From the Executive Secretary's Desk
The fall meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Boards of Directors were held November 3 and 4, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport, Louisville, Ky. Actions are summarized below.
Finances and 2017 Budget. Financial statements for the AJCA and National All-Jersey Inc. and Subsidiary, All-Jersey Sales Corporation (Jersey Marketing Service) were reviewed. Through nine months, the AJCA reported revenues of $3,069,397 and expenditures of $3,008,671. NAJ reported revenues of $686,883 versus expenditures of $595,451. JMS revenues were $250,571; expenditures were $278,384. Net income through September 30 for all organizations was $101,345.
Budgets for 2017 were approved. Total AJCA revenues for 2017 are budgeted at $4,068,281 against expenditures of $4,068,220. The AJCA budget was based on 122,000 registrations, 23,500 transfers, 168,500 cows enrolled on all performance programs (161,000 on REAP), 385,000 JerseyTags units, 14,850 genomic tests, and 453 pages of paid advertising in Jersey Journal. The budget also includes an increase of $1,500 in cash awards presented for the top ten placing in the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest starting in 2017.
The budget for National All-Jersey Inc. was based upon 1,068 Equity investors and JMS sale management revenue totaling $421,000. Budgeted revenues for NAJ-AJSC combined were $1,354,700, with budgeted expenditures of $1,305,721.
Market values of investments at September 30 were: Building Fund, $1,206,443; Investment Trust, $831,494; Scholarship and other awards funds, $657,688; Jersey Youth Academy, $497,792; and AJCC Research Foundation, $2,080,288.
The Investment Advisory Committee met with investment managers on November 7 to review status of current portfolios and determine investment strategies for the coming year.
Fee Adjustments. Effective January 1, shipping/handling fees for JerseyTags will change from a single flat rate for all orders to tier pricing based on the number of tags ordered: 1-99 tags, $16.00; 100-249 tags, $20.00; 250-500 tags, $25.00; orders of 501 or more tags, $30.00.
Also effective January 1, performance program herds (TPE or REAP) that request printed and mailed copies of the Jersey Genetic Summary (Green and Gold Books, issued April, August and December) will be charged $20 per year to cover postage costs. Herds will be invoiced one time per year, each April. For herds that enroll after April 30 and request print copies, the postage bill will be prorated and invoiced during the month the first Green Book of the calendar year is mailed.
In a conference call on September 16, 2016, the AJCA Board of Directors voted to implement a JX prefix for all animals recorded by the American Jersey Cattle Association that have one or more ancestors of another breed within six (6) generations, leaving the Generation Count suffix in place. The prefix will be dropped after six (6) generations. Implementation was completed February 4, 2017.
The Board was updated on programming to implement the JX prefix in the animal database and on AJCA documents at its meeting November 4-5 in Louisville, Ky. Target implementation is prior to deadlines established by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) for the April 2017 full genetic evaluations.
Jersey-Cross Index. Also during the September 16 conference call, the Board approved the concept of developing and publishing a separate multi-trait performance index for animals recorded as Jersey-cross. The Board received a progress report at its November meeting, and recommended continued development of a Jersey-Cross Performance Index (JXPI) with application as follows:
Target for implementation is in conjunction with the April CDCB genetic evaluations.
Breed Improvement. Genetic evaluations for two new type traits, Rear Teat Placement-Rear View and Rear Teat Placement-Side View, will be introduced in the December CDCB official evaluations. These traits along with Cow Livability (released in August) will be added to Green Book reports.
Changes to the Net Merit index that are under consideration by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding were reviewed. These include updates to economic values, the addition of Cow Livability (LIV) and Body Weight Composite. If approved by CDCB, implementation is anticipated for April, 2017.
Visual-only 840 Tags. Early in 2017, visual-only tags using the 840 identification system will be available in the JerseyTags offering at a lower cost compared to 840 tags with the embedded RFID chip. The largest, Maxi tag will have one less line available for custom printing compared to American ID tags.
IT Programming. The Board received updates on work to implement online credit card processing; programming to revamp online registrations and transfers; and implementation of JerseyLink for DairyComp 305 and status of expanding JerseyLink to other herd management software providers.
Ideal Jersey Portrait. An Artist’s Call with detailed specifications for a new ideal Jersey cow portrait will be issued by December 1, with artists’ submissions to be received by February 1. A Portrait Committee appointed by the President will make recommendations to the Board on artist selection and advise the selected artist through completion of the project expected in early 2018.
Regional and National Shows. Allocations for 2017 were approved as follows:
This financial support is contingent upon adoption and enforcement of the PDCA Show Ring Code of Ethics by show management, with all cows subject to ultrasound and milk sample testing.
Appointments. Associate chairs for the 2017 All American planning committees are Mark Gardner, Dayton, Penna., sale; Stacy Dohle, Half Way, Mo., open show; Shelley Haley and Betty Thompson, Chandler, Okla., National Jersey Jug Futurity; and Calvin Graber, Parker, S.D., junior activities.
National All-Jersey Inc.
Directors of National All-Jersey Inc. received updates on efforts to expand multiple component pricing to southeastern Federal Orders 5 and 7 and also national legislative issues.
Additional company objectives for 2017 include monitoring and responding to progress of the proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order; being engaged in dairy industry proposals and discussions leading up to the 2018 Farm Bill; and continuing work to raise the national minimum nonfat solids standards for fluid milk to meet existing California levels. The complete list of 2017 objectives is posted under the NAJ section of the USJersey website.
Jersey Marketing Service reported domestic and export marketing activity through October 15 of $6,494,897 on 3,929 lots of live animals and embryos. This included 1,872 live animals sold at public auction, averaging $1,743, and private treaty sales of 1,970 head, averaging $1,595.
Deadlines and Next Meetings. January 15 is the deadline to submit nominations for Master Breeder and Distinguished Service awards, AJCA-NAJ Award for Meritorious Service, and Young Jersey Breeder Award. State association nominations for the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest are due March 1.
The AJCA Board of Directors will meet March 10 and 11, 2017 at the Embassy Suites-Airport, Columbus, Ohio. The NAJ Board will meet March 9 and 10 at the same location. Planning committee meetings for The 65th All American Jersey Shows and Sales will be March 11.
Deadlines for President and Director nomination petitions to be filed with the Executive Secretary are April 20 for AJCA (65 days prior to the Annual Meeting), and April 24 for NAJ (60 days prior).