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

2019 Rising Star

Congratulations Abbie Hanks from Cobden Victoria winner of the 2019 Rising Star.


This year competition was judged by Jane Sykes from Tasmania

Abbie’s entry WELLCOORA VALENTINO VICTORIA was judged first place in this year competition. The great capacity and depth of body of the heifer caught the judges attention and to Jane she is the most balanced heifer of the three entries. Abbie’s entry was the Rising Star winner at the 2018 Geelong Show

2nd Place was Ruby Mackie from Meeniyan Victoria with VIEW FORT TPASH DELL. The judge again loved the great capacity and depth of the heifer but couldn’t find enough balance in the heifer to rank her higher. Ruby won her rising star class at the 2019 Central Gippsland Fair


Rounding out the place getters is Sage Deenan from Leongatha South Victoria showing LANGDALE JOEL ADELE. Adele is a lovely long stretchy heifer but for the judge lacked the depth and capacity to rank above the first and second place getters. Sage won the Rising Star Class at IDW 2019

European Young Breeders School Wrap Up

Success for Australia’s first European Young Breeders School Team

Australia’s first team of young dairy men and women to compete at the European Young Breeders School in Battice, Belgium has returned home having scored a great team result.

The five strong team – Brady Hore from Leitchville (Vic), Julia Paulger from Kenilworth (Qld), Ricky Nelson from Irrewillipe (Vic), Sam Hall from Australind (WA) and Zoe Hayes from Girgarre (VIC) competed against 163 youth from 15 countries in the five-day event which includes workshops, judging and clipping competitions and conformation and showmanship classes.

Team Australia had a strong showing with all members placing in the top third of the results. Standout results included Zoe Hayes (7th overall), Ricky Nelson (11th overall) and Julia Paulger (14th overall). Each team was judged on their participation, teamwork and how they cared for their animals.

Team leader, Justin Johnston, says: “I’m really happy for the entire team. This really is a fantastic result in our first year of competing against top teams from around the world.

“There were also some great individual results Ricky won the leading class in his age group, Zoe was awarded third in clipping and second in leading, Julia fourth in leading.

“It was great to see our guys come together and really support each other. They worked hard for the team result, and the support and commitment they gave each other contributed to the individual results. They also made the most of every opportunity provided by the trip. We’ll definitely be back next year.”

The five individuals were chosen for the Australian team following a rigorous selection process earlier this year. Participation in the European Young Breeders School provides young dairy men and women from Australia with a practical hands-on learning experience on the international stage and provides valuable insight into cattle preparation and showmanship best practice from around the world.

The Australian team stayed on after the five-day event for an educational tour that included a visit to K.I. SAMEN, the Netherlands largest private AI station and Holland’s largest dairy farm with 2,500 cows on an 80 stand rotary. They also visited the new floating dairy farm trial site in Rotterdam, which opened earlier this year to demonstrate how food production can become less vulnerable to climate change.

The 2019 Australian European Young Breeders School team was supported by supported by Holstein Australia, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Jersey Australia, Genetics Australia, Dairy Australia, GippsDairy, Gippsland Dairy Youth, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Fonterra, STgenetics Australia, Ridley AgriProducts, WFI Insurance, Dick Smith, Smyth Seeds, B. Braun Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Football League.

Principal Partner Quotes

Jersey Australia General Manager, Glen Barrett, says: “The EYBS was a great opportunity for our young breeders across the country to participate and compete on the international stage and it certainly comes as no surprise that the team achieved the results that they did. Our industry and people are world class. Jersey Australia certainly thanks Justin Johnston for his drive to make this opportunity a reality and the many sponsors who worked together to make this a reality. Our congratulations to Julia, Brady, Sam, Zoe and Ricky for representing our industry with distinction.

Paul Guerra, The Royal Agricultural Society Victoria (RASV) CEO, says: “The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria were proud to support the inaugural Australian youth delegation to the European Young Breeders School. We are thrilled to learn that the five participants enjoyed and valued the unique educational experience at the European Young Breeders School and trust that their participation will assist greatly in their development as emerging leaders in the dairy industry. We are committed to supporting youth development in in agriculture and in particular delighted with the successful outcomes from partnering with Holstein Australia and Jersey Australia to deliver this initiative.”

Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, says: “It has been great to be part of this initiative. The experience and knowledge gained by every team member will last them a lifetime, and I think that our young dairy men and women have signalled Australia’s arrival at the European Young Breeders School, which sees the best of the best from around the world compete, in the best way possible.

“The other great sign for the future has been the way that the Australian dairy sector has thrown their support behind this initiative,” continues Mr Gillian. “In particular I’d like to acknowledge the huge amount of time and hard work from Holstein Australia member, Justin Johnston, to make the Australian team and this trip a reality.”