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Katherines Jerseys Hit The Headlines!

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Congratulations to Katherine Jenkinson, being featured in the current issue of the Farmers Guardian! The article focusses on the vending machine business which Katherine has created with her own Katherines herd of Jerseys. This is an excellent article focusing on a very successful breeder, who is making the most of what her cows are producing and spreading the Jersey word! Click to read the full article: Page 1 – https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/KJ-1.jpg Page 2 – https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/KJ-2.jpg Page 3 – https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/KJ-3.jpg #jerseycow #dairyqueen #butterfatandprotein #componentscount

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South West Scotland Dairy Show

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Claiming the Jersey championship on her debut show outing was Logan Chrome Caribbean from the Yates family and Gary Jones. This heifer in milk by River Valley Cece Chrome is out of Arethusa Veronica Comet EX95 and her granddam is Queen of the Jersey breed, Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J EX97. Taking reserve spot in the Jersey championship was Douglas Buchanan leading his family’s Tintoview Tequila Blondie EX94. This fifth lactation Tower Vue Tequilla daughter calved in July and is giving 32 litres a day. She was champion Jersey at the SWS Dairy Show 2021 and reserve champion at AgriScot 2019. Click here to view full results: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/south-west-scotland-dairy-show/ #jerseycow #dairyqueen

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Lakes Club Herd Competition Results 2022

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Congratulations to all Lakes Club members who took part in the recent Club Herd Competition. With sections totalling over 10 entries in some cases, judges Phil, Jane and Isla Arrell had their work cut out! On behalf of the Society, we thank the club for putting in the efforts to hold this event and thank sponsors Carrs Billington also. Click here to view results: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/lakes-jersey-cattle-club-events/ #jerseycow #dairyqueen

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Denise Does the Double for Guillyhill

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Congratulations to the Jackson family of GUILLYHILL who had an excellent summer show season with their fourth-calving cow, CLIFTON Chavez Denise EX94. Denise took the Interbreed honours at both Dumfries and Cumberland Shows and had local press coverage! Click here to read the article in the Dumfries Courier: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/CLIFTON-Chavez-Denise.jpg #jerseycow #dairyqueen

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European Jersey Show 2022 – Enter Today!

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Following the success of the 2021 competition, we are delighted to see the 2022 competition entries are now open. This competition, kindly organised by the European Jersey Forum will take place on the EJF Facebook page in December. A complete timetable with dates of publication for each class and championship will be distributed as soon as the registrations will be closed. The deadline for registration as well as videos is fixed for 2nd December. Please click here to view the full schedule: European Jersey Forum Show 2022 For a copy of the Registration Form please email Becky: .

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The Davis Family Hit The High Notes at The British Farming Awards

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Congratulations to The Davis Family of RIVERMEAD who took home two fantastic accolades from The British Farming Awards: Gold in the Dairy Farmer of the Year and Silver in the Farming Family of the Year categories. The Davis’ have had a wonderful year on the show circuit and have held a highly successful on farm open day and select sale. The following is borrowed from the British Farming Awards website: Westcott Farm is a tenanted farm owned by Devon County Council, with the Davis Family farming the 101 hectares (250 acres) on a farm business tenancy. A further 18 hectares (45 acres) are rented from the same landlord on a short-term tenancy and a further 22ha (55 acres) rented from a private landlord on a five-year FBT. The wider family are involved in the business but the main family members looking after the day-to-day running are Gordon, his sons Mark and Kevin alongside Richard Saxby. The farm is home to a herd of 280 Jersey cows and their followers with the milking portion producing about two million litres of high constituent milk each year. Rivermead Dairy also buys in an additional 4-5 m litres from Jersey milk producers across the south of England. Using their own fleet of tankers, this milk is then distributed to processors of high-end and speciality cheeses and desserts, alongside more traditional products such as Devonshire clotted cream, ice cream and yoghurts. Gordon says the setting up of this second dairy business has allowed the family to be in control of their own destiny. He says “diversifying has allowed us to purchase new equipment and invest in facilities and staff”. Noted for its success on the show circuit, the Rivermead herd is fully housed and Richard Saxby explains there is an emphasis on cow health and …

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A Wonderful Display of Jerseys at All Breeds All Britain 2022

