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Save the Date – Jersey Young Breeders Weekend 2023

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We look forward to welcoming our Jersey Young Breeders members to the Hiltonbury herd in Winchester, 15th – 17th September 2023 for a weekend of learning new skills and making lifelong friends. Our sincere thanks to Olly, Shaleen & Cova for hosting this event for us – keep an eye on the Facebook page and your emails for further information! #jerseycow #dairyqueen #allthingsJersey #jerseyyoungbreeders #nextgeneration

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Open Farm Sunday

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Yareal UK Ltd hosted Open Farm Sunday 2023 which saw a wonderful turn out of visitors to the farm in Oswestry to see a first class unit, fully supported by local and national businesses at the event. Our board director Phil attended and was very impressed by the set up and the manner in which the day was run. #jerseycow #dairyqueen #allthingsJersey

Maximise Margins at Turn Out by Grazing Efficiently

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Harness seasonal benefits alongside nutritional supplementation With forage stocks low and growing pressure on margins, dairy producers will be looking to make the most out of grazed grass, but focus should also be given to balanced nutritional supplementation, if performance and yields are to be maintained. With milk prices dropping from the highs experienced in 2022, producer margins are under strain, so maintaining yields and butterfat production will be key to making the most out of forage this spring, to help ease that pressure. Maximise DMIs and margins “The efficient use of grass by precision feeding can help increase milk from forage, but it is vital that grazing is measured and managed. It can then be balanced with the correct buffer feeding, to maximise DMIs and margins,” advises Mike Chown, ruminant technical manager for UFAC-UK. “We need to consider how we can harness seasonality benefits alongside the nutritional supplementation required to support grazing. We want cows to graze efficiently and to milk in a way that can achieve best returns, through a combination of good quality milk and hitting the profile,” he says. “To maximise forage DMIs, we first need to know what we are feeding, so we should regularly analyse all forages, and balance them with the correct nutrients, such as structural fibre, sugar, starch, rumen protein, by-pass protein and rumen inert fatty acids. “For example, with the lush, fresh grass in early spring low in effective fibre levels, it is crucial to provide effective structural fibre to complement grazing, to maintain rumen health and milk quality, in particular butterfat,” he adds. Increase in feed conversion efficiency In essence, the producer needs to optimise the cow’s rumen function and rumen health, and a new to market palm-free fat supplement fits this role, as part of the buffer ration. Designed …

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ALL BRITAIN AWARDS 2022

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The 2022 All Britain Competition had a record level of entries, with a number of first time entrants which is encouraging for the breed. Congratulations to all of our winners. The All Britain Awards are designed to highlight cattle that have been shown during the year and to give credit to their owners and breeders for the outstanding work they do in promoting the Jersey animal at both national and local events. The All Britain Competition continues to go from strength to strength with increasing entries and new exhibitors taking part.

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All Breeds All Britain Calf Show Venue Confirmed

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The show committee have announced that a new venue has been secured for the 2023 All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. “We are delighted to be working with the NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire to host this years event which will take place from 6th to the 8th October. The move comes after the ABAB Calf Show’s previous home, the East of England Showground, announced that it would be unable to host the event this year”. #jerseycow #dairyqueen #allbreedsallbritain #calfshow

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All Breeds All Britain Calf Show Venue

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The show committee have recently been notified by the East of England Show that they will not be able to host the 2023 ABAB Calf Show. The committee are working hard to secure a new venue and we will keep members updated as and when we know more. #jerseycow #dairyqueen #allbreedsallbritain #calfshow

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Judges Conference 2023 announcement

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A great opportunity to be a member of the Jersey Cattle Society Judges panel. Venue: The home of RIVERMEAD JERSEYS by kind permission of The Davis Family, Burlescombe, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7JH Date: TUESDAY 25th APRIL 2023 Time: commence at 10.00am Members and Non-Members are invited to attend and have an opportunity to view the prizewinning Rivermead Herd and meet the family winning team of the 2022 ‘Dairy Farmer of the Year’ British Farming Awards   Please confirm your interest to attend by contacting the Society Office – 01926  484035 Further details of the Conference will be available in due course. #jerseycow #jerseycattlesocietyoftheuk #jerseyconference #rivermeadjerseys #rivermeaddairyltd #judgespanel #dairyfarming

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Clydevalley Lead the Way to Lilyhill Success

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Congratulations to Robert, Lorraine and Mark Hunter of CLYDEVALLEY Jerseys in Lanarkshire who have been crowned winners of the Lilyhill Trophy, awarded to the Gold Cup qualifying Jersey herd with the highest combined butterfat and protein. The herd of 160 milking Jerseys achieved a combined weight of 878.42kgs per cow, yielding 8,063kgs of milk at 6.97% fat and 3.93% protein. The sale of surplus stock from this all year round calving herd, usually 50 cows and heifers a year, is an important part of the business alongside milk production. #jerseycow #dairyqueen #goldcup #lilyhillcup

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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: becky@thejcs.uk.

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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: becky@thejcs.uk. 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 becky@thejcs.uk. #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: blythfarms@yahoo.com 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 / emma@thejcs.uk.  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