The winter meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Boards of Directors were held March 9-11, 2017 at the Embassy Suites–Airport, Columbus, Ohio. Actions taken are summarized.
Unaudited financial reports through December 31, 2016 were reviewed, showing:
The AJCA Board of Directors authorized appropriation of $25,000 from 2016 AJCA net income to research and development designated net assets. The NAJ Board authorized appropriation of $100,000 from 2016 NAJ net income to research and development designated net assets.
The 2016 investment summary and unaudited Research, Scholarship and Special Funds summary were approved. Market value of all investments at December 31 was $5,330,074.
Financial statements through January 31, 2017 were approved, reporting net income for all companies of $301,155. Registrations, transfers, and orders for JerseyTags and genomic testing through February 28 all show year-over-year gains from 2016.
Updates to Jersey Performance IndexTM were approved, adding new traits to the index and adjusting weights for previously included traits. The revised JPI2017 will be implemented with the April 2017 genetic evaluations.
BBR for Generation Count Bulls
Minimum Breed Base Representation (BBR) for recording Generation Count bulls (3 through 6) was increased to 87. Bulls and both parents must be genotyped.
Ultra Low-Density Genotyping
In January, AJCA genomic service provider GeneSeek upgraded the low density (LD) chip from 29K to 45K with no price increase. An ultra low density 9K chip (uLD) is also now available for $30.00 per sample for REAP herds and $40.00 for others. Reliability of genomic evaluations using the uLD chip should be nearly the same as the upgraded LD chip, provided both parents are genotyped. If only sire and maternal grandsire are genotyped, reliability will be approximately 2% lower. The uLD chip includes breed-specific SNPs for Jersey Haplotype 1 (JH1), but employs haplotypes to determine JH2 and polled status, with those results that may vary compared to other chips.
The All American Show & Sale
Recommendations of The All American Show & Sale planning committees were reviewed and approved. In additional action, the Board adopted policy to not allow bidder-buyer incentives from consignors for the Pot O’Gold Sale.
2017 Research Grants
The AJCC Research Foundation received eight proposals for 2017 competitive grant awards. Projects selected for funding were:
A. H. Laarman (University of Idaho), Effect of supplemental butyrate on colostrum quality and passive transfer of immunity, to to provide multiple targets for nutritional management to improve passive transfer of immunity in Jersey calves, $8,360;
Kimberly Miller and Trish Berger (University of California–Davis), Reduced testicular estrogens in Jersey bull calves: Hormonal responses to a potential stimulant of Sertoli cell proliferation, focusing on increasing sperm production capacity in prepuberal Jersey bulls, $4,320; and
Francisco Peñagaricano (University of Florida), Genomic analysis of bull fertility in Jersey dairy cattle, to identify and characterize bovine genomic regions, individual candidate genes, and molecular pathways underlying sire fertility, $22,400.
2019 Annual Meetings
The invitation of the New York State Jersey Cattle Club to host the 2019 Annual Meetings in Saratoga Springs was accepted.
The following awards will be made at the 2017 AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings:
National All-Jersey Inc.
Directors of National All-Jersey Inc. received detailed briefing from staff on Federal Order activity, research efforts, and measurement of on-farm sustainability practices, and a range of issues before Congress.
USDA issued its Recommended Decision to establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) in California on February 9. Dairy Programs recommended that a California order be structured and operate very similarly to the other 10 FMMOs; for the most part, variances from how other FMMOs operate requested by the cooperatives were rejected. The order will operate as a multiple component pricing order, using the same four classes of milk and price formulas as the other FMMOs. The regulated/announced price will be based on protein instead of solids-not-fat, drawing attention to the value of protein in producer milk.
Six NAJ and AJCA directors plus staff were in Washington, D.C., March 1 and 2, for meetings with members of Congress, plus staff of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax and trade policy, and the House Committee on Agriculture, which will craft the Farm Bill. For in-depth coverage, see the April NAJ Equity Newsletter.
Financial statements for January 2016 were reviewed and approved. Equity participants at the end of February were 1,064.
Gross value of animals, embryos and semen marketed by Jersey Marketing Service was $8,683,368 for 2016. Public auction sales accounted for 57% of sales; private treaty sales involved 69 sellers in 18 states to 48 buyers. Ten auction sales have been booked through the 60th National Heifer Sale on June 24.
The AJCA Board of Directors will meet June 20 and 21 at the Wyndham Gateway Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Penna. The NAJ Board will meet in Gettysburg on June 20.
The 59th Annual Meeting of National All-Jersey Inc. will be held Friday morning, June 23. The AJCA’s 149th Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, June 24.
The nomination petition deadline is April 20 for the AJCA elections. A President and four Directors from the Second, Sixth, Eighth, and Eleventh districts will be elected. Nomination petitions for NAJ Director #2 from District 2 and NAJ Director #3 from District 3 must be filed not later than April 24.