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The display of Jerseys at All Breeds All Britain this last weekend was second to none. Our judge Ian Collins did a fantastic judge presiding over the breed classes, tapping out his final line-up as follows: Champion: RIVERMEAD Victorious Sangria Reserve Champion: RIVERMEAD Bubba Tweeny Honourable Mention: TREGIBBY Victorious Sunshine In the Showmanship classes, Anna Stable certainly had her work cut out, with the final tap going to Abi Marshall, with Ellie Saxby in Reserve with Hannah Saxby as Honourable Mention. Our thanks to our judges, stewards and the show committee for making this year another to remember. Click to view full results: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/all-breeds-all-britain-calf-show-2022/

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ABAB Showmanship Judge Change

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Anna Stable will now be judging the Coloured Breeds Showmanship Classes on Saturday at All Breeds All Britain. Anna hails from the Thurlstone herd of Jerseys and previously worked with Churchroyd Dairy Shornhorns. Anna has judged coloured calves and their handlers at several shows around the country, including Royal Cheshire.

Four Interbreed Titles on Offer and Four Interbreed Titles Won at 2022 National Show!

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What a fantastic day for the breed at the 2022 Jersey Cattle Society National Show which saw all four Interbreed titles at The Dairy Show, being awarded to the Jersey breed. The first of which was the Interbreed Showmanship title which was won by the 21st birthday girl, Emily Davis under judge Mr Mike Deakins. The next star of the show was exhibited by James Evans. FUTUREDREAMS Valentines Magic Veronica lifted the title of Interbreed Champion Calf under judges Mr Brian Weatherup, Mr Mike Deakins and Mr Duncan Hunter. Moving on the the milking classes, judged by Mr Duncan Hunter saw BLUEGRASS Dancing Hair Bobbles scoop the Supreme Heifer Interbreed Championship for Barry, Jenny and Claire Daw. The atmosphere was electric in the Supreme Interbreed judging ring with all the days judges scoring the individual champions publicly. Tensions were high as RIVERSIDE Engineer Hazelnut 2 scooped the highest points and was crowned Champion for Ben and Nia Llewellin. A truly wonderful show was had by all with an extremely high quality level of Jerseys forward which was reflected in the overall interbreed results. Thank you to all judges, stewards, sponsors and of course The Royal Bath & West of England Society for putting on such a great show once again.

Rivermead and Saxown Sale Tops at 3350gns!

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Kivells were on farm at Tiverton on Thursday to conduct the Rivermead & Saxown Porduction Sale of 64Pedigree Jerseys on behalf of the Davis & Saxby Families. The Sale followed an excellent herd visit which drew a huge crowd of people from far and wide. The Sale was a huge success with 27 different buyers recorded with 15 head selling to 6 buyers from Northern Ireland with other buyers from Scotland, Cumbria, Wales, Yorkshire, Oxford, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Devon & Cornwall. Top of the day was 3550gns for the much admired six month old calf Rivermead Victorious Candy, she is maternal sister to Minx Candy VG89 two yearold who won Dairy Day 21 as an In Milk Heifer. This calf has huge potential and was bought by Tanwen Cox of Carmarthenshire. Close behind at 3300gns was the best of the Saxown consignment, the much admired In CalfHeifer Saxown Victorious Heidi, this super heifer was backed with 7 generations of VG & EX dams and sold due in February to sexed Ferdinand to Smyth McCann of Northern Ireland. The 9 milkers were a slightly more selective trade and topped at 2100gns for Saxown James Heidi, this heifer was backed with 5 striaght excellent dams and sold giving 26kgs to Kev Rickard & Family of Newport. At 1900gns was Saxown Matt Cash GP83, this heifer from the noted Cash Family sold back in Calf to sexed Addiction to the Buddleford Partneship of Cullompton. The only milker from Rivermead was Rivermead Velocitys Scarlet ET GP84, an embryo daughteroff the All American Shantals Cgar Shiloh EX95, she sold to Robert & Lorraine Hunter of Lanarkshire, Scotland for their Clydevalley herd. In Calf Heifers were an excellent trade with others to 1750gns twice for Rivermead Matt Pixie and Rivermead Matt Waffle both due in April …

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ABAB Handling Rule Change

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Please note, we have been sent the following amendment with regard to the calf handling rules at ABAB: In the rules on page 9 can you change Rule 4 to read ‘ Entries will be accepted for Handlers 5 years of age and over on 1st January 2022. However, the Coloured breeds committee reserve the right for the stewards to ask any handlers who were under the age of 7 on 1st January not to enter the ring if they do not show good control of their calf, without assistance, in the collecting area. This decision has been taken to protect the health and safety of all exhibitors, whilst allowing younger experienced handlers to compete Entries close this FRIDAY! No late entries will be accepted. Link to the schedule and entry form, which is also on the shows page of our website and linked to our Facebook page: https://holstein-uk.org/hyb/events/all-breeds-all-britain-2022

Have You Completed Your All Breeds All Britain Entries?

