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Minutes of the WJCB Council Meeting

The meeting convened at 06.30 hrs on Wednesday 9th February,

at the Novotel Lakeside Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand.

1)   President’s Welcome:

Dr Gonzalo Maldonado, President WJCB, welcomed delegates and members to the meeting and the 19th International Conference of the WJCB.  He thanked Jersey New Zealand for hosting the Bureau, its President, Brian Carter, and the organising committee, its Chairman, Maurice Pedley, and the staff of the association for their hard work in bringing to fruition what is an excellent conference.

2)   Members present:

Councillors: Dr Gonzalo Maldonado (President, Colombia), Peter Ness (Vice President Oceania, Australia), Derrick Frigot (Vice President Europe, Jersey), Dr Cherie Bayer (Vice President North America, USA), Steve Le Feuvre (Treasurer, Jersey), James Godfrey (Secretary, Jersey), Brian Carter (New Zealand), John Bailey (NZ), Peter Larson (Denmark), Anders Levring (Denmark), Roger Trewhella (UK), Augustin Robredo (Argentina), Larry Sheardown (Canada), Ryan Barrett (Canada), David Chamberlain (USA), Neal Smith (USA), Benoit Guioullier (France), Jacobo Cabassa (Guatemala), Analuisa de Cabassa (Guatemala), Trevor Saunders (Australia).    

Observers: Tim Sneddon (NZ), Lars Soderlund (Sweden), Maurice Pedley (NZ), Winsome Anderson (Australia), Kelvin Trotman (Australia).

Apologies were received from: Anne Perchard (Patron, Jersey), Johannes Van Eeden (Vice President Africa,  South Africa), Massaru Kashiwagi (Vice President Latin America, Brazil), Ian Anderson (Australia), Anne Corner (UK), Maurice Core (USA), Scott Joynson (Australia), Russell Gammon (Canada), Suzanne Le Feuvre (Jersey), John Le Feuvre (Jersey), Paul Houze (Jersey).  Bill Maness (USA), Charles Reader (UK), Wikus Van der Merwe (SA), Poena Van Niekerk (SA).

3)   To approve the minutes of the meeting of Council, held in Albania, May 2010:

The minutes had been circulated previously and were adopted by unanimous approval on the proposition of Cherie Bayer and seconded by Peter Ness.

4)   Matters arising from the minutes:

a)      Youth Travel Programme:  The Secretary reported that he had met with representatives of Agriventure and they were interested to progress with the pilot ‘Jersey breed’ specific programme.  The next step, if Council agreed, would be to write formally to request the programme be established and set out terms of the relationship which would involve Bureau member associations sourcing potential host farms in their countries and promoting the programme to potential candidates.  It was agreed, on a proposition from Roger Trewhella and seconded by Peter Ness, that this is done with the pilot countries being USA, UK and New Zealand.  All were in agreement.

b)      World Jersey book:  The Secretary provided an update as to the position with his book and it was agreed that a subcommittee be formed to include Derrick Frigot, Steve Le Feuvre, Peter Larson and Cherie Bayer to prepare a plan for publication which would report back at the next session. John Bailey proposed a vote of thanks to the Danish Jersey Cattle Association for their efforts in this regard, and all were in agreement.  

c)      Ethics of cattle photography:  There was considerable discussion on how images of animals were being digitally altered for publication purposes and it was agreed that a subcommittee consisting of Steve Le Feuvre, Neal Smith, Ryan Barrett, Trevor Saunders and Peter Larson would meet to consider this and report back to the next session.

d)      DNA testing & Gratitude:  Steve Le Feuvre explained that he had received correspondence concerned at the way in which male descendants of the Gratitude cow were being listed in the main section of the performance register by the AJCA and that artificial breeding companies continued to market as ‘Jersey’ bulls.   There was discussion on the degree of DNA testing of sire parents and the following summary agreed by the respective countries:


