I was reading the thread about breeds for Costa Rica, and it looked like this might be a good place to ask my own questions. I currently have 2 Jersey cows (plus a heifer), and I'm in the North Carolina Piedmont. I love the Jerseys for their size, ease of management/gentleness, local availability, and especially the high ratio of yellow butter to each gallon of milk. My biggest complaint is that early in lactation they give too much milk and I can't keep them in good enough condition without purchased feed supplements that compromise my organic/self-sufficiency goals. I've thought that crossing with a beef breed might lower milk production and give me a lower maintenance cow that's easier to keep in good condition (with the added benefit of beefier male offspring), but while I'm very willing to accept less milk, I really don't want to forfeit butterfat percentage. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? I had read the Piedmontese were a high milk component beef breed, and the breed definitely interested me, but one source said the average butterfat was 3.64% which sounds more like a Holstein than a Jersey. I saw an internet (craigslist) ad for a Watusi cow locally, and I read that they can give something like double the butterfat/gallon as a Jersey, but that's probably too far out on the exotic side of things and probably not available in AI semen anyways. Should I just be looking for relatively low production/high butterfat percentage AI Jersey sires? (The trouble is I'm sure no AI dairy sires are selected for suitability to low input farm systems like mine.) What other options are there that are at least equal to Jerseys for butterfat percentage? Would any of the more common "beef" breeds have comparable butterfat?