Jersey Newsletter – August 2023

Annual General Meeting 2023

JerseyNZ invites all members to attend the Annual General Meeting, details below:

WHEN:        27 September 2023, 1:00pm
WHERE:      Te Kopuroa Conference space 
Waikato University, Gate 8, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

PARKING:   Some free parking is available on Hillcrest Road or paid parking is available off Gate 7.

The Annual General Meeting will be a hybrid meeting, commencing at 1:00pm. Details will be sent to members joining us online and afternoon tea will be provided to those attending in person. The Annual Report will be issued on 11 September. 

Members will be required to contact the office by Tuesday 19 September to confirm numbers and if they will be attending either in person or online.  

Complete the registration form online click here or email info@jersey.org.nz with your Name, Stud, Number Attending, In person/Online or phone the office on 07 856 0731. If you have a question for the AGM but cannot attend, please e-mail pgoodin@jersey.org.nz

Board Elections

Due to an unforeseen issue for members who were provided with their voting papers by post (i.e. those members who do not receive electronic notifications from JerseyNZ), voting has been extended FOR THOSE MEMBERS ONLY for a further week. 

The election results will be now announced on Friday 1 September.

Member Subscriptions

Members are advised that membership subscriptions for Senior and Associate members will increase effective from 1 April 2024.  All other membership subscriptions will remain at the current price.

  • Senior Memberships will increase to $250.00 incl GST
  • Associate Memberships will increase to $120.00 incl GST

Unpaid Registrations Policy

Members are advised that effective from 1 September 2023 any members who have not paid registration invoices within three months of the invoice being sent will be contacted regarding payment.  If the registrations remain unpaid one month later the animals affected will be de-registered.

Annual Conference 2024

The Conference Organising Committee are meeting next month to decide on the date and location of our 2024 Conference, watch this space!

Are you interested in helping to plan an exciting and informative Conference?  The Organising Committee are looking for more support from members for the 2024 Conference.  To find out more about joining the Committee please give Pam Goodin a call on 07 856 0731 or pgoodin@jersey.org.nz

World Wide Sires Photo Competition

Congratulations to all winners of the World Wide Sires Photo Competition for 2023.

All results and photos can be found at: https://www.jersey.org.nz/world-wide-sires-photo-competition-2023-results/

Jersey Future 2024 Team

JerseyNZ is once again on the lookout for diverse high genetic merit bull calves, aiming for a team of up to eight young bulls represented by eight different sires for 2024.
For more information, click the following link: https://www.jersey.org.nz/jersey-future/

Nominations close on 13 September 2023.  To nominate a bull, email the birth ID to info@jersey.org.nz

Registrations for 2023 Herd Book

The close of Herd Book is rapidly approaching and Karen needs your registration information ASAP in order to be able to process your registrations in time – simply call the office or email info@jersey.org.nz

After the 31st of August 2023, all 2022 born animals will be charged at the over 1 year rate.

TOP & Classification 2023

It’s not too late to apply to have your herd inspected for TOP & Classification! TOP provides accurate and unbiased comparisons of cows and sires, thus providing herd owners with easy-to-use information. When all two year olds are inspected, breeding values for these traits are fine-tuned for the individual animals, resulting in a more accurate prediction for how the animal is expected to breed the trait concerned. This is just one use of TOP traits of course!  For more information and to apply to have your herd inspected, click the following link: https://www.jersey.org.nz/top-and-classification/ 
Applications close on 31st August.

National All Breeds Youth Camp 2024

The next World Wide Sires National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp will be held in Manawatu from January 5-8, 2024. The annual youth camp is organised by Holstein Friesian NZ but is open to all young people, between the ages of 10-21*, with an interest in dairying. You don’t have to be from a farm or a member of a breed society to attend.

The camp is designed to upskill young people interested in showing and handling dairy cattle, with tutorials on clipping, judging, handling, nutrition, and showmanship.
*Young people aged 10-14 attending the camp must be accompanied by an adult and stay offsite at night.

For all enquiries, please contact Amelia Griffin on 021 411 341 or a.griffin@nzhfa.org.nz

Youth Trophies

The following Youth trophies have been reinstated and will be presented to JerseyNZ youth in the 2023-24 season and ongoing

NZJCBA Youth Camp Cup for greatest contribution

  • Presented at National All Breeds Youth Camp (HFNZ)
  • The JerseyNZ member who has made the greatest contribution
  • Selected by leaders & Judge and announced at camp
  • Presentation at the JerseyNZ Annual Conference

Yvonne’s Challenge Handling Trophy

  • Young Handler Class (Jersey section) at NZ Dairy Event
  • Open to members of JerseyNZ only
  • Jersey calf or yearling only
  • Once class for entrants up to 30 years of age as at 1 January
  • Entries will also be taken on the day
  • Trophy presentation will be made at the JerseyNZ Annual Conference

Arahina Cup – Futurity Stakes – two year old class at NZ Dairy Event Futurity class purchased through the ‘Next Generation’ Sale. 

  • Presented to the highest placed Jersey animal
  • Trophy presentation will be made at the JerseyNZ Annual Conference

Jersey Focus – November 2023

Why not get in early and book your advertising space in the November Jersey Focus! Contact Jackie at the office: jkennedy@jersey.org.nz  for rates or to book your space. Ask about our special discount and how we can promote your stud in this next issue.

Semex National On Farm Challenge

Keep an eye out for entry forms and information for this year’s Semex National On Farm Challenge which will be sent to members next month. Our judge this year is Luke Gilbert and planning will begin in early November. Members are reminded of the extra two classes for Autumn born animals. Be sure to enter this year, as there are some great prizes up for grabs from our very generous sponsors, Semex.

Obituaries Policy

Following member’s feedback on the obituaries printed in the Jersey Focus, members are reminded that obituaries will be printed where they are supplied by members.  In a new Board policy, where the obituary has not been supplied by the family, permission will be sought from the family prior to printing.  This policy will also be printed in the Obituaries section of each issue of the Jersey Focus.

Member communications

Electronic notifications are a great way to keep abreast of all our communications to you.  Where we have your e-mail address, and you have NOT previously advised us that you don’t wish to receive mail electronically, we will use this.  
There are some great benefits to using electronic notifications – you will receive notifications immediately, it saves on printing and postage expenses for the Association, and it’s better for the environment!  You can manage your requirements with a simple phone call or e-mail to the office.  Contact Karen at info@jersey.org.nz or call 07 856 0731 (9am – 4pm Monday – Friday)