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North American Region Vice-President’s Report - 2013


Kathryn Kyle reporting

 2012 was a very busy, eventful and promising year for Jersey Canada.  A total of 9,000 Jerseys were registered in 2012, which is the highest number of registrations since 1967.

 We continue to hear of many studies relating to the sustainability of Jerseys and their products.  Cheese made from 100% Jersey milk results in 32% less water consumption, 11% less total land usage, and a 20% lower carbon footprint.  Jersey manure consists of 55% less P2O5 than larger breed dairy cows, which is a significant advantage where nutrient management plans come into play.  The Canadian consumer is increasingly conscious of environmental impact when buying groceries, therefore effective marketing of our breed will lead to even greater demand for 100% Jersey milk products.

 Marketing the Jersey breed is a very important aspect of Jersey Canada’s mandate.  But what is sometimes overlooked is that our chief responsibility as a National Breed Association is to maintain the Canadian herdbook and to ensure that our constitution protects what we value the Canadian Jersey to be:  a cow with exceptional functional conformation and outstanding yields for solids; a cow which breeds true to this image consistently across the country!

 The Jersey Canada Board of Directors has been working closely with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to bring our national herdbook back in line with the Animal Pedigree Act.  The Minister of Agriculture has approved a method for amending Jersey registrations in the least disruptive manner possible, and in a way which will ensure the highest integrity of the Canadian Jersey registry.  For any foreign bulls registered between 1995 and 2012, and confirmed to be at least 93.75% (15/16), verified to be free of genetic markers of another breed, and whose resulting progeny are characteristic of the Jersey breed, will be “grandfathered-in” as equivalent to 100% and the makeup of all descendants will remain the same.  Any foreign bulls registered during this period which fail one or more of the criteria will be uniquely marked in the registry and their descendants genetic makeup will be adjusted accordingly. 

 Any animals added to the Jersey Canada herdbook after 2012 will be subject to the rules of eligibility for registration as presented to the membership during the 2012 Annual General Meeting and given ministerial approval effective August 27, 2012.


 On December 27, 2012, The American Jersey Cattle Association announced that for the first time in history, it had recorded 100,000 animals in a single year.

 “This is a milestone for not only the association and its members, but also for the Jersey breed worldwide,” said Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer.

 “The smaller, more efficient Jersey cow is the solution to the challenges of profitability and sustainability confronting dairy herd owners, no matter how small or large their operations are,” he said. “Jerseys produce the most valuable components of milkundefinedproteins and fatundefinedwith less feed, using less energy, water and land, and with a smaller total carbon footprint.

 That was but one of many all-time records set during the year.

 The official Jersey lactation average increased to 18,995 lbs. milk, 903 lbs. fat, and 691 lbs. protein. On a Cheddar cheese equivalent basis, average yield was 2,345 pounds. All break the previous records set in 2011. A total of 100,211 lactations were processed by the association in 2012, an increase of 10% over the previous year.

 The AJCA also reported new records for its core herd improvement services.

 2012 ended with 149,371 cows enrolled in performance evaluation programsundefineda gain of 11,456 cows over the 2011 all-time record. REAP enrollment grew to 145,480 cows (up 12,565 from 2011) in 930 herds (a gain of 23 from the previous year).

 REAP is the association’s flagship program, a comprehensive service package that includes registration, Equity milk marketing support, type appraisal, and performance testing.

 A new record was reported for the functional type traits program, with 95,944 cows evaluated. 2012 was the second consecutive year that more than 94,000 cows were evaluated, and the fifth consecutive year over 80,000 scored.

 2012 capped a decade of dramatic Jersey breed growth and improvement:


  • A 49% increase in animals identified;
  • A 52% increase in performance program enrollments;
  • A 57% increase in REAP cow enrollments; and
  • A 43% increase in cows scored in the Jersey type appraisal program.


For the A.I. breeding industry, the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) reported that its member companies handled 4,090,339 units of Jersey semen in 2012, setting new records for domestic and export sales and market share.


  • Domestic Jersey semen sales increased to 2,532,855 units, 13.7% higher than 2011 and the greatest year-over-year gain of the past decade, excepting the 2010 economic recovery year. That includes 2,478,636 units produced by NAAB members, a gain of 14.9% from 2011. The balance was Jersey semen sourced from other countries and sold in the U.S.
  • 1,267,697 doses were exported, an increase of 11.2%.
  • Jersey market shares are now 10.8% domestic (up from 9.7%) and 7.6% export (up by 0.3%).
  • For the decade ending December 31, 2012, combined Jersey semen sales have increased by 2,465,229 units, or 152%.


Based on current estimates, there are at least 1.55 million purebred Jersey females in the United States at January 2013: 850,000 cows (9.25% of the U.S. all-cow population), and another 705,500 replacements, based on a heifer:cow ratio of 0.83:1.

Respectfully submitted

Dr Cherie Bayer

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