Calf vitality is an area of growing importance for dairy farmers with mortality in the first month of life being unofficially reported to be increasing. However, to date, there has been very little research on this topic in Australia. Our intention at Jersey Australia is to assemble enough data to monitor calf survival and to do a provisional analysis of genetic variation in traits associated with calf vitality.
We are working with Agriculture Victoria (part of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) and Jersey Australia with the support of ADHIS to conduct research on the vitality of calves.
We need your help to supply data for this project.
What we need from you is some simple record keeping of the calves you rear, their Dam and Sire and how well they thrived. One lucky data provider will win $400 worth of services from Jersey Australia.
We hope you’ll take a few minutes to consider this request and either email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or phone (03 9370 9105) asking for the record keeping sheets and ultimately help the Jersey Breed further our understanding in this area.
Please download the record keeping form here.Calf Survive v2
To download your copy of the Jersey Journal September/October 2016
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The Annual Jersey Australia Photography Competition is now open!
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Congratulations to everyone who was award a Herd and Cow Production Award at the 2015 AGM.
The full list of recipients can be found here.
The Grand Champion – Loxleigh Badger Iris 4
The results of the 2015 Semex Jersey Australia Great Australian Challenge were announced on Thursday May 19 at the Jersey Australia Awards Dinner as part of the 2016 Jersey Australia Conference & AGM. The judges were highly impressed with the entries and gave the Grand Champion title to Loxleigh Badger Iris 4. The results for all the age groups are:
2 year old
Winner: Rivendell Celebrity Robina: S & H Menzies
Reserve: Dornoch Astound 4640: D & L Parish
3 year old
Winner: Mikandan Vanahlems Ilagay 2184: T & B Edwards
Reserve: Ingalala Vanahlem Romance 806: Johnston Bros
4 year old
Winner: Mikandan Tbones Marie 2175: T & B Edwards
Reserve: Fairdale Adriannas Maximum Maggie 786: S & R Mathers
5 year old
Winner: Loxleigh Resurrection Peace: Akers Family
Reserve: Rivendell Sambo Halle: S & H Menzies
Winner: Loxleigh Badger Iris 4: Akers Family
Reserve: Northern – Brunchilli JS Eileen: S & S Paulger
Grand Champion: Loxleigh Badger Iris 4: Akers Family
Recipients of Platinum or Gold Member Awards have been announced.
To gain a Gold Member Award six of the following criteria must be met and to gain a Platinum Member Award seven or more criteria must be met over the past 12 months:
- Used 20% Progeny Test or Genomic Semen.
- All 2 yr olds Classified.
- Registered animals using eReg (via Easy Dairy or Mistro) or using iReg on the Jersey Australia website.
- Advertised in the Jersey Journal, Jersey Calendar or Membership Booklet.
- Donated to the Jersey Research Fund or Youth Fund.
- Registered All Females
- All registered stock sales have had transfers completed correctly
- Genomic tested 5 females
- Herd Test at least 6 times
Congratulations to the recipients of the Gold Member Awards:
- The Allan Family of Inverlair Heights
- Sandra and Robert Bacon of Brookbora
Congratulations to the recipients of the Platinum Member Awards:
- The Nicholson Family of Jugiong Jerseys
- Bernie and Carol McManus of Bercar
- Alan and Janine Carson of Cairnbrae
- Pat and Keith Kuhne of Bushlea
- John and Margaret Cockerell of Warrain Jerseys