The summer meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Boards of Directors were held June 25-27, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, North Canton, Ohio. Actions taken are summarized.
The 2017 year-end audited financial statements for the companies, the auditor-reviewed 2017 Research Fund, and the year-end financial summary for Scholarship and Special Funds were presented and approved.
Unaudited financial reports through May 31, 2018 were reviewed, showing:
Market value of investments at May 31, 2018 was $5,927,956.
Policy on Undesirable Genetic Factors
Two amendments were approved to the Policies Regarding Undesirable Genetic Factors: (1) to recognize the autosomal recessive genes associated with Bovine Spinal Dysmyelination (SDM); and (2) to authorize the use of electronic mail (email) for notification of an animal’s designation as a carrier of a declared undesirable genetic factor. The revised policy effective June 27, 2018 is published on USJersey.com (short link, http://bit.do/AbnormalityPolicy) and will be published in a forthcoming issue of Jersey Journal.
AJCC Research Foundation
Results from projects funded in 2017 and summaries of 2018 projects in progress funded by the AJCC Research Foundation were reviewed. Expanded information is available at USJersey.com (short link, http://bit.do/JerseyResearch).
Funding from the AJCC Research Foundation was approved for Francisco Peñagaricano (University of Florida), Genomic prediction of bull fertility in U.S. Jersey dairy cattle, to develop a genomic selection tool that could be used to screen young Jersey bulls for conception rates, $26,880.
The Foundation’s 2018 Request for Proposals has been issued with project submissions due December 1.
Jersey Youth Academy
Eligibility rules for the 2019 Jersey Youth Academy were reviewed. Applications will be accepted from Jersey youth who are currently juniors and seniors in high school or enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year vocational school, college or university; and also those under the age of 22 who have completed a high school degree or equivalent and are currently employed in dairy herd management. Applications are accepted only from legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. A youth can participate in Jersey Youth Academy only one time. The application period opens September 1 with a submission deadline of December 1, 2018.
National All-Jersey Inc.
Directors of National All-Jersey Inc. were updated on the status of the multiple component pricing proposal for the Appalachian and Southeast Federal Orders. While co-op support for the proposal remains strong, the current challenging marketing conditions in the region make the timing of the proposal very poor. Therefore, at the request of the cooperatives, the proposal has been temporarily withdrawn to be resubmitted later.
The California FMMO will replace the existing California state order effective with milk marketed in November 2018. Two of the primary changes producers will experience are being paid for protein instead of solids-not-fat and the probability of negative Producer Price Differentials (PPDs). Both of those changes can be conducive to Jerseys.
The Board received reports on the status of the A2 milk research project at Purdue University, which is expected to be completed in approximately one year. Staff reported on the second Value-Added 101 Workshop, conducted March 21-22 in Dayton, Ohio, and plans for a series of Jersey nutrition webinars.
Jersey Marketing Service reported lower prices and reduced private treaty activity for first five months of 2018 with signs of improvement in late May and early June. Total volume through May 31 was 1,317 live animals and 991 lots of semen and embryos, for gross value of $2,009,952.
The AJCA Board of Directors will meet November 1 and 2, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport, Louisville, Ky. The NAJ Board will meet November 2.
President and Director Elections and Reorganization of Boards
John Kokoski, Hadley, Mass., was elected President of National All-Jersey Inc. in the reorganizational meeting following the 60th Annual Meeting on June 29, 2018.
Serving as an NAJ Director since 2007 and its Finance Chair this past year, Kokoski heads up the family-operated Mapleline Farm LLC. The enterprise includes a 135-cow Registered Jersey herd enrolled on REAP and a dairy plant that processes and distributes a full line of Jersey milk products to grocery retailers, restaurants and university food service.
James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., was re-elected as Vice President of National All-Jersey Inc. Calvin Graber, Parker, S.D., was named as Finance Chair.
John E. Marcoot, Greenville, Ill., was elected to a four-year term as Director from District 4, succeeding David Endres, Lodi, Wis. A sixth generation Jersey breeder, Marcoot and his family operate Marcoot Jersey Farm Inc. and Marcoot Jersey Creamery LLC.
Veronica Steer, Cottage Grove, Tenn., was appointed by the American Jersey Cattle Association Board of Directors to continue as Director at-large on the NAJ Board. Appointed in 2017 to fill an unexpired term, Steer has managed her family’s 200-head Registered Jersey operation since the semi-retirement of her father, Charles, in 2013.
Jonathan Merriam, Hickman, Calif., was elected as President of the American Jersey Cattle Association at its 150th Annual Meeting on June 30.
The third generation of his family to breed and own Registered Jerseys, Merriam is the genetics specialist at Ahlem Farms Partnership, Hilmar, Calif., having previously worked in A.I. sire procurement, extension and education. He has served on the boards of the California Jersey Cattle Association and Jerseyland Sires and was co-chair of the 2016 National Heifer Sale. He is now Associate General Chair of The All American Jersey Shows & Sales, having served as chair of the All American Sale Committee in 2017.
Bradley Taylor, Booneville, Miss., was elected as AJCA Director from the Fifth District, succeeding Corey Lutz, Lincolnton, N.C. He owns and operates Taylor Jersey Farm Inc., a 120-cow operation, with other members of his family.
Directors re-elected to three-year terms on the AJCA Board were Sheldon S. “Tom” Sawyer Jr., Walpole, N.H., First District.; Mark O. Gardner, Dayton, Pa., Third District; and John G. Boer, Dalhart, Texas, Ninth District.
Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis., was re-elected as Vice President at the reorganizational meeting of the Board of Directors. Chairs of standing committees for 2018-19 are Thomas Seals, Beaver, Ore., Finance; Alan Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y., Information Technology & Identification; C. A. Russell, Hilmar, Calif., Breed Improvement; and Samuel A. Bok, Defiance, Ohio, Development. Seals and Bok, and also Jonathan Merriam, will serve as ex officio members of the NAJ Board of Directors.