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Vol. 65 No. 4 - July-August 2012


Developing and Promoting the Jersey Breed


Jersey Australia Board Members

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President: Trevor Saunders 495 Araluen Rd, Yarragon VIC 3823 Telephone: (03) 5626 6373 Vice President: Milton Johnston 118 Edinburgh Drive, Taree, NSW 2430 Telephone: (02) 6552 5915 Secretary: Scott Joynson PO Box 292, Ascot Vale, VIC 3032 Telephone: (03) 9370 9105 Hon. Treasurer: Peter Ness PO Box 93, Mt Compass, SA 5210 Telephone: (08) 8556 8270



4 Behind the Scenes 5

Jersey Australia Production Awards

8 Australia to benefit as world Jerseys surge 12 Australia’s international opportunity 16 Udderly Admin 18 100 Years of Jersey Excellence 20 Jerseys produce a fifth less carbon

Don Fry Mitchell Rd, Benger, WA Telephone: (08) 9726 9226

24 Obituary - Ed Irealand

Geoff Heazlewood PO Box 87 Latrobe TAS 7307 Telephone: (03) 6426 1169

31 Shows

Chris MacKenzie 859 Cooriemungle Rd Timboon VIC 3268 Telephone: (03)559 87222 Troy Mauger The Willows Willawa Rd Jerilderie NSW 2716 Telephone: (03) 5885 9294 Rohan Sprunt 235 Kaarimba Hall Rd Kaarimba VIC 3635 Telephone: (03)5826 9506 Lisa Broad 388 Johnson Rd Lockington VIC 3563 Telephone: (03) 5486 2624 AJBS Website:

Cover photo: Sheila Sundborg

28 Sales

ABS BC Agri-Gene 7 Almervista Jerseys 14 Alta Genetics 26 Bushlea Farms 27 Central Gippsland JBC 29 Colac JBC 25 CRV IBC Genetics Australia 23 Goulburn Murray JBC 6 Jugiong 30 Northern District JBC 17 Semex IFC Trinity Investments 22 Wallacedale Jerseys 15 WWS 11 Yandabro Jerseys 10

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QUEENSLAND State Secretary - Diane Reeves Phone: (07) 5485 4585 Work: (07) 3221 3182 Fax: (07) 5485 4575 Email: SOUTH AUSTRALIA State Secretary - Amy McDonald PO Box 13, Greenock SA 5360 Phone (08) 8562 8113 Fax (08) 8562 8520 Email: TASMANIA State Secretary - Max McCormack PO Box 1258, Devonport TAS 7310 Phone: (03) 6424 1250 Mobile: 0409 252 232 Email:

VICTORIA State Secretary - Andrew Younger 50 Zeerust School Rd, Zeerust Vic 3634 Ph: 03 5829 8352 Mob: 0409 572 484 Email: GENETIC RECOVERY OFFICERS Chris MacKenzie (Western Districts) Phone: (03) 5598 7222 Margaret Cockerell (Northern Vic) Phone: 0407 641 132 (03) 5864 1133 Barry Monson (03) 5625 3176 or 0429 343 903 WESTERN AUSTRALIA Susan Lutey Feast Rd, Serpentine WA 6125 Phone: (08) 9525 2407

Opinions expressed in The Australian Jersey Journal are not necessarily those of Jersey Australia Inc or its Board of Management or Compiling Editor, and no responsibility whatsoever is taken for their authenticity. While every effort will be made to publish advertisements as ordered, no responsibility is taken for the failure of an advertisement to appear as ordered. Jersey Journal – July/August 2012 3



by Scott Joynson

Behind the Scenes

n amazing month for the Jersey breed here in Australia, our cow hasn’t changed its just been business as usual on that count but what has changed is our perception of her value within the broader dairying industry.

South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club hosted jersey enthusiasts from all around Australia during the last week of May. The week began with the 100 years of Jersey Excellence Sale at Stony Creek racecourse which reset the benchmark for a Jersey sale in Australia with a record average $5811.

Over 160 people attended the SGJBC Centenary Luncheon, a similar number attended the Jersey Australia Industry Dinner and it was a full room for the Jersey Australia Official Dinner and award presentation evening. Guests were treated to fine presentations from Dr Jude Caper on Carbon Footprint Comparisons between Jersey’s and other major breeds, Dr Cherie Bayer on Looking to the Future for the Jersey Association and David Nation from Dairy CRC who amazed the crowd with the genomic work being done on Jerseys and pasture species here in Australia.

Farm tours throughout the week were also well attended with a full coach plus a healthy following of vehicles visiting Gelbeado Park, Morningside, Auburn Vale, Meldan and Bushlea Jersey studs. Many thanks to all these studs who allowed the great congregation stomp around the paddocks, ask hundreds of questions and all the while admiring your terrific herds. The Jersey Australia Dinner is traditionally the place where our members are recognised by their peers for the annual production awards (a full report follows) it’s great to see members go up and receive their well earned certificates and be reminded that they are doing a terrific job.

