FROM THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY On July 26, 2017, just short of seven months into this year, the all-time record for animals recorded with the American Jersey Cattle Association in a single year was broken. The previous record was established in 2015.We now have the unique opportunity to be a part of history being made each day for the remainder of this year. As we start the last day of July, the registration count stands at 126,848 and should exceed 150,000 registrations by the November board meeting.This is a milestone achievement for the Jersey breed and USJersey. This may seem like a dream to some people, but we know it is not luck. We have been planning for this moment for almost sixty years. We are living the results of an ongoing team effort that includes past and present members of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., their Boards of Directors, current and former staff members, and the Jersey cow.These times afford extraordinary opportunities for Jersey breed expansion. No dairy cow has been proven again, and again, to be more capable of bridging economic cycles than the Jersey. She positions her owners to weather down markets and to prosper when they are up. That fact with all its underlying reasons—the inherent efficiencies, productive and reproductive, of the Jersey, and her longevity—is more widely understood and better appreciated across the U.S. dairy industry than at any previous time in history.
Be confident that the markets for Jersey milk, Jersey genetics, and Jersey cattle will be sustainable. It will continue to pay you to register, test, score, and promote your Jerseys. –Neal Smith, Executive Secretary & CEO
PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR JERSEY CATTLE AND PRODUCT RESEARCH The AJCC Research Foundation has issued its annual call for research proposals to be funded in 2018 addressing significant issues for the Jersey breed and Jersey milk producers.The Research Advisory Committee of the American Jersey Cattle Association will evaluate the proposals, then forward its recommendations to the AJCA Board of Directors, which will award funds at its meeting in March 2018. Application deadline is December 1, 2017. For more ->
2017 JERSEY ALL AMERICANS TO BE CROWNED NOVEMBER 4-6 IN LOUISVILLE The 65th All American Jersey Show & Sale returns November 4, 5 and 6 to the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.Premiums totaling $41,100 will be awarded in three shows. Last year’s All American assembled 536 Registered Jerseys™ representing 200 dairy operations from 25 states and Ontario under one roof, making it the largest single-site exhibition of Jerseys in the United States and the world for 2016. For more ->
COW PIE BINGO RAISES $5,250 The permanent fund for Jersey Youth Academy added $5,250 from the eighth Cow Pie Bingo, held June 24, 2017 during the annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. For more ->
Administrative Assistant, Jersey Marketing Service
Sally J. Stine, the longest tenured employee of Jersey Marketing Service, has announced her retirement effective September 13, 2017.
Stine recently completed 26 years of service with the USJersey organizations, having started work June 10, 1991 as front-desk receptionist for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. She has been the administrative assistant for Jersey Marketing Service since January 31, 1994. Prior to joining the AJCA staff, she worked 10 years for an insurance company.
“Sally has been a tremendous asset for the USJersey organizations, delivering outstanding customer service with a friendly voice and warm smile,” said Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. “Her attention to detail and insistence on accuracy not only contributed to high customer satisfaction for all these years, but also supported Jersey Marketing Service as it expanded with higher volume sales and grew its private treaty business across the U.S.” For more ->
NATIONAL JERSEY QUEEN TO BE SELECTED DURING THE ALL AMERICAN The 60th National Jersey Queen will be selected Saturday, November 4 at the conclusion of Junior Day activities at The All American Jersey Shows and Sale in Louisville, Ky. The National Jersey Queen will begin her reign when she is introduced with her court at the National Jersey Jug Futurity on November 5. For more ->
THINKING OF A MEMORIAL GIFT? Contributions to educational and research funds managed by the American Jersey Cattle Association are exempt from Federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information on contributing to these or other permanent funds, contact the Development Department at 614/322-4456.
NOW: Type appraisal application due from herds in Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. For more -> August 8 (Tuesday):Release of CDCB genetic evaluations. Reports posted on Green Book as completed.
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Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein BRATTLEBORO, Vt., December 18, 2017 – Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce the recipients of 2017 Progressive Breeders’ RegistrySM. The Progressive Breeders’ Registry (PBR), established in 1937, recognizes top Registered Holstein® homebred herds based on elite milk production and classification scores. The Association’s longest running award honors over 200 breeders annually. To qualify for the PBR award, a herd must be a member of both their national and state associations, enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStarSM options, and participate in a
PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshops Scheduled for Feb 7 and 8 in Green Bay Demand for Transparency Increases Focus on Animal Care Practices of Dairy Farmers DAIRY NEWS – Dairy farmers, herd managers and industry professionals will gain new perspective on animal welfare issues like lameness, body condition scoring, and cull-cow management at the PDPW Dairy Wellbeing Workshop, presented by Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW). Two one-day sessions will be held on Wed., Feb 7, and Thurs., Feb. 8, both at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wis., from 8 a.m.
Agreement on Plans to Merge Koepon & CRI SHAWANO, Wisconsin – The boards of directors of Koepon Holding BV and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) have reached agreement on a plan to merge their organizations. The agreement is non-binding, and subject to due diligence and other customary conditions, including receipt of requisite governmental and other consents and approvals. Once completed, final agreement will be conditional upon approval by both boards of directors as well as the delegates of CRI. If successful, the organizations plan to formalize the merger by mid-2018. Both