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Entries close this FRIDAY! No late entries will be accepted. Link to the schedule and entry form, which is also on the shows page of our website and linked to our Facebook page: https://holstein-uk.org/hyb/events/all-breeds-all-britain-2022

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Cycle for Sue is in full spin at UK Dairy Day

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We’re raising money for Brain Tumour Research, in memory of Holstein UK Group CEO Sue Cope. Cycle for Sue is in full ‘spin’ at UK Dairy Day to raise money for Brain Tumour Research, in memory of Holstein UK Group CEO and UK Dairy Day Event Director Sue Cope. Earlier this year, Sue lost her short but courageous battle with a brain tumour and her family, friends and colleagues have joined together to cycle two spin bikes a total of 867 miles. Bike one is travelling the distance from Lands’ End to UK Dairy Day in Telford, Shropshire, whilst bike two travels from John O’Groats to the event. The Holstein UK Group were devastated to lose their leader, inspiration, colleague and friend who touched so many people over the 25+ years she worked for the company. Sue was the backbone of the company and so passionate in her role. She has mentored many staff over the years and was dedicated to supporting and driving staff development throughout the company. Sue was instrumental in the organisation of UK Dairy Day since its inception in 2014 and, in 2021, she was presented with the ‘Howard Sneesby Award’ for her fantastic contribution over the years to the National Holstein Show. Sue’s immediate family and friends joined the UK Dairy Day team on Sunday 11th September to officially launch ‘Cycle for Sue’. Speaking on behalf of the family, Sue’s partner Chris Rossington said: “Thank you for everyone for participating. It all makes a difference. To be diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer is bad enough but with a cruel twist it also slowly robs a person of all their faculties too. Hopefully, with what can be raised here at UK Dairy Day, we can help inch closer to finding a cure or at the …

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2022 Jersey Young Breeders Weekend Results

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CALF CLASSES                    Judge: Mr Peter Cotton PRESENTATION CLASS 1st           Lauren Parkhouse 2nd          William Spence 3rd           Jack Davis 4th           Izzy Davis JUNIOR CLASS 1st           Emily Wood 2nd          Jack Davis 3rd           Richard Watson 4th           Bethany Wood 5th           Ava Dickinson 6th           Zara Dickinson 7th           Georgie Bertram 8th           Oliver Pye INTERMEDIATE CLASS 1st           Izzy Davis 2nd          Alfie Parkhouse 3rd           Mark Grififn 4th           Joseph Watson 5th           Katie Bertram 6th           Freddie Etteridge 7th           Euan Bertam SENIOR CLASS 1st           Lauren Parkhouse 2nd          William Spence 3rd           Chloe Peach 4th           Cova Butcher 5th           Frank Griffin CHAMPION                                        Izzy Davis RESERVE CHAMPION                     Lauren Parkhouse HONOURABLE MENTION              Alfie Parkhouse National Clipping Competition – Novice 1st           Jack Davis 2nd          Emily Wood 3rd           Richard Watson & Ellie Davis 4th           Bethany Wood 5th           George Bertram & Ava Dickinson 6th           Zara Dickinson National Clipping Competition 1st           Lauren Parkhouse 2nd          Cova Butcher 3rd           Chloe Peach 4th           Izzy Davis 5th           William Spence 6th           Frank Griffin Poster Competition                        1st           Just A Few Jerseys 2nd          The Jersey Stars 3rd           Flat the the Mat Jerseys 4th           Black Smoke Jerseys Junior Stockperson                         Izzy Davis Overall Stockperson                       Lauren Parkhouse Most Improved Member              Frank Griffin Best Newcomer                               Joseph Watson Frank Poskitt Award for the member gaining the most from the weekend           Ellie Parkhouse Novice Showmanship                    Richard Watson Junior Showmanship                     Emily Wood Intermediate Showmanship       Izzy Davis Senior Showmanship                     Lauren Parkhouse Junior Clipping – Novice               Jack Davis Senior Clipping                                 Lauren Parkhouse Stockjudging Award                        Joseph Watson Calf Presentation                            Just a Few Jerseys Best Team Captain                          Izzy Davis Top Team                                            Flat to the Mat Jerseys Tidy Lines                                            Jersey Stars Muck Heap Challenge                   Just a Few Jerseys #proudtobepedigree #jerseycows

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The Passing of Her Majesty The Queen

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The Jersey Cattle Society of the UK would like to express their great sadness at the passing of our Patron Her Majesty The Queen. Our Board of Trustees and Members extend their deepest condolences to his Majesty the King and all the Royal family. HM The Queen was hugely admired as she devoted her whole life to serve the nation which has reigned for over 70 years.

