Postponement of JA AGM

Dear Members

Very late in the evening of Wednesday May 26th, Jersey Australia was advised by an attendee at the Jersey Australia AGM and Conference on the following days

  • Monday May 24th
    • Dairy’s Finest Sale
  • Tuesday May 25th
    • Lunch at Poowong Nth Hall
    • Farm visit at Wallacedale Jerseys
    • JA Awards Dinner
  • Wednesday May 26th
    • Farm visit at Majestic Jersey

That they have had a potential Tier-2 exposure to COVID-19.

Following this, the Jersey Australia board took the appropriate action and postpone the 2021 Annual General Meeting to mitigate any potential further risk.  Members and guest’s health and wellbeing was our highest priority.

We are pleased to advise the attendee has been tested for COVID-19 and has tested negative.

The Jersey Australia 2021 AGM will be re-schedule and be held on Thursday June 24th 2021 via video conference on zoom.  Members will also be able to phone into the meeting.   Please registered your intention to attend by clicking  on the following link and completing the registration form.

On completion of the registration, you will receive the meeting details via email.  If you do not have access to register online, please contact the Jersey Australia office and we will provide appropriate phone in details for the meeting.

All members will have opportunities to raise questions of the Board and Association.  If you have a question you would like to table in advance, please forward your question to Glen Barrett on

If you have any questions relating to the postponement and rescheduling of the AGM, please contact Glen Barrett on 0418 466 371

Kind Regards


Chris MacKenzie


Australian Jersey Journal – May/June 2021

CrhThe May / June 2021 edition of the Australian Jersey Journal is out now and what a cracking edition it is.  Our thanks to the many advertisers and supporters who have made this 56 page edition.

In the Journal, we:

  • Preview Dairy’s Finest Sale and speak to the sale organisers and some of vendors on what is on offer in what will be the sale of the year
  • Chris MacKenzie is stepping down from the Board this year after many many years of service to JA including 4 years of Presidents.  Rick Baynes sat down  with Chris to talk about his time on the Board of JA and what is in store next for him
  • Thinking of stepping into the Dairy Beef market.  Cameron Renshaw from Calf Link is seeing lots of opportunity but also conscious of not wanting the Australian dairy industry to make mistakes seen globally as dairy farmers transition more and more to a dairy beef market.
  • April ABV results are out and we have a look at who made the top of the lists.
  • DataGene recently sat down with Lyn Parish to talk about how genomics is driving there herd management decisions.
  • Neville McDonald who passed away suddenly last year  was recently honoured by the Kyabram Show Society.  We caught up with Janelle to reflect on Neville’s passion for Jerseys, Showing cows, supporting young breeders and family.
  • Central Gippsland Jersey Fair Results
  • On Farm Challenge State of Origin results
  • And much much more.

Check out your mail box for your copy or download to read on line at May / June Jersey Journal

2021 Annual General Meeting

Dear Members


It is my pleasure on behalf of the Board of Jersey Australia to invite you to the 2021 Jersey Australia Annual General Meeting.

We are excited this year to return to an in-person meeting and we look forward to seeing you all at n the Mercure Hotel in Warragul on the 27th of May at 9am for the 2021 Annual General Meeting and thank the Central Gippsland Club for being welcoming hosts.

Members can download the Annual Report including the 2021 audited financial statements at 2021 Jersey Australia Annual Report  

We also recognise the value of ensuring members who cannot travel in person can also attend and we will also be streaming the AGM via video link.

Topic: JA 2021 AGM

Time: May 27, 2021 08:30 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Glen Barrett

Returning Officer

2021 Board Elections

2021 Board Nomination

Dear Members

As per the rules of the Jersey Australia constitution, nominees for the Board were sought from eligible members to fill four(4) vacant positions on the Board.  3 nominations were received and accepted by the Returning Officer at the closing date of nominations at COB, Thursday April 15th 2021.

The received and accepted nominations were received from

  • Brian Wilson
  • Wayne Kuhne
  • Jamie Drury
With insufficient nominations received to meet the available positions, the nominees under the rules of the Constitution will be automatically appointed to the Board for a 2 year term and no election will be required in 2021.  The final available position will remain vacant.

On behalf of the members of Jersey Australia, I congratulate the nominees on their appointment to the Board.

If you have any questions relating to the nomination and appointment process, please contact me on 0418 466 371.

Kind Regards

Glen Barrett
Returning Officer.

Jersey Australia 2021 AGM

The 2021 AGM and Conference is being hosted by The Central Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club and will be held from the 24th – 27th of May in Warragul VIC.

