Report of the Vice President
North American Region
World Jersey Cattle Bureau
30 January 2011
The executive staff of the three Jersey organizations in the North America regionundefinedCanada, Mexico and the United Statesundefinedreport continued improvement and expansion of the Jersey breed for 2010.
Russell Gammon, reporting
- 2010 registrations were highest since 1968, 6% above 2009 and have climbed over 30% since 2003!
- The number of Jersey cows on milk recording has grown by 20% since 2001!
- Number of milk recorded herds containing Jerseys has risen from 607 in 2001 to just under 1,200 in 2010! This is a 96% increase! Jerseys are now found in 12.5% of all milk-recorded herds!
- Highest number of Jerseys ever classified attained in 2010. Canada has had Jersey classification programs since 1941. 2010 classifications were 10% above 2009 total.
- Record levels of young sires entering A. I. sampling programs in 2009 and 2010.
- Memberships at their highest level since 1966/67 in 2009/2010!
- Since January of 2004 over 975 new herd names have been registered-over 800 of these between 2006 and 2010!
- Since 2006 over 1850 herd visits have been made as part of our National Extension Program.
Looking to the future:
- New Strategic Plan for 2011 to 2013 "Jersey Impact" released in late January 2011. Key focus areas: Genetic Improvement, Marketing and Research, Development of Young People and Maintaining Effective and Efficient Association Governance and Structure.
- Further development of Canadian Jersey Embryo Program and National Extension Program and Jersey-The Next Generation Young Adults Program.
- More emphasis on Jersey dairy products.
- Educational/Breed Marketing brochure to be distributed to high percentage of dairy producers across Canada.
Miguel Juarez Nieto, reporting
Honestly, the last two years have been quite difficult for the breeders. The economy came down and it feels like it´s just rising up again.
Even with that, we have been focused on a new project where the association is really catching people interested in getting Jersey cattle, so a big part of our efforts are being made to help the breeders to sell genetics, by live animals or semen.
As well, we have been participating in a government project which started two years ago and basically trying to get a big dairy network (something like the CDN or DHI). This big dairy database is now including production and reproduction events reported monthly from dairy farms, no matter size, breed, or country area.
The big problem for the Jersey breed in Mexico is based on the milk pricing system which doesn´t include paying by components; it means, it´s just a fluid market. This is changing step by step, and thanks to this we´ve seen that Holstein breeders are turning with special interest our breed.
Nowadays we have 45 members and estimate 9,500 active animals under registration spread around the republic, and an equal amount of grade animals.
There is a new plan too, including the Universidad de Chapingo, which is the institute that is in charge of the genetics evaluation of the Jersey breed, on opening a complementary book for identification of different crosses with jerseys.
AMERICAN JERSEY CATTLE ASSOCIATION
Neal Smith, reporting
- •· AI/AB companies reporting that 2010 semen sales exceeded 2008, the previous record year
- •· Results from life-cycle assessment research creates new awareness of Jersey sustainability advantages across the globe
- AJCA recorded Jersey average: 8,424 kg. milk, 397 kg. fat, 304 kg. protein (305d, 2x, ME) … all records
- National DHI test system average: 7,419 kg. milk, 345 kg. fat, 269 kg. protein (actual yield)
- Third consecutive year over 90,000 registrations
- 132,246 cows on performance programs, an all-time record enrollment
- 81,461 type scores assigned, second best year in program history (previous record, 83,431, 2009)
- Genotyping moves forward: 4,113 Jersey females had genomic PTAs at December (2,997 from low-density 3K chip)
Marketing and Educational Outreach:
- Growth in use of All-Jersey© and/or Queen of Quality® brands: 22 producers in 16 states, including top award winners at World Jersey Cheese Awards and American Cheese Society contest
- Jersey Marketing Service posts gross sales of US$ 5.8 million, 4,207 lots (live animals and embryos)
- Genomics impact national sales: Pot O’Gold Sale is first auction to sell 100% genotyped offering, sets new record for sale average
- Jersey Journal publishes 1,072 pages (521 pages advertising), adds online edition by subscription
- Jersey message presented at programs in Italy, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Colombia; hosted government officials, geneticists, and dairy owners from Russia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Iraq
- Registered Jersey population now exceeds 515,000 animals, all ages
- Total populationundefinedregistered, purebred-not registered, and Jersey-influenced crossbredsundefinedconservatively estimated at 1.5 million animals, all ages
Cherie L. Bayer, Ph.D.
Vice President, North America Region