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2022 Jersey Young Breeders Weekend Complete!

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A heartfelt thank you to all who came, helped, fed and watered to Showtime Supplies who sponsored our young breeders and above all else, thank you to the Spence Family who did a really wonderful job of hosting the event once again. Skills were learnt Friendships were made See you all next year! #proudtobepedigree #jerseycows

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Farming Life Report on Society AGM at Kingsbeck Jerseys

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Farming Life publication has kindly focussed the KINGSBECK herd of John McCosh who kindly hosted the 2022 Society AGM, with over 70 members in attendance. The AGM took place in the morning with members enjoying walking around the KINGSBECK herd in their first-class environment. We are indebted to both John McCosh, Leanne and the team at KINGSBECK along with our sponsors who made the day such a success Click to read the full report: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 #proudtobepedigree #jerseycows

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Milk Production Competition Results, Recording Year 2020-2021

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The 2020-2021 Milk Production Competition results were announced at the 2022 AGM. Top ten places are listed in each class, all animals from an ICAR approved recording system with automatic entry for all classes except the Barnowl trophy. Beauty’s Trophy, highest lifetime kilograms of butterfat from a cow passing 50,000kgs of milk in the recording year 1st DE Shaw – GREYLEYS Sweet Dosh: 8th lactation, 54,786kgs milk, 4,007kgs butterfat Champions Cup, highest kilograms of butterfat and protein in a CM qualified lactation 1st The Hunter Family – CLIFTON Aussiegold Samantha: 3rd lactation, 10,90kgs, 8.21, 4.04, 1,337kgs combined. Bred by S & D C Bland Raylands Trophy, highest kilograms of butterfat and protein in a CM qualified lactation. Dam to be RM qualified. Cow and Dam to be bred by owner 1st The Hunter Family – CLYDEVALLEY Ipod Flora: 4th lactation, 12,614kgs, 6.42, 4.09, 1,326kgs combined Foxbury Trophy, highest kilogams of butterfat and protein in a CM qualified lactation, cow classified Excellent 1st The Hunter Family – CLYDEVAlLEY Ipod Flora: 4th lactation, 12,614kgs, 6.42, 4.09, 1,326kgs combined John Ibbotson Memorial Trophy, highest kilograms of milk from a cow classified Excellent during the recording year 1st SE Lane – HAREPLAIN Lemonhead Reagan: 3rd lactation, 13,241kgs, 4.04, 3.37, 981kgs combined Wheldon Memorial Trophy, highest kilograms of butterfat and protein in 3 consecutive CM lactations 1st The Hunter Family – CLYDEVALLEY Rocket Flora 2: lactation’s 5-7, 3,739kgs fat & protein Grosvenor Berry Memorial Trophy, highest kilograms of butterfat and protein in 6 consecutive CM lactations 1st JD Evans – GADDESDEN Tracy: lactations 3-8, 5,373kgs fat & protein. Bred by Mr CW & Mrs BA Wray Secretarys Tropht, highest lifetime yield of butterfat and protein 1st The Fleming Family – POTTERSWALLS Juno Glamour 2 ET: 11 lactations totalling 9,907kgs Barnowl Trophy Best Female Family, three …

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A Wonderful Day had by all at Society AGM!

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The KINGSBECK herd of John McCosh kindly hosted the 2022 Society AGM, with over 70 members in attendance. The AGM took place in the morning with members enjoying walking around the KINGSBECK herd in their first-class environment. We are indebted to both John McCosh, Leanne and the team at KINGSBECK along with our sponsors who made the day such a success #proudtobepedigree #jerseycows

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Jersey Young Breeders Weekend Forms Available Now!