The Central Gippsland Club have an actioned packed conference planned with herd visits to Kings Ville, Youngstar, Riviera, Attaview, Wallacedale, Majestic, Araluen Park, Stonyrun Aus and Kings View Jerseys, visits to the Ellinbank Research Farm, and the Anderson Family dairy and jersey museum and a visit to Yarragon.  Combined with some the JA AGM and Awards dinner this is an exciting event that will bring members from across the country.  And do not forget Dairy’s Finest Sale with 30 of the very best Jerseys available some of Central Gippsland’s best restaurants and special treat with a Jersey theme lunch.

The AGM and Conference has great support from sponsors with Reid Stockfeed the Platinum Sponsor, Genetics Australia the gold sale sponsor, Rabo Bank and Central Sires Co-Op silver sponsor with further sponsorship and support from Burra Foods, All Flex, Gippsland Jerseys and Bulla Foods.

Conference Schedule


Monday May 24th

Tuesday May 25th

Wednesday May 26th

Thursday May 27th

  • Lunch and Herd Walk at Kings Ville Jerseys
  • Dairy’s Finest Sale @Kings Ville
  • Casual dinner @ Newmasons
  • Youngstar Jerseys.
  • Riveria Jerseys.
  • Attaview Jerseys.
  • Lunch provided by Gippsland Jerseys.
  • Wallacedale Jerseys.
  • JA Awards Dinner @West Gippsland Art Centre.
  • Majestic Jerseys
  • Araluen Park and Stonyrun Aus Jerseys including lunch
  • Ellinbank Research Farm
  • Alternative option to visit Yarragon Village
  • Conference Dinner @ Hoggets Kitchen
  • JA AGM @ Mercure Hotel
  • Kings View Jerseys
  • Anderson Family Jersey & Dairy Museum

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Australian Jersey Journal – March/April 2021 Edition

The March/April 20021 Edition is out now in your mailbox and is another bumper edition.

With the 2021 JA AGM heading to Warragul and hosted by the Central Gippsland Club in May, in this edition we:

  • Sat down with 2 local breeders who we will be visiting during the AGM
    • Don and Renee Ross of Youngstar Jerseys;
    • Scott and Tahnee Wilson of Riviera Jerseys
  • JA Promotions Committee is up an running and we caught up with Promotions Chair Jane Sykes and committee members Daniel Bacon and Hayley Menzies
  • Alan and Janine Carson have announced the dispersal of the CAIRBRAE herd.  Alan and Janine talk about the CAIRNBRAE Journey and we also caught with Chris McIlroy from Agri-Gene and Peter Ness from Central Sires Co-Op on the the CAIRNBRAE legacy.
  • We also have the 2020 Photo Comp results and Around the Grounds

The March / April Edition is out now in your mailbox or download and read at March/ April 2021 Jersey Journal

Notification of 2021 AGM

24th February 2021

Dear Member

On behalf of the board of Jersey Australia, I would like to advise the membership that 2021 Jersey Australia AGM will be held on Thursday May 27th 2021 at the Mercure Hotel in Warragul, VIC and as per Section 10 of the Jersey Australia constitution, 5 members of the board of management will retire by rotation at the 2021the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The 5 directors who term expires at this year’s AGM are:

  • Chris McKenzie
  • Brian Wilson
  • Paul Lenehan
  • Jamie Drury
  • Wayne Kuhne

Due to changes to the constitution agreed to by the membership at the 2019 AGM to reduce the size of the board from 10 to 8 over a 2-year period, only 4 board positions are available for appointment this year.

At the February 2021 Board Meeting, the Board appointment myself as the Returning Officer for the 2021 Board Election

It is my pleasure on behalf of the membership of Jersey Australia to call for nominations to board. I will note the following:

  • Nominations must be completed on the JA Board nomination form in totality and returned to the Jersey Australia office by COB Thursday April 15th 2021
  • Only Life. Full, or Family members can be nominated to the board.
    • Only 1 person per membership can serve or be nominated to serve on the board at any 1 time.
  • Only members who have paid their membership fee in full for the membership year commencing March 1st, 2021 will be accepted.
  • Director terms are for a period of 2 Years commencing from the completion of the 2021 AGM.

JA Board Nomination Form

If you have any questions relating to the role of director of Jersey Australia, please contact myself on 0418 466 371 or email


Glen Barrett

Returning Officer.

