2015 Semex Jersey Australia Great Australia Challenge Results

The Grand Champion – Loxleigh Badger Iris 4

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

2016 Member Awards

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


You’re invited to attend the crowning of the “2015 Great Australian Challenge Champions.”
Come along and join in the celebrations, enjoy some Jersey Breeder fellowship and watch the crowning of the 2015 SEMEX, Jersey Australia Great Australian Challenge Champions. Thursday May 19th 6.30pm NURIOOTPA VINE INN
14-22 Murray St NURIOOTPA, SA

Great Australian Challenge presentation flyer

To be held during the Jersey Australia Formal Awards Dinner. Hosted by the South Australian Branch of Jersey Australia

Notice of Annual General Meeting May 18 – 20 2016

The South Australian Branch of Jersey Australia cordially invites all Jersey Australia members and enthusiasts to attend The Value of Jerseys to be held Barossa Valley, South Australia, 18th – 20th May. The program includes the 2016 Jersey Australia AGM, regional tour and Conference.

The Jersey Australia 2015 report and conference program are attached

AGM report & financials for 2015 – 16

New General Manager appointment

Mike with Jersey cows

Mike Weise, new General Manager of Jersey Australia

Jersey Australia’s board of management is delighted to announce that Mike Weise has accepted the role of General Manager.

Mike comes to Jersey Australia with 28 years of experience in the dairy industry in Australia, the UK and Ireland.

He started his career milking Jerseys, Shorthorns and Holstein Friesians and served as Executive Officer of WestVic Dairy, the Regional Development program funded by the farmers’ levy.

For the past three years he has been consulting to not-for-profit and agricultural organisations and serves as a director on three boards.

Now, Mike has decided to return full-time to his passion for dairy.

President of Jersey Australia Peter Ness said that Jersey Australia was fortunate to find an experienced dairy operator with sound financial knowledge, a successful track record of growing a member business (WestVic Dairy) and providing value to members. Mike has exceptional communication skills, strong leadership and organisational skills and a well-established network within Australia’s dairy industry

Mike says he is pleased to be back in the dairy family and looks forward to meeting with Jersey Australia’s existing members as well as looking for opportunities to grow the business.

He started as general manager of Jersey Australia  last month and met  Jersey Australia members at the Sydney Easter Show and will be meeting members at the Central Gippsland Autumn Fair (April 12) and the Jersey Australia AGM (May 18-20).

Mike managed an agricultural college herd in the UK which led into a teaching role at the college and, after five years, he won a 12-month exchange with an Australian agricultural lecturer.

His work history includes delivering services to the National Farmers’ Union in the UK and managing a team of Target 10 dairy extension officers.

The Jersey Australia board and its members would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mike to his position and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.