At this year’s event several other well deserved awards were presented; John ‘JR’ Rundle received a Distinguished Service Award for years of promoting Jersey’s to International buyers as well being a very active member with a large productive herd. Gordon Lawson received a Distinguished Service award for his contribution of over 16 years on Jersey Australia Victoria Committee and the SGJBC presented Mr Lawson with a Life Membership for his contribution to his local cattle club. The charismatic Don Fry from Western Australia who recently retired off the Jersey Australia Board after nearly 10 years of service was also recognised with a Distinguished Service Award.

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The final presentation was one that would not have been made if the current Jersey Australia President had been aware that his peers had nominated him to receive the breeds highest award.

As I write this I know Trevor Saunders will even now be disappointed that he was recognised with the Life Membership Award for his contribution to the Australian Jersey Breed on State and National committees since 1995. The public praise in the form of a humorous roast by former Victorian committee men Barry Monson & Peter Farrell was well received by the big crowd many of who congratulated Mr Saunders personally after the formalities.

Jersey Australia President Trevor Saunders (middle) receiving his Life Membership award, presented by Barry Monson (left) and Peter Farrell (right).

The week concluded on the 31st of May at the Wallacedale Future Fortunes Sale held on the Wallace Family Farm. Many of the members who attended the record sale earlier in the week were a little concerned pre-sale that buyers might have lighter pockets. With Russell Gammon (Semex Canada) reading pedigrees, a crowd packed to the rafters and bids from all around Australia those fears were put to rest as the sale achieved a new record single vendor average of $5512 - Congratulations!

Finally and on behalf of all those who enjoyed the week I thank all the members of the SGJBC for all the work you put in to the week, not just the organising but making all the visitors who travelled to be amongst you during your 100 years celebration feel very welcomed - a raging success that gave true meaning to the phrase “Jersey Fellowship”. For the report on the SGJBC Centenary see pages 18 and 19.

2011 Jersey Australia

Production Awards

The Jersey Australia Board of Management congratulates the members listed below on achieving outstanding herd production during the 2011 lactation. Platinum Award: >540kgs Combined Fat & Protein with a minimum of 240kgs Protein Gold Award: > 500kgs Combined Fat & Protein with a minimum of 220kgs Protein Silver Award: > 460kgs Combined Fat & Protein with a minimum of 200kgs Protein Bronze Award: > 420kgs Combined Fat & Protein with a minimum of 180kgs Protein

John ‘JR’ Rundle receives Jersey Australia Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the Jersey Breed. Board member Geoff Heazlewood spoke at length about JR’s contribution and attributed much of the recent Jersey export success to Mr Rundles efforts promoting the breed.

Name C & K Couch JR & MA Cockerell B & D Smethurst R & S Bacon B,J,R & L Smethurst Adam Richards Simon Reid DA & BL Edwards Don & Lorelle Fry AJ, MA & KE York R & J Richards J, G, & O Carson GC & RG Sprunt The Wilson Family C & N Bacon M, L, S & RJ Connell G & A Heazlewood W & R Burley   J Quin Hentschke & Schutz P & W Ness K & M Eddy T & J Campbell F Walsh   Johnston Bros Philmar Dairy Company C & J Dowel HG, JO, & A Brown J & K Sykes


Jersey Australia President Trevor Saunders presents retiring Board member Don Fry with Distinguished Service Award for his 10 years on the Jersey Australia Board representing his home state of Western Australia.

Herd 186 239 129 184 227 23 165 102 30 120 230 469 156 172 136 76 150 73   43 77 261 106 104 125   132 241 325 225 476

Milk 7568 7001 7281 7129 6941 6827 6718 5767 6810 6377 6137 6765 6303 6459 6119 6398 6227 6172   5797 5625 5652 5375 5615 5901   5558 5377 5086 5104 4911

kgsP 287 271 265 262 261 241 249 250 255 247 230 247 242 234 232 233 239 229   214 214 207 202 200 217   194 205 195 195 186

%P 3.8% 3.9% 3.6% 3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 3.7% 4.3% 3.7% 3.9% 3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 3.8% 3.7%   3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 3.7%   3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 3.8%

Jersey Australia President Trevor Saunders surprised and humbled by the presentation made by Barry Monson & Peter Farrell as he received Life Membership for his contribution to the breed since 1995.

Gordon Lawson presented with a Jersey Australia Distinguished Service Award for his 16 years service to Victorian Branch during the Jersey Australia Dinner. Board member and Victorian Branch President Chris MacKenzie presented the award and gave the audience a humorous recollection of Mr Lawson’s time on committee.

kgsF 370 344 343 336 336 344 329 319 307 312 328 310 310 306 306 290 277 281   291 285 266 263 264 283   264 249 259 257 260

%F 4.9% 4.9% 4.7% 4.7% 4.8% 5.0% 4.9% 5.5% 4.5% 4.9% 5.3% 4.6% 4.9% 4.7% 5.0% 4.5% 4.4% 4.6%   5.0% 5.1% 4.7% 4.9% 4.7% 4.8%   4.7% 4.6% 5.1% 5.0% 5.3%

Total F+P 657 615 608 598 597 585 578 569 562 559 558 557 552 540 538 523 516 510   505 499 473 465 464 500   458 454 454 452 446

Award Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold   Silver Silver Silver Silver Silver Silver   Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze Bronze

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Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club President: Grant Baker (03) 5864 6246 Secretary: Margaret Cockerell (03) 5864 1133



GLENARRON JERSEYS Ron, Glenyss & Grant Baker 14 Hutchins Lane Katunga (03) 58646246 YENOLAM JERSEYS Neil, Wendy, Dick & Lyla 1119 Boals Rd Numurkah 3636 Ph (03) 5864 1064 Fax (03) 5864 1025

FRESH START JERSEYS Toni Adams & Mark Norman Ph (03) 5865 5060 M 0427 229 505


Thankyou to Jim Parker for his efforts at the recent gmJbc field day on evaluating cows for the On Farm challenge.