Testing regime

All bulls

All A.I. stud bulls

DNA parentage verification

Canada, Jersey

New Zealand, UK

DNA parentage verification and genomically tested


Australia, Canada, USA


Roger Trewhella pointed out that there were international guidelines, which in the EU were backed by regulation, as to what must be accepted as pedigree.  Neal Smith explained that the USA had improved their processes which, in future, would solve a problem that in the past had not been known about.  Peter Larson felt that is was up to individual national associations to present the data about bulls available as they felt best but the key was that they should ensure that their members were informed of what they were using.  Progeny of the Gratitude cow had entered the grade registers in all populations where they had been accepted for registration.  This view was supported by Ryan Barrett and Trevor Saunders advised that the advances in the science of DNA testing should be the guide. 

It was agreed that the issue had become an historical one in that the procedures adopted by the main countries supplying international genetics would prevent a repeat situation happening in future, whilst noting that the continuing advances in knowledge of the bovine genome would undoubtedly lead to new levels of understanding of the Jersey genome.

5)   To discuss Bureau Business:

It was noted that the following reports had been posted on the web site in advance of the meeting. 

     a) President’s report:  This was adopted on the proposition of Derrick Frigot, seconded by Neal Smith, with all in agreement. 

     b) Vice President’s reports:  These were adopted on the proposition of Augustin Robredo, seconded by Peter Larson, with all in agreement.  It was noted that no report had been received from the Vice President for Latin America.    

     c) Secretary’s report:  This was adopted on the proposition of Ryan Barrett, seconded by Neal Smith, with all in agreement. 

     d) Treasurers report:  This was adopted on the proposition of Peter Ness, seconded by David Chamberlain, with all in agreement.    

     e) Approval of Financial Statements for 2010:  It was agreed, on the proposition of Derrick Frigot and seconded by Roger Trewhella, that, following the audit procedure agreed in Albania last year, David Chamberlain and John Bailey would audit the supporting papers to the financial statements and report back to the next session of the meeting. 

     f)  Membership Fees for the year:  This item would be held over to the next session following the audit process and examination of draft budgets. 

     g) Appointment of auditors:  This item would also be held over to the next session. 


6)  Report of the Lord Jersey Research Trust:

Steve Le Feuvre reported that progress was being made on reopening the Trust and that the reserves remained at £23,384.   


7)  To accept and vote on nominations for Officers of the Bureau to present to the full Bureau Meeting:

The Secretary reported that the following nominations had been correctly received with the nominating countries in brackets:

a.    President – Derrick Frigot (Denmark, Canada, Jersey, UK, Switzerland)

b.    Vice President for Africa – Johannes van Eeden (South Africa)

c.    Vice President for Asia-Oceania – Peter Ness (Australia)

d.    Vice President for Europe – Anders Levring (Denmark, Jersey, UK)

e.    Vice President for Latin America – Agustin Robredo (Colombia)

f.     Vice President for North America – Dr Cherie L. Bayer (Canada)

The Chairman added that the appointments of Honorary Treasurer and Secretary should be added to the agenda.  He noted that Steve Le Feuvre was prepared to continue as Honorary Treasurer and James Godfrey was prepared to continue as Secretary with secretariat services supplied by the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society.

It was proposed by Neal Smith and seconded by Larry Sheardown that these nominations all be accepted ‘en bloc’ and recommended to the full Bureau with all in agreement.


The meeting was adjourned at 08.00 hrs and reconvened at 08.30 hrs on Saturday 12thFebruary at the Novotel Tainui Hotel, Hamilton, New Zealand.  The attendance was as for the first session with the addition of Johannes Van Eeden (South Africa) and Russell Gammon (Canada).

5e) To approve audited accounts for the previous year:

David Chamberlain reported that he and John Bailey had reviewed the supporting documentation to the Financial Statements, had found that all was in order and recommended that they be approved.  The proposition was made by David Chamberlain, seconded by Neal Smith, and all were in agreement.  The Financial Statements were duly signed by the President and Treasurer.

