.
Becky Houze is a fourth-generation dairy farmer. Photo credit: Visit Jersey

"It took a while to cow-ordinate the right design, but we think we've landed on a look worthy of the cream of the crop.

"With just days to go until Santa comes to town, we've definitely got the Christmas feeling."

The cute photos and video are being used to help promote Jersey to visitors and explain the history of the island.

Some of the cows with their festive jumpers.
Some of the cows with their festive jumpers. Photo credit: Visit Jersey

"Becky isn't the first islander to go stir-crazy for jumpers. Jersey was once world-famous for its woollen trade with knitting one of Jersey's main industries," Visit Jersey said on its website.

"Because of the popularity of Jersey wool, knitted jumpers came to be called jerseys, after the island. The first recording of a jumper being called a jersey is in 1837. The rest is history."

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