The day was attended by 25 members and non-members. Delivered in a very hands-on approach the experience was well received with everyone taking something away with them.

LOXLEIGH JERSEYS Geoff Akers Victoria Rd Tallygaroopna 3634 (03) 5829 8478

WARRAIN JERSEYS John & Margaret Cockerell 1219 Rendells Rd Numurkah 3636 (03) 5864 1133

GLENFERN JERSEYS Peter & Bev Farrell 579 Healesville-Kooweerup Rd, Healesville 3777 M 0409 503 352


BEULAH JERSEYS Daryl & Lani Hoey 160 Christies Rd Katunga (03) 5864 6473 YALCARA JERSEYS Peter & Lyn Sprunt 926 Sandmount Road Katunga 3640 (03) 5873 2583

KADDY JERSEYS Andrew Younger 50 Zeerust School Rd Zeerust 3634 (03) 5829 8352 jweb/uploads/kaddy/ kaddy_intro.html

That’s why gmJbc are the most progressive Jersey club in Australia. HHH

We look forward to seeing you

WAIANIWA JERSEYS Lindsay Hamilton 1045 Hawkers Rd Nathalia 3636 (03) 5864 1380

KAARMONA JERSEYS Graeme & Robyn, Rohan & Claire Sprunt 228 & 235 Kaarimba Hall Rd Kaarimba 3635. (03) 5826 9506 HAZELVALE JERSEYS Jason Hayes M 0410 135 420

GENTEEL JERSEYS HOMELANDS JERSEYS FROGLANDS JERSEYS Brad Adams Phil Hentschke & Warren Schutz 553B Mywee/Koonoomoo Rd Ben Pedretti 142 Youanmite Rd Strathmerton 3641 51 Victoria Street Invergordon 3636 (03) 5874 5388 Tallygaroopna 3634 (03) 5865 5171 (03) 5829 8339



Richies Jace Tbone A364

The All-Round Jersey Sire the Industry Needs

Tbone Daughters Pictured at Nymans Brothers, Hilmar, CA USA

Sire: Dam:

Windy Willow Montana Jace Richies Lemvig Star M1096 - VG86 305D 30450M 5.8% 1764F 4.1% 1240P MGS: ISDK Fyn Lemvig MGD: Starlite Barbie 144D 9860M 4.6% 457F 3.4% 338P

Dtr: Sun Valley Tbone Clove - EX90

Dtr: Westwick Tbone 18422 - VG86

Elite Sexed Semen Specialist • Jace son who offers good Type, Production with positive Components. • One of the highest Type Sires on the market, with great reports on his milking daughters in Australia. • Superb Udders – No.1 Sire for Improving Teat Placement, also ranked amongst the Top 10 Sires in the USA for Type and Dairy Form. • The all-round A2/A2 Jersey sire the Industry needs, Tbone has been used heavily as an Elite Flush Sire.

Dtr: Wallacedale Tbone Melys - 88 pts @ 2yrs Champion 2 Year Old 2011 Central Gippsland OFC. Owned by Wallacedale Jerseys

• Daughters are excelling in the sale and show ring world-wide and proven to be an excellent Sire of Sons.

Agri-Gene Pty Ltd 123-125 Tone Road, Wangaratta Victoria 3677 ph: 03 5722 2666 fax: 03 5722 2777 email: website:

Dtr: Nyman Brothers Tbone 9220 - EX90

words: Michael Porteus

Australia to benefit as world Jerseys surge


n American analyst of the new surge of the world-wide Jersey says Australian breeders are well placed to join a boom which is expected to double the size of the world Jersey herd. American Jersey Cattle Association development director Dr Cherie Bayer says Australia’s Jersey breeders are forward looking, aggressive and optimistic. “Australian Jersey owners are all of the things that sit well with all of the exciting things that are happening with the Jersey cow world wide,” says Dr Bayer, who was in Australia in May to speak at the Centenary Celebration of the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club. Dr Bayer says the future of Jerseys is brighter than bright. She admits that she’s favoured Jerseys ever since she was a child, but her confident prediction about a huge new surge for the breed around the world is based on data, research, technology, economics and marketing. Her data shows Jerseys rising from 3.6 percent of the United States dairy herd in 1998 to 8.2 percent this year. Fifteen percent is expected soon. The technology includes number crunching, communications and genomics. Dr Bayer does laugh a bit as she describes a computer program that will make perfect matches for Jerseys based on samples of their DNA. But she’s not joking ­– the Jersey Mate program is now being updated for the thousands of US Jersey cows and bulls that already have genomic evaluations. Meanwhile, spreadsheet technology is helping farmers around the world analyse the data for their inputs and outputs. Dr Bayer says this will lead them to Jerseys. Similarly, analysis of data for the entire US dairy herd has identified Jerseys’ better outcomes with carbon, land and water. And then there is the market. In a trend which parallels the rise of organic foods, Dr Bayer says the Queen of Quality Jersey product identification is taking off in the US. 8 Jersey Journal – July/August 2012

