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Coldeaton on the Big Screen Tomorrow!

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During the summer of 2021 the Coldeaton herd of Jo Burrows and her Dad John Stubbs, took part in filming for the BBC1 series, The Farmers Country Showdown! This airs tomorrow, Thursday 6th January at 3:45pm – don’t miss out! #bigscreengirls #dairyqueen

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Interbreed Hattrick for the Jersey at the Winter Fair

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CLANDEBOYE Tequila Cookie is no stranger to the show ring spotlight and she wore the crown once again winning not only the Breed Championship but going on to take the Interbreed title also. Not to be left in the shade, CLANDEBOYE Caramel Cookie also won the heifer section of the Interbreed Championship, with POTTERSWALLS Fillpail Tracy winning the Junior Interbreed! What a day for the breed and congratulations to all those involved.

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Congratulations to Clandeboye!

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Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Northern Ireland and home of Clandeboye Jerseys have been crowned “UK’s Best Product of the Year 2021” for the Madagascan Vanilla Greek Style Yoghurt at this year’s Quality Food Awards! This is the first time the title has found it’s home in Northern Ireland since the awards began over 40 years ago. Following this success, Clandeboye have further signed with an Irish distribution company BWG, who distribute to convenience stores and trade customers across Southern Ireland just in time for the new creamery on the estate. To view the full range of products available from Clandeboye, follow the link: http://www.clandeboye.co.uk/our-venue/clandeboye-yoghurt/

Cornish Club Herd Competition Results are In!

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Cornish Club Secretary Lisa Hopwood says, “thank you to Tim Garry for judging and to Wayne Jeffery for hosting the Pasty & Presentation evening and to all the sponsors, without whom this competition could not happen. We had 10 herds enter which was fantastic and the rosettes were really special, thanks to Leeza Wiliams”. To view the full results, please follow the link below: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/2021-cornwall-club-herd-competition/

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2021 National Youngstock Show

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For 2021 we took the decision to re-brand the annual National Show, held at The Dairy Show, Shepton Mallet as The National Youngstock Show. At the time of planning Covid-19 regulations were still hitting hard so we took the step to go ahead in supporting our usual venue in their chosen format for this year. The quality of calves forward was strong with judge David Christophers of Trerose Jerseys finding his Champion in Rivermead Bubba Lexi from The Davis Family, Devon. Lexi then went on to lift the Championship crown against 5 breeds and across a full panel of judges, scoring maximum points in the paddle board system. We would like to take this opportunity as a Society to thank the Royal Bath & West of England Society for their hard work in putting this event on in such challenging times and we look forward to joining you again in 2022. To view the full results, please follow the link below: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/2021-national-youngstock-show/

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Viking Genetics Jersey Webinar

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Join the live webinar “Is breeding for Type Merit the future for Jersey Genetics?”. Peter Larson, Senior Breeding Manager at VikingGenetics will talk about breeding for different profiles and how you can breed for healthy and profitable Jersey cows and achieve higher efficiency in your dairy herd.  Join the free webinar and learn about: How to achieve the balanced breeding goal relying on different sire profiles? Functional conformation and genetic correlations between type traits and other traits Breeding for healthy, fertile and efficient cows with VikingJersey Sires and how can VikingGenetics UK support you? Time: November 2nd, 19:00-19:45 (GMT) Sign up for the free webinar now: https://bit.ly/3mDHnSI

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Come & See Us at UK Dairy Day Tomorrow!

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We are delighted to be back at UK Dairy Day with our Tradestand. Come & visit us in the Breed Society Village; if Becky isn’t there you will find her by the judging ring. Classes commence at 9am and Ben Etteridge (MOONSHINE) is judging. Ben keeps his cows at PG Walkers in Suffolk and at Charles & Andrew Readers BARNOWL Herd. Ben started showing calves at the age of 9 and for the past 20 years has been showing MOONSHINE cows and calves at many County shows, including UK Dairy Day. #dedicatedtodairy #jerseycow #showtime

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New – Pre-owned JCS Show Shirts for Sale!

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We know how fast our Jersey Young Breeders grow and how often members have to buy new junior show shirts, to help reduce the cost, we are excited to launch two new initiatives. Option 1 – If a junior show shirt has been outgrown and you would like to donate this to the Society, we will arrange for these to be passed on to other young members free of charge. To donate, please post your shirts back to Becky: Becky Hurd, Whitefield Farm, Whitefield, Wiveliscombe, Somerset TA4 2UW Option 2 – If you would like to sell your pre-owned Show Shirts (Adult or Junior , any size/age), you can advertise them on the Private Sales page of the JCS website: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/private-sales/ To sell your shirt please provide full details – Unisex/Fitted/Junior, size/age, selling price (including postage) and your contact details. Payment and postage will be arranged directly between buyer and seller, the JCS aim to introduce buyers and sellers however will not get involved or be responsible for the arrangement of any sales. Please email details of any items for sale to and these will be advertised on the Private Sales page of the JCS website: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/private-sales/

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Congratulations to Katherine Jenkinson!

