Welcome to the World Jersey Cattle Bureau
WORLD JERSEY CATTLE BUREAU
NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I trust you all had a good Christmas Holiday season and wish you a Happy New Year hoping that 2015 will bring you good health, and may you succeed and achieve all your goals you have set.
2014 was a conference year for the WJCB when we visited South Africa last September. Dr. Johan Jooste, President of Jersey SA and staff members Tessa Opperman and Jannie Nel prepared an excellent programme of events, visiting Jersey farms and along with South Africa’s unique natural tourism provided the 160 delegates from twenty countries with a stimulating time.
The international conference itself provided a number of interesting and rewarding speakers and subjects which the delegates obviously enjoyed, judging by the interest shown all round. It was a totally wonderful occasion enjoyed by so many international Jersey dairy folk and on behalf of all, I thank the organisers and all the South African Jersey people who played a part in the conference and tours.
The past year has seen some changes in the World Jersey Cattle Bureau officers and I want to thank the retiring Vice Presidents representing their regions for the past six years … Johannes van Eeden for Africa, Dr Cherie Bayer for North America and Peter Ness for Oceania. Their work for the WJCB has been significant during those years and their inspiration and motivation has been most helpful.
At the international conference in South Africa we also had a change in the Secretariat and I want to say a special thanks to James Godfrey for his dedication and outstanding work for the WJCB since 2008.
Two Vice Presidents, Agustín Robredo representing Latin America and Anders Levring on behalf of Europe, were re-elected for their second terms of office, and we welcome Arno Theron for Africa, Kathryn Kyle for North America and Trevor Saunders for Asia-Oceania to the officer team.
We also welcome Roger Trewhella as our new Secretary and I look forward to working with him for the benefit of the WJCB.
The 2015 WJCB council meetings and tours
The WJCB council meetings in 2015 will be held in Germany, with a tour starting in The Netherlands on Sunday, June 14, travelling through Germany to Switzerland, back to Germany and ending in Denmark. This four-country tour – with options to join and depart along the way - will end on Friday, July 3, and we can expect a stimulating journey in these stunning northern European countries. The details of the tour and meetings will be posted on the WJCB website before the end of this month.
Role of the Jersey breed in Dairy Expansion in the Developing world – a new initiative for the WJCB
Following discussions at the 2014 WJCB international conference, the WJCB seeks to encourage a greater contribution, by the Jersey breed, towards the improvement in agriculture and food production by small farmers in the countries of the developing world.
The advantages of Jersey cattle to meet the aim are well documented in terms of: -
- High milk solids production to body weight ratio
- Lower water intake
- Lower feed maintenance requirement
- Greater ability to digest fibrous feedstuffs
- Greater temperature variance tolerance
- Higher fertility
- Harder feet with greater hoof disease resistance
- Easier calving ability
HOW THE WJCB CAN HELP
At the conference in South Africa, a number of papers were presented describing the social and nutritional benefits resulting from improved agricultural efficiency and food self-efficiency levels in the developing countries of the world.
As a result, the WJCB council resolved, unanimously, to initiate a programme of Jersey semen distribution to small farmers in developing countries.
The programme will bring together small farmers, established and reputable agencies and cattle breeding organisations to achieve the successful transfer and use of Jersey semen.
In the first instance, the WJCB seeks expression of interest from: -
- Agencies working with farmers in developing nations
- Breeding organisations wishing to make available product and/or expertise to achieve the programme’s aims.
LIMITS OF WJCB RESPONSIBILITY
The WJCB is not able to take responsibility for: -
- Costs associated with the collection, transfer and distribution of Jersey semen to or within the recipient countries
- Ensuring that export/import protocols for bovine semen transfer between participating countries are fulfilled
- Resolve queries arising from issues of perceived or actual semen quality and/or conception levels achieved from its use.
We appeal to anyone related to the Jersey business that are interested in helping to expand the Jersey breed in developing countries and in doing so, supporting the lives of these poor people, to contact the WJCB Secretariat.
Other new initiatives were discussed last September and these will be rolled out in the coming months.
I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming year and send my best wishes to all involved with the Jersey cow.
Derrick Frigot MBE