One Massachusetts producer can’t keep up with the growth in demand for premium-priced 100 percent Jersey milk products which deliver better health for the environment and the consumer. Change is one of the strongest themes in Dr Bayer’s talks. But her message to Australian Jersey breeders is: “Keep on doing the great things you are doing.” “The opportunities are tremendous for those people who look at what they are, and decide to reach out and take advantage of that,” she says. “Australian Jersey owners are incredibly forward looking – they are aggressive and optimistic. They are well placed to be part of all of the exciting things that are happening with the Jersey cow world wide.” Dr Bayer says Australian breeders should keep on progressing their breeding programs with Jersey Australia. “Get behind your association because it is doing great things for you,” she says. Dr Bayer grew up in Kansas where she started her own dairy herd at the age of 10. She studied dairy science at the Kansas State University, and began work with the American Jersey Cattle Association in 1978. She began post-graduate studies at Ohio State University in the late 80s, and then taught at Indiana University. She became the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) Director of Development in 2002. She says her academic work has reinforced her view that Jerseys are the best. “Once you own a Jersey, once you work with a Jersey, I truly think that you don’t go backwards,” she says.

“As one of our directors says, once you have a colour TV, you are not going to go back to black and white.” Dr Bayer says American Jerseys were not always as productive as they are today, but they always had the capacity to respond to good care and be competitive with Holsteins on an energy-corrected milk basis. However, she says Jerseys have improved so much over the past 35 years that they now have no equal in terms of feed conversion. And Jerseys are about to get a whole lot better. Dr Bayer says the development and implementation of genomics is an exciting dynamic that is totally changing the way breeders look at the genetic merit of young animals. The AJCA expects multiple returns on its $250,000 investment in genomics. US Jersey breeders have since 2009 used gPTAs – measures of predicted transmitting ability which use genomic data. All active progeny-proven bulls now have genomic information in their evaluation. Seventeen thousand female Jerseys have been genotyped and evaluated through the AJCA. The Jersey Mate computer program is being enhanced to use these genomics to recommend matches based on SNPs – single nucleotide polymorphisms, pronounced “snips”. “We’ll have the bull SNPs, and we’ll have cow or heifer SNPs,” Dr Bayer says. “This program will find the best mating for the next generation based on DNAlevel information.” She expects this will help Australian breeders who use US semen. But it’s a two-way street where Australian genetics will also help Americans. “The ultimate goal of the American Jersey Cattle Association and of Jersey

“Australian Jersey owners are incredibly forward looking – they are aggressive and optimistic. They are well placed to be part of all of the exciting things that are happening with the Jersey cow world wide.”

Australia is to serve the breed,” she says. “At the end of the day, that means positively affecting the profitability of the Jersey cow owners. “As we go down the road, the best genetics in the world are going to be discovered by genotyping. “It may not happen immediately because the tool is still in development. “But there may be genetics in Australia that will be identified by genotyping that will come back to the United States and help us improve the cow there. That’s really exciting to us. “The world is flat now because of the internet, because of the ease of sharing data and things like this. “And that’s only going to continue as we go down the road. “We’re going to utilise all the technologies to better serve the breed.” Dr Bayer says genomics could link Australian research on feed efficiency with American data on reducing environmental impact. “That’s a natural extension of this work, making it even more precise on the bloodline level,” she says. “That gives an opportunity for selecting for improved feed efficiency by the bulls that we use to sire the next generation.” Dr Bayer says the findings of all the AJCA’s projects point to the role of genetics in Jerseys’ production of more milk fat and protein, the most valuable components of milk. “Those genetics are coming to the forefront at exactly the right time to meet the need of a very hungry world with

Dr Cherie Bayer, American Jersey Cattle Association development director.

finite resources of land, water, feed and fossil fuels,” she says. “The Jersey cow is exactly positioned to become a leading provider of dairy products for human beings world wide.” Dr Bayer says the projection that Jerseys will soon be 15 percent of the US dairy herd may be a conservative estimate. She also expects a near doubling in the size of the world-wide Jersey herd. She says dairy farmers have known resources of land, feed and rain, and a fuel budget, and will look for the most efficient way to convert these into saleable products. If they run these through a spreadsheet and make analytical decisions about the genetics they put into their herds, “that’s going to lead them to Jerseys”.

