IDW Bushfire Appeal


Jersey Australia together with International Dairy Week and Global Impact Sale are pleased to announce that the distribution of funds from the IDW Bushfire Appeal has commenced providing significant direct cash support to affected dairy farmers in the Cobargo and Nth East Victoria region.

With the generous support of the Herd Improvement Industry, Dairy Farmers and Dairy Supplier and the even more generous support of those who purchased items from the Silent Auction, Cattle Sales and donations received from across Australia as well as around the world, approximately $113,000 was raised to provide direct financial support to dairy farmers

$50,000.00 of the funds raised has already been provided to Renee and Harley Salway, Renee tragically lost husband Patrick and Harley’s father who was killed with his father Robert in the fires at Cobargo to support the family through this time and into the future.

The balance of the funds is being distributed direct to 12 dairy farmers. 6 in the Cobargo region and 6 in Nth East Victoria

Jersey Australia General Manager Mr Glen Barrett said “Jersey Australia was proud to get behind and support the appeal.  The bushfire were a significant tragedy across the dairy farming community.  The tragic death of Robert Salway a long member of Jersey Australia with the well-known and regarded Wilgo Stud and his son Patrick was devastating and felt across the Association.

“We cannot thank all donors, buyers and supporters of the appeal enough” said Mr Barrett.  “and it certainly makes you swell with pride to see the dairy community come together to provide such amazing support when a lot of the industry has been challenged by long term drought, water shortage and below par milk price”

Director of IDW and Dairy Livestock Services Manager, Scott Lord said “it was a pleasure to have the dairy community support the bushfire appeal that we conducted during International Dairy Week. The funds raised via the auctions conducted as well as the many cash donations from Australia and overseas show that as an industry we care about our own. We are proud to be associated with such outstanding results and most importantly funds are getting to those in need in a timely fashion. On behalf of International Dairy Week, I sincerely thank all involved in this magnificent appeal.”

Declan Patten, Sales Manager for Global Impact Sales said “When we heard about the devastation that happened during this bushfire season we knew that we had to help. It was fortunate that this year we were hosting our very first auction at IDW and we knew we had a platform to help others in our dairy community. We are overwhelmed with the support received and couldn’t be prouder of the dairy community coming together during this difficult time.”

For more information please contact

Glen Barrett

0418 466 371

Update to Members re: Coronavirus

Jersey Australia advises that from today, a number of changes will be put in place to manage our office operations and services to members in line with imposed restrictions relating to coronavirus, whilst mitigating risk to staff and the wider community.

What does this mean for Jersey Australia and our members?

  1. The Jersey Australia Office will remain open
    1. Jersey Australia is enacting a Work from Home policy for staff where practicable.
  2. Member services will still be delivered as best possible however we do expect some limitations on what we can and cant do:
    1. Communications
      1. JA telephones will be diverted to mobiles and answered as normal
      2. All emails will remain monitored and responded to
        1. General enquiries:
        2. Registrations: 
        3. Classification: 
        4. accounts         
      3. We are still working to understand what our access to the postal service is
        1. We encourage all members to use email instead of posting correspondence to ensure on time delivery
        2. Unless significant further restrictions are imposed by AgriBio management, we will have restricted access to mail however this could change if conditions deteriorate further.
    2. Registrations
      1. Registrations will still be processed
        1. As we expect limited access to the office during this shut down period, we encourage all members to use the online registration facilities via Jersey online; or
        2. Use the registration functionality in your Easy Dairy or Mistro farm management software; or
        3. Email your requirements to
        4. We will not be able to print and post registrations certificates during this period. Any requirements will be banked and processed when our access to the office will be returned.
        5. You will be able to access performance pedigree via Jersey Online if you required a pedigree for an urgent need.
        6. With limited ability for all to travel and go out this is a good time to bring your registrations up to date so we look forward to helping you do achieve this.
    3.  Classification
      1. Autumn Class Service
        1. JA is putting in place a limited classification tour to be held commencing late May.
        2. Due to business and Government imposed travel restrictions, we are unable to offer an Autumn tour opportunity  to Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland in 2020.
          • Further details relating to dates will follow in other communications
        3. Members can still book a class visit via the Jersey Online Shop or email with your class requirements. We are not asking members to pay upfront a booking fee for this tour.
      2. Our of Tour Class
        1. We will review this on a case by case basis however nothing will be considered until May 1st the very earliest.
      3. Health of our staff and members is paramount and should a high level of risk be maintained, Autumn Class will be cancelled.
    4. Accounts 
      1. We encourage members who typically post cheques to use internet banking or pay by credit card options where possible to minimise staff contact external parties to process and bank cheques.
    5. Genomics / DNA
      1. Please continue to send samples in to the office.  They will be processed and at this time we are not aware of delays at the lab.
We will do our very best to keep members informed of all matters as they arise and change.Kind Regards

Glen Barrett
General Manager

Jersey Journal March/April 2020

Out now is the March/April edition of the Australian Jersey Journal.