The meeting then considered a budget for the years 2011 to 2013 which showed a deficit over the period of £10,000 without accounting for the publication of the world history book in 2011, the World Jersey Cheese Awards in 2012 or funding for the JETA programme in 2014.  The following was agreed:

·         On the recommendation of David Chamberlain & John Bailey that the Bureau dispenses with its own credit card machine facility and utilizes that of the RJA&HS with compensatory transactions to the Bureau and that the books are in future prepared by the RJA&HS bookkeeper rather than a separate company.  These two items would save £3,300 in expenditure over the period.

·         The RJA&HS would re-examine the secretariat fee, which, whilst being utilised over the past couple of years with the work involved with building the new web site, updating the constitution and incorporating the Bureau, should not require so much time in future.

·         The World Jersey Cheese Awards would seek sponsorship as the RJA&HS had supported the first two occasions and has offered £1,000 in continued sponsorship.

·         The JETA programme is extremely worthwhile and sponsorship would be sought for it.

·         The world history publication would go ahead and a fundraising drive would be launched.

·         On the proposition of Peter Larson that a figure of £1,000 be added to the budget for 2014, when prepared, to allow for some expenditure on the classification harmonization project.

These amendments and suggestions were proposed by Johannes van Eeden and seconded by Ryan Barrett, and approved by the meeting.

5f) To set Members Fees for the year:

It was noted that invoices for 2011 had been sent out and it was agreed on the proposition of Derrick Frigot and seconded by Johannes van Eeden that the fees remain at the current levels, and approved by the meeting.

5g) To appoint Auditors:

     It was agreed that the audit procedure adopted this year would be repeated next year.

8) To discuss future WJCB Meetings:

     a)  Annual Meetings 2012:

       The President outlined a programme from 29th May to 13th June in Colombia, comprising of a pre-meeting study tour to Cartagena, the meetings to be held in and around Bogota and a post meeting study tour to Medellin.  Full details and prices would be published by October this year.  He also would be contacting the association in Costa Rica about the possibility of a further study tour to this most important country for the Jersey breed in the region.

       Annual Meeting 2013:

       Derrick Frigot reported on the plan to visit Japan with a post meeting study tour to either China or Taiwan.  It was agreed that Derrick Frigot would take the lead in pursuing this option.          

     b)  20th International Conference, South Africa 2014:

       Johannes Van Eeden reported on behalf of Jersey SA that the outline plan was to base the conference in the Western Cape with study tours to the northern part of the country.  There will be an emphasis on keeping the costs as economic as possible and attracting younger cattle breeders.  The timing was likely to be around September or October.

c)  Invitation to hold the conference in the UK 2016 or 2017:

       Roger Trewhella reported that this invitation was made in the knowledge that it may be superseded by the invitation to the USA in 2018 but that it opened options to hold a conference in the interim four years

It was agreed on the suggestion by Johannes van Eeden, and proposed by Roger Trewhella and seconded by Peter Ness, that the Jersey Cattle Society of the UK consider holding a regional conference in 2016 as had been done in the past.  All were in favour.

d)  Invitation to hold the 21st International Conference in the USA 2018:

A letter of invitation had been received from the American Jersey Cattle Association to hold the conference in the year that the AJCA would be celebrating its 150th anniversary and David Chamberlain, AJCA President, explained how honoured the association would be if the Bureau would join them for this event.  All were in favour of a proposition to accept this invitation moved by David Chamberlain and seconded by Roger Trewhella.

9) To discuss any other business:

a)  World Jersey history book:

     Steve Le Feuvre reported back on the following conclusions of the sub-committee:

·      The Bureau aims to publish the book in May/June this year with sponsorship in by Easter.  A review of funding would be undertaken following the close of fundraising.

·      Derrick Frigot would act as ‘pro bono’ consulting editor to assist in ensuring that the content was accurate and up to date.  He would be liaising with the national associations in this regard.