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We are extremely grateful to the Spence Family of WOODWAY Jerseys for hosting the 2022 JYB weekend on the 2nd – 4th September. Forms are now available to download Form 1 – General Form Form 2 – Medical Consent Form #futuregeneration #proudtobepedigree

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Princess Anne Visits Jersey Judging at Royal Welsh Show

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The Jersey ring was graced by the presence of Princess Anne during the Breed Championship presentation at the Royal Welsh on Tuesday 19th July. Pictured is Princess Anne congratulating Hefyn Wilson with his champion, TREGIBBY Panama Tequila along with judge Mark Davis of RIVERMEAD and a representative of our class sponsors, NFU,

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Katherines Jerseys – Award Winning Milk!

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Congratulations Katherine Jenkinson on winning the Best Liquid Milk Award at Great Yorkshire Show 2022! Katherines also scooped a Third Prize for milk from an individual cow and for strawberry ice cream.

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A Great Result for Young Breeders at Great Yorkshire Show!

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Congratulations to Izzy Lee (SILVERSPRAKLE) who won the Junior Young Handlers Class at Great Yorkshire Show and Tori Wilson (HAILSTONE) who won the Intermediate class and went on to win Reserve Overall Handler! A fantastic result! #jerseyyoungbreeders

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2022 Show Results

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Throughout the 2022 Show Season, don’t forget to take a look at our show results page to see the latest! Click to view: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/shows/ Saying this, I sadly cannot be at every show and rely on other people or the shows themselves to communicate results with me. Therefore, if you have a local show you exhibit at, please feel free to send the results and any photographs across to me via email: . They would be most gratefully received. #proudtobepedigree #showtime

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Young Breeders Weekend is Back!

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Following on from an extended break due to Covid-19 regulations, we are delighted to announce that the Jersey Young Breeders Weekend is back for 2022! Kindly hosted by the Spence Family of Woodway Jerseys in Leicestershire, we are excited to join them on the weekend of the 2nd – 4th September for fun, games and making lifelong friends. Further details will follow but in the meantime should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Becky on 07814 497520 or . #proudtobepedigree #futuregeneration

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Boris Johnson visits Royal Cornwall Show

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Peter and Louise Phillips of JUSTAFEW Jerseys found themselves with a new handler at Royal Cornwall in our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson! Boris is pictured here with ANSOM Dholiver Bayi Anemone VG87. This topped off a great week for JUSTAFEW having won the Breed Championship with ANSOM Tyler Anemone. Congratulations! #proudtobepedigree

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Coloured Breeds Judges Announced for UK Dairy Day 2022

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Travelling over from Ireland is Eddie Barrett to judge this year’s Jersey classes. Eddie is the Dairy Breeding Programme Manager with the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC) in Ireland. He, along with his team, is responsible for the delivery of an elite selection of top dairy sires for the benefit of NCBC shareholders and farmers and the export requirements of “Ireland Genetics”. Eddie grew up on the family farm which is home to the Laurelmore Herd. He is a member of the IHFA official Holstein judges’ panel, having been first selected in 1992. He is also on the Jersey Cattle Society of the UK Judging Panel. He has officiated as Master Judge for IHFA Judging Conference and been a member of the selection panel for the IHFA Holstein team at the European Show in Brussels. Eddie has also been on official breed and inter-breed judging assignments in Ireland, the UK and France, including the Interbreed Judge at RUAS Balmoral and Welsh Dairy Show, along with numerous national and regional Holstein and Jersey herd competition assignments.

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Clandeboye Judges Workshop a Success!

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The first of the 2022 Judges Workshops was held on Saturday at Clandeboye, by kind permission of Mark Logan and the Clandeboye Estate Co Ltd team. We were delighted to have so many potential future judges join us to experience the process of judging and to encourage their thoughts towards considering joining the panel in the future. Once again, we thank the team at Clandeboye and to all those who attended. Please remember you can still book our place at Clifton and Rivermead via the JCS Team.

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Kingsbeck lift the Lilyhill

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John McCosh of the Kingsbeck herd based in Biggar, South Lanarkshire has been awarded the Lilyhill Cup for the Gold Cup Jersey herd. Herds qualifying for the Gold Cup record the highest levels of combined fat and protein. The 185 cow Kingsbeck herd had a CF & P of 816kgs. Congratulations to all!