Australian Jersey Journal – January / February 2021

Out now is the January/ February edition of the Australia Jersey Journal.   In this edition:

  • We catch up with Lachlan Fry, Darien Mathews and Reece Attenborough on their appointment to the Genetics Committee
  • Updated BPI’s were released in Dec 2020 ABV Release.  We look at the changes in the BPI and the top herds, cows and bulls
  • The 2021 AGM is fast approaching.  Host club President Reece Attenborough gives us a preview on what the Central Gippsland Club will be putting on.
  • Why Jersey.  JA recently spoke to members across the country on Why they milk Jerseys for our annual Australian Dairy Farmer magazine Jersey Feature.  We publish some of their stories in the Journal.
  • JA has 2 new project in 2021 in classification and genomics. We outline these and will have more details in the next Australian Jersey Journal edition
  • Our front cover is some amazing shots from our short listed finalists in the Annual Photo Competition.

Download and read online at Jersey Journal – Jan/Feb 2021

JNS – New Jersey Haplotype Discovery

The American Jersey Cattle Association have announce the discovery of of a new undesirable genetic factor – JERSEY NEUROPATHY with SPLAYED FORELIMBS (JNS)

Excerpt from US Jersey Publication on Symptoms

Calves affected with Jersey Neuropathy with Splayed Forelimbs (JNS) are unable to stand and exhibit significant extensor rigidity of forelimbs and/or excessive lateral abduction. Affected calves are generally   at birth but exhibit neurologic symptoms including spasticity of head and neck and convulsive behavior. Other symptoms reported include dislocated shoulders, congenital craniofacial anomalies and degenerative myelopathy.

JNS is attributable to a specific haplotype on Bos taurus autosome 6 (BTA6). Subsequent investigation identified the biological cause within the haplotype as a UCLH1 missense variant located at 60,158,901.

What to do if you have a calf with symptoms of JNS

  1. Record all relevant birth details – sire/dam/DOB
  2. Take a DNA sample of  the calf
  3. Take a DNA sample of the Dam
  4. Photograph / Video calf displaying symptom
  5. Advise JA ASAP and send details, videos,photos and DNA samples to JA marked to the URGENT ATTENTION of Glen Barrett

If you believe you have had a calf with JNS symptoms but is no longer available for DNA sampling, please also let us know and provide a DNA sample of the dam.

DNA will be stored for future reference checking if required.

What to do to manage risk in your herd 

  1. Review known sires list who have been identified as JNS carriers and note progeny by these sires in your herd.
  2. Contact your AI company to seek information on JNS status of sires not from Nth America.
    1. The attached list only contains sires from Canada and the USA and 1 Danish bull and 1 Australian bull.  It should be expected that carriers will be found in Australian bulls as well as bulls from  other countries.  These bulls may not have been tested as yet if they have not previously been tested in the USA.
  3. Mange future breeding program to avoid mating clashes of sires who are known carriers with daughters of known carriers.
  4. With Cows/heifers sired by known carriers, it may be beneficial to genomic test these progeny to identify their JNS status and support future decision making.  At this stage we would expect the Haplotype call to be only available in the USA.  Contact your Genomic Service Provider(GSP) to discuss testing availability.
    1. If you have previously genomic tested any progeny, contact your GSP to see if a JNS Haplotype call can be made from your existing genotype.


List of sires who are known JNS Carriers JNS Carrier AI Bulls Nov2020

JNS – Summary Information: JNS – Summary

Please contact Glen Barrett on  0418 466 371 or for more information and what to do if you have a calf with JNS symptoms.



Australian Jersey Journal – Nov / Dec 2020

The Nov / Dec 2020 edition of the Australian Jersey Journal is out in your mailboxes.  In this edition;

  • We head to Sth Australia and catch up with Jersey SA leadership Glen Schultz and Amy MacDonald
  • Our Breeder profile is Andrew and Angela Koch of ASHTANEY Jersey
  • Genomics is a big feature in this edition.
    • Mark Flemming tells us how he managed a herd reduction using genomics when the Miami Herd moved to Western Vic
    • Zoetis takes us to Craig Drake’s @ Allansford and discusses how he manages inbreeding
    • Accelerating Genomics is a new project backed by DataGene and Dairy Australia.  We hear from Project Leader Michelle Axford on what the project aims to achieve.
  • Bushlea Jerseys is celebrating 75 years.  The south Gippsland Club commissioned a great story on the Bushlea Journey.
  • Qld Feature show results
  • ST Genetics Australia’s Dairy Youth Expo result
  • and much much more

Download and read today at Nov/Dec 2020 Jersey Journal