This Blue Ribbon Edition has extensive coverage from IDW 2020. We here from all the owners on why their Champion Cows are so special to them, members tell us why IDW is must do annual pilgrimage, Rob Anderson reflects on judging the Royal Ulster Winter Fair in Ireland and our retrospective look back in times reaches into the 1990’s

The Jersey Journal is in your mailboxes this week or read online at Mar / April 2020 Jersey Journal

Deferment of AGM

16th March 2020

Dear Members

Jersey Australia, in consultation with the Sunshine Coast Jersey Cattle Breeders Club and Jersey Qld,  wish to advise that the 2020 Jersey Australia Annual General Meeting and Conference, scheduled to be held in Noosa on June 2nd – 5th 2020, has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

While not an easy decision to make this far out from the event, we are in an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation with no ironclad guarantee that further travel and congregational event restrictions will be enforced.  The Board and organisers considered it appropriate to make this decision to prioritise members health and prevent unnecessary cost outlay that may not be recoverable.

Jersey Australia encourages all members to take appropriate steps as prescribed by the World Health Organisation and Federal and State Government Health Departments to maintain good health and hygiene for yourself, your family and your community during this time.

Jersey Australia will continue to plan an AGM to be held later this year in accordance with our constitutional requirements, which may include a meeting utilising video or teleconferencing.

We thank the Sunshine Coast Jersey Cattle Breeders Club and Jersey Qld for their efforts to date in putting together an exciting conference for members. Rest assured we aim to take our AGM and Conference to QLD when possible.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact myself or Glen Barrett.


Kind regards,


Chris MacKenzie                                         Glen Barrett

President                                                     General Manager

Member Encouragement Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 JA Youth Encouragement Award to be presented at the 2020 AGM to be held in Noosa, QLD in June

The Jersey Australia Member Encouragement Award recognises young adult members who are: 

  • Aged between 20 and 35 as at end of Feb 2020.
  • Actively engaged in and supportive of registration and classification either in their own, family or employers’ herd.
  • Actively involved and participating in local Jersey club activities

The nominations for the award are required to be submitted to Jersey Australia by clubs by no later than the end of March 2020  via email to 

The winner of the Member Encouragement Award will win a trip to the 2020 AGM and Conference and will make a presentation to the AGM

Contact Glen at the JA office for more information on 0418 466 371  

Download the nomination form Member Encouragement Award – Nomination Form

Pictured is 2019 Winner Samantha Johns from Tasmania receiving her award from JA Board Member Jane Sykes

Australian Jersey Journal Jan/ Feb 2020 Edition

The Jan / Feb Jersey Journal is out now and is a bumper edition.  We turn our focus to Queensland and preview the JA 2020 AGM and conference, profile young member Clinton Keir and here from JA(QLD) President Tim Beattie on the impact of the ongoing drought and its ongoing affect on dairy farming in Qld. 

Also in this edition Margaret and John Cockerell who have recently joined the Ginfo project tell us how data is driving their decision making, take  a snapshot of some of the interesting articles from the Journal during the 1990’s.  There is show and class results and much more. 

Available now at    Jan/Feb 2020 Jersey Journal


European Young Breeders School – 2020 Team

Applications are now open for places on the five-strong Australian team that will compete at the European Young Breeders School in Battice, Belgium, in September 2020 with young dairy men and women representing all breeds encouraged to apply.

An Australian team competed at the European Breeders School for the first time in 2019, with all team members finishing in the top third of the results, three in the top fifteen. For 2020 the team will be led by Justin Johnston and 2019 team member, Julia Paulger.

“Planning for 2020 started as soon as we returned home,” says Mr Johnston. “For anyone looking to pursue a career in the dairy industry this is an incredible opportunity. The European Young Breeders School is the international reference point for training and show preparation, with almost 200 competitors from around the world expected to take part next year.”