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2022 WJCB Global Online Conference

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The 2022 WJCB Global Online Conference is due to be held on 28th April via an online meeting. If you wish to attend, details of how to register are within the linked pack below. Once you have registered further information will be emailed to you. The meeting will be split in to four sections: 1 – Global Data Sharing, Initiatives and Opportunities 2 – Gene Editing 3 – Maintaining a Social Licence 4 – Jersey – Most Profitable and Sustainable Cow View full information here: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/WJCB-2022-Global-Online-Conference-28.04.2022.pdf

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Blythbridge Open Day

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Colin and Izzy Laird extend an invitation to attend their charity fundraising open day on 12th May at Blythbridge, Peeblesshire. The focus of the day is to view the newly built dairy system which includes 8 Lely robots. To book please email Colin and Izzy: Click to view open day flier: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Laird-Open-Day.jpg

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Cow Monitors Aid Management at Yareal

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“We are farming over 1,500 cows in total. Jerseys have a better feed conversion rate. We can stock more per acre and their high solid milk best fits our Arla contract. Jerseys also have good fertility and feet and play a key role in creating a successful dairy business” John Cookson, Yareal Dairy Operations Manager Click to view full article: https://jerseycattlesociety.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Yareal-21032022.pdf

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Judges Workshops for 2022

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Promoting the strength of the Jersey breed in the showring – open to all members (aged over 16) Saturday 30th April – Host: Mark Logan “Clandeboye” (Venue: Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Northern Ireland) Thursday 5th May – Host: Steven Bland “Clifton” (Venue: Abbott Lodge, Clifton, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HD) New date to be confirmed – Host: Mark Davies “Rivermead” (Venue: Westcott Farm, Westleigh, Tiverton EX16 7EW) Each workshop will be informal, friendly and non-competitive.Our aim is to provide everyone with the opportunity, whether a seasoned Judge, just starting out or interested in becoming a Judge, to freely discuss the strength of the Jersey breed, your judging and practice your reasoning skills.  If would you like join us at one or more of the above workshops, to practice your judging and reasoning skills in an informal environment whilst meeting like-minded Jersey breeders, please do not hesitate contact either Robert Hunter on m: 07774 134787 or Emma on 07971 020817 / .  We look forward to hearing from you and to help answer any questions you may have about the workshops.   #Breedingforthefuture #FutureJudges #Pedigree #JerseyCattle #JerseyQuality #JerseyAdvantage #showcasingthebestofthebreed

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Strong Trade at the Trekillick Dispersal

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Kivells Auctioneers held the On-Farm Dispersal Sale of the Trekillick herd of 300 Pedigree Jerseys on behalf of the Dyer Family at Trekillick Farm, Bodmin. The Sale attracted 28 different buyers from far and wide both around the ring and online with Cows going to Carmarthen, Anglesey, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and locally. Trade was strong and very level throughout with over 50 cows making £1500 or more to a top of 2050gns (£2152) for a third calver “Trekillick Windmake Ponder” by Whitenhill Cavalias Windmaker who had sired many of the best cows in the sale, she sold due in October to sexed Huxford to Messrs Edwards of Carmarthen. A second calver by another UK bred Sire, Bluegrass Blondettes Blue Lagoon sold due in September to Huxford for 1880gns (£1974) to Messrs A & F Mogridge of Dorset who also bought the top priced heifer at 1820gns (£1911) for “Trekillick Gold Fluff” by Grahams Gold P, she was due in August to Huxford. The summer and Autumn Calvers attracted strong interest with other heifers selling to 1750gns (£1837) and several between 1500-1700gns. Fresh milk topped at £1700gns (£1785) for a second calver “Trekillick On Time Laerile” by Lencrest On Time, she was fresh in January and sold giving 39Kgs to Oliver Neagle for his Hiltonbury Herd in Winchester. Fresh heifers at 23 months old topped at 1600gns (£1680) for “Trekillick Equinox Quince” who had just calved a week. Dry Cows were the trade of the day and sold to exceptional demand topping at 1620gns for “Trekillick Lagoon Milly”  a heifer due her second at the end of March with other similar cows to 1600gns (£1680) three times and many between 1400-1600gns. In Calf Heifers were a steadier trade however readily sold to a top call of 1150gns (£1207) …

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“It has been a year to remember for Northern Ireland Jersey breeders” says Farming Life

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Richard Halleron recently featured the POTTERSWALLS, CLANDEBOYE & UPPERTULLY herds from Northern Ireland in an article for Farming Life newspaper. Richard says “not only has a selection of top cows from the POTTERSWALLS and CLANDEBOYE herds taken all the top show accolades but the footprint of the breed throughout the dairy sector continues to strengthen and at an exponential rate” Click HERE to read the full story #proudtobepedigree #northerirelandbreeders #jerseycow

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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: …