Dr Bayer follows the chain from farmers seeking efficiency to processors seeking to lower their carbon footprint and advertise Jerseys’ environmental advantages, to customers who want higher quality products with health advantages. She says the Queen of Quality pure Jersey milk product identification which started in 2008 is now experiencing accelerating growth. “There’s just flat out more nutrition in Jersey milk compared to the market average,” Dr Bayer says. “Those nutritional advantages include more protein, more energy, and higher levels of calcium and phosphorus. “Producers and processors can use that as a way to sell its added value to the customers.” n

Australian cow family’s feature heavily at CRV Australia In 2007 CRV Australia acquired and sampled our first Australian Jersey Sire, Wallacedale Violets Refute. Since then our confidence in Australian Jerseys has been bolstered by his release as a proven sire in 2012, ranking No. 10 APR Sire in April 2012. However in recent years CRV Australia has accelerated our acquisition of Australian cow family’s, to build and develop a truly Australian breeding program seeking of the very best we have on offer. We feel quite strongly that Australian Genetics can compete competitively in the Global Grazing Market. Our Global Breeding Strategy has allowed us to invest in some of Australia’s elite cow family’s, and presently several of CRV Australia’s Jersey sires are currently being sampled in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, giving the CRV Australia program exceptional international exposure. With the much anticipated Australian Jersey Genomics close to realisation, we are excited with our current Australian acquisitions. Our stars of the future, offer tremendous diversification, High APR, outstanding production and excellent overall type scores. CRV Australia is confident that these following sires will become superior breed sires:

BOSGREGSTAR – This high type ‘Valerian’ x EXC 90 Konui’ hits the scene with much excitement. GREGSTAR offers outstanding production characteristics, huge components, high type with larger frames and outstanding management traits. GREGSTAR hails from an exciting new cow family bred at the Glennen & Co herd of Noorat, Victoria VIPOR – Is another outstanding ‘Valerian’ son from the highly successful Sandra family, bred by Noel Furze in Northern Victoria. This Valerian x Flower Power cross has combined exceptionally, production, health traits & outstanding udders. BOSSPARTAN – This Super Type ‘Bartpower’ son, from a VHC 90 Mannix bred by Byron & Debbie Smethurst of Western Victoria. This Super Type Sire offers plenty of diversity for the Jersey enthusiast, lovely production and excellent type throughout. If you are as proud of your Australian Jersey Breeders as we are, and are excited about the future of your breed, please join us in continually sampling superior Australian Jersey Genetics. For more information on these or other CRV Australia products visit or contact our office on 03 9335 3499

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Supreme Champion Cow and Udder, Gympie Show 2012 Reserve Champion Cow Gympie Show 2011 Reserve Champion Cow Brisbane 2010 Muriel purchased from Chad and Carita Parker for $7500 at the Money 4 Milk Sale the night before Judging. We would like to thank Chad and Carita for the opportunity to be able to purchase such a quality animal.

Yandabro JerseYs

Lance Grevett – tel: 07 5472 7097 65 Ninderry Road, Bridges QLd 4561

Housed at Yandavale Jerseys - 331 Eumundi - Kenilworth Road, Eerwah Vale, QLD 4562

Dam: D&E Paramount Violet, EX 90

Dam: Buttercrest Jevon Galveston, VG 87

Dam: Pearlmont Restore Dixie, VG 87

Dam: Jars of Clay Iatola 16710 2751

words: Dianna Malcolm

Australia’s international opportunity


ife has never been more interesting for the Jersey breed and Australia has a major role to play in its global revolution, according to Semex’s Jersey programme manager Russell Gammon. Russell, who is based in Guelph, Canada, recently toured Australia searching for brood cows and potential young sires with pedigree diversity in a world thirsty for fresh Jersey bloodlines. In the United States alone semen sales have lifted from 600,000 doses in the latter part of the 1990s to 2.2 million domestically in 2011. Russell said those numbers are projected to approach three million in “fairly short order”, encouraged by US milk payments which now have a greater emphasis on fat and protein. He said the US is today the major international driver for the breed, and within that is opportunity for Australia. The US wave of excitement echoes Canadian growth and popularity. When Russell left his role as Jersey Canada’s executive secretary last year after three decades he had helped facilitate a 96% lift in the number of milkrecorded herds containing Jersey cows and Canadian Jersey memberships in the last two years of his reign were the highest since 1966. “One of my first assignments with Semex was to write the Jersey section of its corporate strategic plan (which had never before been included) so it was a very powerful statement about Semex’s commitment to the Jersey breed,” Russell said. “While Jersey sales are not the biggest portion of Semex’s business, they are the fastest growing part of the business.”

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Russell Gammon.

Russell, who is also the former vicepresident of the World Jersey Bureau (2002-08) and the former president of the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association, knew the breed’s success would also include a day of reckoning. One of the challenges for everyone in 2012 is the threat of a commonality of international pedigrees – and that is where Australia’s chance lies. “We [Semex] are absolutely as aggressive as anybody else in the hunt for exceptional sires to take the breed forward which is why in the first four months of this year we genotyped as many Jersey bulls as we did in all of 2011.” Russell has long carried a deep respect for Australia’s Jersey and he is convinced there are more bulls within Australia’s population that offer genetic diversity like Broadlin Hatman,

who was bred by Lynton and Lisa Broad, at Lockington, Victoria. “We are focussed on the US market and bulls that can compete in that marketplace,” Russell said. “We have a tremendous openness to working with Australian breeders to genotype Australian cows or interesting bull calves. They need a point of difference – they will probably have some index; a strong cow family behind them and be a good individual themselves. We have turned up the heat because we believe Australia definitely has something to offer. “Australia is easily our lead source [outside of Canada and the US] and while there are a lot of the same genetics between all three populations there will also be different genetics that are influenced, but perhaps not dominated by the same bulls.