Leadership development is at the heart of Australia’s EYBS program according to Julia Paulger, who will be returning to Belgium as joint team leader.

For full media release and details on how to apply click below

Jersey Journal – Nov/Dec 2019

The Nov/Dec 2019 Edition of the Australian Jersey Journal. 

In this edition you will find:
* Profiles on our GSC / GNC Judges Pat Buckley and Pat Nicholson
* The GSC is celebrating is 20th year in 2019. We have spoken with key drivers in setting up the GSC challenge Ron Baker and Peter Farrell
*Australia’s team at the recent EYBS in Belgium had a successful competition. We have a wrap up of this event.
*In continuing the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Jersey Journal we reflect on some of the key issues of the 1970’s
*Show and sale results.
The Jersey Journal is available at Jersey Journal Nov/Dec 2019

Semex / Jersey Australia Great Southern and Great Northern Challenge judges announcement



New judges to decide Australia’s best Jersey cows for 2019

Two new judges are expecting to face tough decisions as they assess Australia’s best Jersey cows for 2019.

Pat Nicholson, from Girgarre, near Kyabram in northern Victoria has been appointed Great Southern Challenge judge and Pat Buckley from The Oaks, near Camden in NSW will decide the Great Northern Challenge.

Judging for the 2019 Jersey Australia/Semex Great Southern and Great Northern Challenges  will start on November 17 and winners will be announced on December 6.  Winners of these 2 competitions will then bye judged for the Great Australian Challenge and announced at the Jersey Australia AGM in June 2020

Mr Nicholson has previously judged at International Dairy Week and says judging the Great Southern Challenge is “right up there” in prestige.

“I’ve judged a lot of on-farm challenges over the years from all breeds and it’s an honour to be able to judge a competition like the Great Southern,” he said.

“You’re judging the best of the best.”

Mr Nicholson’s Jugiong Stud has had great success over many years, including Supreme Champions JUGIONG DAYDREAM 5744 in 2013 and JUGIONG ILAGAY 142 in 2003, along with several age category winners.

A former classifier, Mr Nicholson said he would be looking for “a good dairy cow with good, high wide rear udders and strong ligaments.

“There’s no doubt competitions like this are getting stronger and stronger,” he said. “As you get more people entering at the grass roots level and more herds involved, you’re identifying a lot of top cows that go through to the final.”

The Great Southern Challenge is being presented for the 21st time.

At 33, Mr Buckley has become the youngest person to judge both Southern and Northern challenges.

Mr Buckley has been a Jersey classifier for seven years and has judged many competitions, including the Great Southern Challenge in 2016.

“The Great Southern was a massive highlight and having the opportunity to judge the Northern is just as prestigious,” he said.

Mr Buckley runs Killarney Grove Jerseys, while his parents David and Linda Buckley have their stud Nimerald at The Oaks, near Camden in NSW.

He will travel from Far North Queensland to Bega and other NSW locations to judge cows in their natural settings.

Mr Buckley won the 3-Year-Old Championship in the Great Northern Challenge in 2011 with Transit Park Hattie 5746.

He said he would look for the type of cows he’d like to milk and breed on his farm. “Like all dairymen, I look for cows with high, wide rear udders that are balanced right throughout and have that dairy strength we all look for,” he said.

He expects a tough judging assignment. “It’s like the grand final so often there’s not much between the top five. Ultimately you look for the cow that’s most correct, with the least faults.”

Jersey Australia president Chris MacKenzie said Mr Buckley and Mr Nicholson have the experience needed for the job.

“We look for judges with experience, a good knowledge of cows and who knows how to mark the scoresheet,” Mr MacKenzie said.

The judges will score entries over 22 categories in Australia’s premier On Farm Challenge competition with awards for 2-Year-Old, 3-Year-Old, 4-Year-Old, 5-Year-Old and Mature Cows and a Supreme Champion.

The competition starts with club on-farm challenges. The Great Southern Challenge covers Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and the Great Northern Challenge includes clubs from New South Wales and Queensland.

Winners are then judged by a panel of three judges via video to determine the Great Australian Challenge winners which are announced at the Jersey Australia AGM in May.




For more information

Glen Barrett

P: 0418 466 371


Jersey Journal Sept / Oct 2019

The sensational full colour 50th Anniversary Edition of the Australian Jersey Journal

Sept Oct 2019 Jersey Journal