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Nominated for the Cumbria Dairy Farmer of the Year Awards! Katherine from Scaleby in Cumbria has made it in to the final three! Field Service Officer Becky Hurd said, “we are delighted to see the exceptional efforts of a young Jersey breeder being recognised by these awards. Katherine has worked exceptionally hard over the last couple of years to create, promote and manage her business and we are very proud”. We are really looking forward to hearing the results in October – good luck Katherine!

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UK Dairy Day: “We’re Back” For September!

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We are delighted to announce “We’re Back” and UK Dairy Day will go ahead in September with additional Covid safety measures in place following the latest Government announcement. The UK Dairy Day team are doing everything they can to stage the event responsibly with additional measures in place to ensure visitors, staff and exhibitors feel safe at the event. Changes to layouts and expertise in crowd management to avoid build-up in popular areas Additional ventilation systems for internal exhibition areas Enhanced cleaning regime and waste disposal Hand sanitiser available across the site Continue to follow industry guidelines Behind the scenes, the UK Dairy Day event team has been working on all elements of the event and we thank everyone for their continued support, feedback and cooperation as we implement changes to ensure our event can return safely. Trade stand bookings are now being finalised before publishing the full exhibitor listing and trade stand plan.  The support from everyone has been fantastic and we are delighted to have the backing of our 2021 principal sponsors Holstein UK, NWF Agriculture, Crystalyx and Fullwood Packo along with media partners Farmers Guardian and Holstein International and our associate sponsors. Practical demonstrations and seminars will return to the event providing an opportunity to hear from the experts and take home great insight and learnings.   We have leading speakers who will cover key topics related to farming without subsidies, climate change, market conditions and breeding the right dairy cow. Dairy cattle will return to the event which will host the National Shows for Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Holstein breeds, along with classes for Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey and Jersey.  The stall booking deadline for cattle exhibitors is Friday 6th August 2021 and the cattle entry deadline is Friday 3rd September 2021.  A fantastic leading line-up of judges …

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The Bland Family & Clifton Jerseys Feature in The Scottish Farmer

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Pedigree Jerseys were the number 1 choice for re-stocking at Abbott Lodge and The Scottish Farmer found out why… Steven & Claire Bland and their children Robert & Elizabeth lost their black & white herd to Foot & Mouth disease in 2001. It was then that radical changes took place and the herd was re-stocked with pedigree Jerseys. Herd facts: 210-220 pedigree Jersey cows Herd yield 7400 litres at 5.6% Butterfat and 3.9% Protein The herd is milked through 3 Fullwood Merlin2 robots with an average of 2.7 milkings per day per cow High yielders are giving 45 – 52 litres per day with lactations regularly over 12,000 litres in 30 days Some cows choose to visit the robot 4 times a day, allowing them to express their genetic potential Milk is sold to Grahams The Family Dairy as well as being made in to Ice Cream which is sold on farm through their tea room and locally. The Bland family make up to 40 different flavours of ice cream! Fertility has also improved since the robots have been in, making it easier to see individual cow behaviour. All cows and heifers are served up to two times with sexed semen with a split od 70% American and 30% Danish. Steven is convinced that good cow families are the strength behind a good breeding animal. Steven describes the herd as, “the ultimate free range cows” To read the full story, click the link: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Scottish-Farmer.pdf

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Grahams New Yoghurt is the Gold Top in Taste and Luxury

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The Scottish family dairy introduces a new luxury yogurt to their iconic Gold Top range – a first for Scotland! Today, Graham’s The Family Dairy announce the launch of Gold Top Luxury Yogurt, a new luxuriously layered yogurt made with deliciously creamy Jersey milk. A first for Scotland, the yogurt is a new addition to the Scotland’s No1 Chosen Brand’s iconic Gold Top range of products, which include award winning milk, butter, and cream. Gold Top Luxury Yogurt is made with the freshest Jersey milk from the Graham’s own herd of Golden Girls in Stirlingshire. Naturally 18% higher in protein and 20% higher in calcium than ‘standard’ milk, Jersey milk’s velvety smooth texture, is rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iodine and vitamins A, B, D and E. So, with the addition of the opulent layer of strawberry or salted caramel, Graham’s Gold Top Luxury Yogurt is THE new must-have treat! Robert Graham, Managing Director, Graham’s The Family Dairy, “Innovation and product development are something we at Graham’s pride ourselves on, and we have been busy this year developing a host of new dairy products, including our new Gold Top luxury layered yogurt using our Jersey milk. As an amalgamation of our existing yoghurt and our iconic Gold Top Jersey milk range, we worked with external research agency, TRKR, as well as our own Graham’s Taste Testers to gain category and customer insight into this new product innovation, at concept level. Our own customer feedback was overwhelmingly positive. They wanted us to develop a luxury yogurt made with our Jersey Gold Top milk. So, as we continue to create delicious and nutritional dairy products with fresh local milk for our customers from all over Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK, we hope that everyone …