“The strength of Australian cow families is a real selling point for us. They have different family lines and enough production to impress US producers.” Russell said Hatman was a perfect example. “North American producers look down the list of sires wanting something different and when they got to Hatman, they said: ‘finally something that’s different. That’s exciting and that’s what we’re looking for’.”

Russell was interested to note record-breaking Jersey news while he was in the country – attending the two record-breaking (for average) sales in Victoria within three days of one another. He believes the results carry a message. The first was at the Devondale 100 Years of Jersey Excellence sale in South Gippsland. Held at the Stony Creek Raceway, the sale averaged $5611, and notably the top lot was sold to the man who has co-owned and prepared

“The strength of Australian cow families is a real selling point for us. They have different family lines and enough production to impress US producers.” – Russell Gammon.

Another recent Australian example was Semex’s purchase of young sire Almervista Bob. He is bred by Almervista Jerseys’ York family from Longwarry in Gippsland, Victoria. “He is a TBone son out of a Navara dam and behind that there is a cow family that is somewhat different,” Russell said. We do think that some of the bulls in their total pedigree may be an outcross to the North American population because of their maternal pedigrees and that is something that Australian brings to the table that allows Semex to be different in other countries.” He urges anyone with potential animals to approach Semex’s Tyson Shea so cows or bull calves can potentially be identified and genotyped. He said Semex was happy to help producers work through the process. He assured breeders than North American semen is getting to Australia quickly, enough to allow breeders Down Under to be competitive in the international young sire race. “We send semen every month to Australia and we have the most seamless and busy international export trade of any company. If we want Australia to offer top genetics we have got to work with people and make sure they have the right access to new semen. And that’s what we do.”

two International Dairy Week Holstein cows, Matt Templeton. The Tasmanian-based cattle fitter paid $16,500 for a Semex-sired Blackstone daughter, Prom View Jenny 170, which was offered by Ross and Jenny Richards. Days later Russell was at the Wallacedale sale, which set a new

record average of $5512, for its Poowong North breeders Cliff, Marieka, Luke and Melanie Wallace. “There is something going on here in this breed,” Russell said. “To have two record sale averages being set in the same week, with the previous sale record so recently broken at International Dairy Week in January, is incredible. When records are being set in January and broken [twice] in May with Holstein people buying top lots ... something is going on.” “This is big stuff. Having the opportunity to be at both of those sales was wild and it makes us even more excited to be working with the Australian side of things. “We’re open for business and we’re listening to the Australian population. We’ll work with breeders to test animals if they have a strong pedigree. We can serve as a launch pad for Australian genetics on a global scale. “There’s a synergy there to help each other reach our goals. I believe a group of seven daughters of Region averaged $6800 in the Wallacedale sale. There is obviously a lot of interest in our product. Let’s get at it Australia.” n

Semex not abandoning its core business S

emex has not forgotten the part of its business that remains one of its strongest calling cards – balanced breeding. Its Jersey programme manager Russell Gammon assured Australian producers during his recent visit Down Under that the company remained vitally interested in all corners of the market, but that growth and change was inevitable. “We have not forgotten that high type part of our programme, but we have changed our focus slightly. We are just as focussed on the farming operations where the absolute lion’s share of revenue comes from the milk cheque, not from breeding stock sales. “So, rather than concentrating on creating an animal that is largely for the purpose of being a show cow, we’d rather see show cows come naturally out of the commercial side of our programme,” he said. “What we’re saying is that if Australian producers have been looking to others for extreme production genetics, well ... Semex is also doing that and our goal is to do it better than anybody else. “We do have some wonderful bulls for the milk-focussed operations that breed healthy cows with great production and we’re not forgetting milk solids.” Jersey Journal – July/August 2012 13

Production? Jersey Australia Platinum Certificate Award - 2011 Herd Average - 6,377 litres, 247 kgs Protein (3.9%) & 312 kgs Fat (4.9%) Top Mature Cow: ALMERVISTA MANHAT IRELAND 3 EXC (90) - 7,974 litres, 347 kgs Protein & 429 kgs Fat Top Three Year Old: ALMERVISTA BROOKBI BELLE EXC (90) - 7,210 litres, 275 kgs Protein & 354 kgs Fat Top Two Year Old: ALMERVISTA IATOLA JESSIE (85)@2yo - 7,620 litres, 259 kgs Protein & 336 kgs Fat


Great Southern Challenge Entries? ALMERVISTA GUS VIVA EXC (92) - 2011 & 2010 ALMERVISTA TARANAK SHIRLEY EXC (91) - 2009

Bulls in AI? Returned to Active Service CSCHARRISON - Almervista Harrison - P Awaiting Proof at ALTA ALMERBOND - TBONE x ALMERVISTA NAVARA BELLIS VHC (91) Recently Contracted by SEMEX ALMERVISTA BOB - TBONE x ALMERVISTA NAVARA BELLIS VHC (91)

We Measure It By Satisfied Purchasers: ALMERVISTA BROOKBI BELLIS EXC (91) - Wallacedale Jerseys ALMERVISTA BADGER IMPISH 3 (87)@2yo - Araluen Park Jerseys ALMERVISTA VAN GINGER (87)@2yo - Broadlin Jerseys To name a few in recent times.