·      A fundraising drive would be launched at the final dinner of this conference with the Secretary preparing material for this.  Sponsorship packages would be sought at different levels to encourage the greatest possible participation.  Recognition of sponsors within the publication would be made. 

·      The language of publication would be English, but the future options of other languages and ‘e-book’ publication would be considered following initial publication.

b)  Ethics of cattle photography:

          Steve Le Feuvre reported back on the following conclusions of the sub-committee:

·      The committee had produced a working draft of words, assisted by Cherie Bayer, which was yet to be finalised, but in essence stated that the Bureau recognised the importance of promoting animals to the best of the photographers ability and that their profession exhibited a high degree of skill and artistic integrity, however, the Bureau did not support the alteration of an image of an animal once that image had been captured. 

·      It was agreed, on the proposition of Ryan Barrett and seconded by Neal Smith, with all in favour that the Bureau adopt this statement, accepting that there will some minor changes in word crafting, and publicise its position. 

Peter Larson questioned the position of preparation of the animal prior to capturing the image.  It was agreed that preparation of the animal prior to photography is acceptable.  The President would write to all member associations accordingly.

Roger Trewhella asked whether associations would follow this up by not printing images that were altered.  Steve Le Feuvre hoped that they would and explained that the RJA&HS would be producing a certification mark that images printed in its material would be unaltered.

Trevor Saunders questioned the ethics of preparation of animals for the show ring and some dubious practices that were undertaken to ‘fit’ animals for parade that were questionable in terms of welfare.  In reply Neal Smith explained the codes of conduct adopted by major shows in the USA.  There had been a five year campaign which had resulted in substantial improvement in practices.  It was agreed that he would copy this code to the Bureau for circulation to members associations.

c)  Circulation lists:

Johannes van Eeden requested that member associations review the Bureau membership list and update the email details of members should they have them.

e)  Mozambique:

Derrick Frigot proposed that Mozambique be accepted as an affiliated member of the Bureau with Jenny Evans as the main contact.  This was seconded by Johannes van Eeden and all were in favour.

f)  Harmonisation meeting:

Neal Smith reported on what had been a very successful day with some 15 people in attendance, and he thanked Tim Sneddon for his help with this.  In conclusion he proposed that the Bureau produce and disseminate a publication that detailed the differing systems in the major countries as a start, and which would serve as a guide to individuals on the processes in each country.  He offered that the AJCA would collate the information in the first instance.  This was agreed with all in favour on a proposition from Derrick Frigot and seconded by Ryan Barrett.

g)  National ID systems:

Cherie Bayer & Brian Carter reported on meetings that had been held with representatives from Brazil who had explained that they needed to understand the systems of ID and registration in each country to enable them to discuss with their government what grade of stock is eligible for import.  The United States and New Zealand will be providing official documentation as to their processes which will be copied to the Bureau.  Canada, Denmark and Australia will do the same in order that the Bureau may act as a repository of the different systems in each country.

h)  Awards of the Bureau:

The Secretary reported that nominations for various Bureau awards had been made and the officers had agreed to make the following awards which would be presented at the final dinner:

Distinguished Achievement Award: 

   Russell Gammon for his long career promoting the Jersey breed around the world.

   Meritorious Achievement Award:

   Derrick Frigot for his 29 years of service to the Bureau as Secretary.

   Certificate of Achievement Awards:

Paul Houze for his work in leading the successful campaign in the Island of Jersey to enable breeders to use international genetics through the importation of semen.

John Le Feuvre for his long record of service to the breed through the breed association in the Island of Jersey, breeding and showing a top herd of cattle, judging at many shows around the world.

Maria Carmen de Perez Companc for her support to the breed association in Argentina and her efforts to encourage and develop the breed in that country.

Richard Gibson for his exemplary record of achievement and service to the breed in New Zealand.      


The President concluded the meeting by saying how honoured he had been to lead the Bureau during the last three years.  The meeting closed at 10.20 hrs.


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