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His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Sad passing of Lady Dufferin, Clandeboye Jerseys

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It is with great sadness the Society reports the passing of Lady Dufferin of Clandeboye Jerseys on 27th October 2020.  Lady Dufferin had been a member of the Society for over 20 years and a strong advocate of the Jersey breed.  The Clandeboye herd was established in 2000 and has produced some of the very best, award winning, pedigree Jersey cattle in the UK.  In 2007, Lady Dufferin launched Clandeboye Yogurts, a range of hand crafted yogurts made from the milk of the pedigree Clandeboye Holstein and Jersey herds.  Clandeboye Yogurts have since become the largest yogurt producers in Northern Ireland, supplying all the major supermarkets in NI as well as Aldi in Ireland.  Alongside this, Clandeboye supply small local retailers and also produce some own brand products for Spar and Starbucks in Ireland. Our sincere condolences go to all at Clandeboye Estates at this very sad time. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private funeral at Clandeboye in accordance with Lady Dufferin’s wishes and memorials in celebration of her life at both Clandeboye and in London. If you would like to send your condolences to Clandeboye Estate, please write to: Mr Mark Logan, Clandeboye Estate Manager, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Co. Down, BT19 1RN

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Breeding for improved health and fitness

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As featured in The UKJT March Edition, AHDB Genetics Manager Fern Pearston Explains the heritability of health and fitness traits and how selection for these traits could improve herd management. Health and fitness traits are often overlooked due to their lower heritability but these traits can be improved on farm by selecting the right sires to use on your herd, in addition to improved management techniques. After all, improved genetics for these traits will make management of the herd easier and who wouldn’t want that? The story so far… The Somatic Cell Count (SCC), Lifespan and Fertility indexes have been available for use in bull selection for a number of years, however the trends found when looking at pedigree Jersey cows show not all of these traits appear to have been considered when selecting bulls. Figures 1A, 1B and 1C show the trend for pedigree Jersey females in the milking herd (represented by the solid line) and young females yet to join the milking herd (represented by the dashed line). The vertical dotted lines indicate the year these indexes were made available for selecting bulls. The milking cow Predicted Transmitting Abilities (PTAs) are based on on-farm and milk records, whereas the young animals have their PTAs based on parent average calculations. Please note, 2019 is not a complete data set, so is an indication of this birth year. Genetics for Lifespan in the national herd shows an improving trend (Figure 1A). Lifespan improved by 30 days between 2006 and 2016, that’s one month more in lactation on average! This continues to improve with the young animals entering the herd in coming years. SCC has fluctuated over the last two decades, peaking in 2015 at +1% (Figure 1B). PTAs greater than zero are unfavourable for SCC and indicates that this PTA …

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VikingGenetics and the Jersey Cattle Society sign strategic agreement

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VikingGenetics (VG) and the Jersey Cattle Society of the United Kingdom (JCSUK) have announced a joint agreement which will increase the ambition and scope of each organisation’s Jersey breeding programme.The agreement sees selected cattle from UK Jersey producers’ herds being genomically tested by VikingGenetics and offers the opportunity for animals with the highest genetic merit to be used in VG’s VikingJersey breeding programme. The scheme is mutually beneficial to both UK Jersey breeders and VikingGenetics. Firstly, it enlarges the gene pool from which VG can select its potential bull mothers and secondly, it broadens the opportunity for UK breeders to be rewarded for producing Jerseys with internationally competitive indexes and pedigrees. The animals will be identified using Viking’s selection index, the Nordic Total Merit (NTM), and those with the best bloodlines could go on to be potential bull mothers or used for embryo contracts through the VikingJersey programme. Peter Larson, Manager for VikingJersey says: “JCSUK represents the second-largest Jersey population in Europe and has many interesting outcross pedigree combinations and a wide diversity of bloodlines. “Over many years it has developed its Jersey from the native UK and Jersey Island base, adding bloodlines from the USA, Canada and New Zealand. As a result, it has more diverse pedigrees than those commonly seen in many other countries, including the VikingGenetics nations of Denmark, Sweden and Finland. “The larger genetic base of the combined Nordic and UK populations now makes ours the third largest Jersey breeding programme in the world, and equips it well to produce the 35-40 young Jersey bulls we expect to join our stud every year.” John Whitby, Chairman of JCSUK, says the breed society is delighted to have forged this arrangement which gives its members the opportunity to take part in an important international breeding scheme. He says: …