The Final Opportunity to Add Your Name Almervista Jerseys - Herd Dispersal - On Farm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 Almervista Jerseys - AJ, MA & KE York

355 Old Drouin Road Longwarry Mobile: 0417 015 853 - E-mail:

Design: Sharon Clark / Photo: Dean Malcolm

2012 Jersey Australia NSW AGM


Program of Events Thursday 26th July 9:30 AM AGM Meeting to be held at Best Western Balan Village Motel, Bomaderry via Nowra At the conclusion of meeting - Herd tour to Shirlinn Jerseys at Jamberoo Lunch at Shimmer Restaurant at Gerringong - Herd Tour to Menzies Farms – Rivendell Jerseys - Herd/Farm to Hurne & Russell - Farm tour to see the robots at John & Andrea Henrys

by Cassandra Lowes, Office Co ordinator


elcome to my first Jersey Journal write up where I’ll be doing my best to keep you updated on what’s happening here in the office.

First of all, I would like to say how wonderful it was to meet you all at the Centenary of the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club Celebrations. You all gave me a warm welcome and when I got into the office I had a much better understanding of Jersey’s and your farms, thank you! It really was an experience for me to go to my first sale that hit record prices, I feel very fortunate to have witnessed it. Also, just a quick thank you for the handy tips on what not to do during the auction. I somehow think a Jersey wouldn’t have been very happy in a suburban backyard.

The girls and I are right now processing classifications, exports, registrations, DNA results whilst taking care of some back log, so I believe I might just graduate from novice to expert in no time. Your patience with me while I learn the ropes is much appreciated and you can expect a bit of a more in depth update on the office next time.

JERSEY AUSTRALIA FEES - AS AT APRIL 2012 REGISTRATION FEES 0 - 3 Months Male or Female 3 - 6 Months Male or Female 6 Months + Male or Female Associate Members (5 registrations per year) Telephone Emergency Registrations Surcharge Bulls Born after July 1st 2007 - Dam must be classified. Bulls Born to a GR cow cannot be registered GENETIC RECOVERY Live animals (1st Year) Dead Animals Jersey Marketing Service Discount Registration Fees 0 - 3 Months Male or Female CGU Farmpak Insurance + $500 Semen purchase 0 - 3 Months Male or Female $2000 Semen purchase TRANSFER CHARGES Within Family Within Syndicate Under $1000

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Total $12.10 each $14.30 each $18.70 each $18.70 each $55.00 Total $7.70 each No Charge

$11.00 each $11.00 each No Charge No Charge $16.50

7:00 PM NSW Presentation Dinner with Guest Speaker at the Bomaderry Bowling Club Friday 27th July Cedar Valley Jersey Second Stage Dispersal on property at Gerringong Bookings for dinner are required by Monday July 23rd, Please contact Brad Gavenlock 0437 299 205 -


Udderly Admin

Scholarship Judging at Balan Village Motel, Bomaderry via Nowra (participants to be advised of time late afternoon)

2012 Dairy Express Jersey Travel Award Applications are NOW OPEN and close on July 20th 2012. Visit for information

Adelaide Dairy Show, September 7-15 Visit Entries are NOW OPEN

Melbourne Dairy Show 16-18 September 2012 Dairy Youth Classic Monday 17th including Heifer Classes and Handler Classes. Entries are NOW OPEN Visit

$1000-$1999 $22.00 $2000-$2999 $33.00 $3000+ 2% of the Sale price Bulls to AI Companies $38.50 Replacement Pedigree Certificates Incorrect Information reprint No Charge Whole Herd (per animal) $1.10 Individual Animal $2.75 AI Company $5.50 MEMBERSHIP Family $220.00 Full or Syndicate $198.00 Junior $88.00 Associate $99.00 Jersey Journal Subscriber (Aus & OS) $71.50 CLASSIFICATION Herd Visit fee $44.00 Adult Cows $12.10 per head Animals resubmitted $12.10 per head 2 year olds (all) $ 7.70 per head 2 year olds (selected) $12.10 per head

Balingen Park Jerseys


“Little Cows - Big Attitude”! Kieron & Melissa Eddy 685 Hooper Road, Tatura, 3616 Ph: 0427 061 705

Lynton and Lisa, Toni, Gavin and Cassie Broad


Jimann Jerseys

Charles & Carolyn Smith 80 Rathbone Road, St Germains 3620 Ph: 03 5826 0325

Brookbora Jerseys Robert and Sandra Bacon Tennyson Vic 3572 03 5488 2323 - 0429 333 119

Bercar Jersey Stud

388 Johnson Road, LOCKINGTON 3563 03 5486 2624 - 0427 862 624

Trevor & Julie Campbell 286 Lowe Rd Rochester 3561 PH: (03) 5484 1624

Dalbora Genetics Robert & Sandra Bacon Daryl & Maria Collins

Tennyson Vic 3572 0427 882 227 - 0429 333 119

Bernie and Carol McManus 252 Bamawm Rd Bamawm. 3561 Ph: 03 5483 2245 e-mail

SUNSHINE FARM JERSEYS N R & J M McDonald 715 Andrews Rd Kyabram 3620 Ph: 03 5855 2516 - 0428 992 450

LincoLndeLL Jerseys Ron and Val Read & Family 167 Panoo Road Lockington 3563

Utopia Jerseys


Gordon & Lyn Emmett 12 Curr Road, Stanhope Ph: 03 5857 2629 .....breeding since 1930

Craigielea Jerseys

Bill, Kaye and Andrew Cochrane 836 Hansen Rd, Bamawm, 3561

Ph: 03 5486 5474

Gailee Jerseys Norm & Dawn Stone 489 Hill Rd Stanhope Ph: 03 5857 2399

JUGIONG JERSEYS Rockleigh Park Nicholson Family Curr Rd Girgarre 3624 Ph/fax 03 5854 6393 Pat 03 5854 6513


Stewart Mancer 2/1 Moama Court, Moama Ph: 0429 882 201

Jared & Courtney Ireland 53 Hewlett Lane, Lockington. Ph: 03 5486 2694

Silhouette Jerseys Richard & Ann Worboys Echuca Mitiamo Rd • Kotta Ph: 03 5483 7500

Sybilgrove & Summer Spirit Jerseys Collins Family 202 McColl Road, Ballendella 3561 Ph/Fax: 03 5486 5393

Benlock Jersey Stud Bryan & Lee Rushton 79 Brooks Rd Rochester 3861 Ph: 03 5484 1551

WINDY WAYS JERSEYS Frank Walsh 41 A Finlay Road, Tongala VIC 3621 Ph: 03 5859 0532 Mobile: 0418 576 856 Email:

NortherN District Jersey BreeDers cluB

Presdient: Bill Cochrane 03 5486 5474 Secretary: Lisa Broad 03 5486 2624


100 Years of Jersey Excellence The South Gippsland Jersey Club Centenary celebrations are now complete. More than 150 guests travelled from both interstate and overseas to join in a very successful and entertaining three days for the Club and the Jersey Breed. The 100 Years Celebration Luncheon was a memorable success and a great emotional tribute to the Club over the past 100 years. Special guests included Anne Garratt, daughter of founding member Arthur Mesley, his granddaughter Lee Ewing and Mrs. Eleanor Scott (98 years young), wife of the late Frank Scott who served as President from 1952-53 and 1957-58 who also cut our beautiful cake which was kindly donated by the Dowel family in memory of Alys Dowel, a dedicated Life Member of our Club. Also present were Glen and Barbara Miller. Glen is a grandson of D.C. Miller, President in 1924, and Barbara is daughter of Queenie and Ron McKean, sister to Evelyn Paterson all Life Members of our Club. Margaret Jerram and Gwen Macqueen granddaughters of founding President George Rowe also shared the celebrations with us.

MC for the event and club president, Keith Kuhne, spoke on "Accepting Change" and enlightened the crowd about the early days of the club, including its first sale in October of 1924, where one percent of the sales benefitted the club. Keith made reference to Alys Dowel, her passion for our breed and her hard work in compiling the first 75 years history of our Club. He said “the book, ‘100 Years of Jersey History 1912-2012’ completes Alys’s vision of a 100 years history”. She could not share the day with us but her family were well represented and she would be very proud that this task has been completed. The publication of the book was made possible by the generosity of Central Sires’ Ian Anderson, who spoke a few words of congratulations to the Club. Various toasts were made throughout the luncheon, including the following – Our Fore-Fathers. We recognise the fore-sight, vision and hard work by many members of our Club over the last 100 years. We thank them for all they did, for the lasting legacies that they have left for us to follow and for their love of the Jersey Cow.

Keith Kuhne presents Gordon Lawson with Life Membership of the South Gippsland Jersey Breeders Club during the 100 year Celebration Luncheon.

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Jenny Dowel (SGJBC 100 year History Booklet: co-ordinator and writer) cutting the ribbon of the Clubs History Booklet at the Club Birthday Luncheon & book launch.

The Jersey Cow. As I look around the room I see we are all different, different shapes, sizes, ages, live in different areas. We all have our own fears, views, goals and opinions. Our farms and herd sizes and family situations are not the same. The beliefs, hopes and dreams vary from person to person. But one thing unites

Life membership awarded to Gordon Lawson

Gordon Lawson was presented with Life Membership in recognition of many years of service to our Club. Gordon has been part of the Jersey club ‘virtually all his life’ according to president Keith Kuhne. He was described as a dedicated Jersey farmer and a unique person, sharing a number of humourous stories about his time in the club. Gordon was president of the club from 1990-92 and again in 2004-08, and also secretary of the club in 1992. Gordon, who ran his stud Kooroo in Leongatha before retiring, said it was a surprise to receive the award. “I believe you get out of a club what you put in,” he said. “I’ve met Jersey farmers from all over the world and during my travels within Australia. It’s a tremendous club to be involved in.”


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