Thursday, April 2, 2020
Dear USJersey members and breeders,
Today, (Thursday, April 2), Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an extension to the current "Stay at Home" executive order and directive. The USJersey office will now operating in a work-from-home strategy and providing only critical in-office services until May 1, 2020. Our priority continues to be the safety of our staff and being responsible neighbors, while also maintaining essential business functions. All office staff is available through email and field staff is available by phone or email.
We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times. We are here to serve you to the best of our abilities.
Monday, March 23, 2020
In response to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s "Stay at Home" executive order and directive, the USJersey office will be operating in a work-from-home strategy and providing only critical in-office services. Our priority is the safety of our staff and being responsible neighbors, while also maintaining essential business functions. This new format will begin Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until at least Monday, April 6, 2020. Below is a list of our recommendations during this time period:
Or please contact your area representative to help with anything you might need. Each has USJersey issued equipment and cell phones and are available to take your calls or emails.
Director of Field Services: Kristin A. Paul, 209/402-5679 (mobile); 614/322-4495 (fax); firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Brown, 614/266-2419 (mobile); email@example.com
Erica Davis, 614/361-9716 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney Endres, 614/313-5818 (mobile); email@example.com
Scott Holcomb, 614/563-3227 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org
Seth Israelsen, 614/216-9727 (mobile); email@example.com
Greg Lavan, 614/216-8838 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Mosser, 614/264-0142 (mobile); 260/368-7687 (fax); email@example.com
Flint Richards, 614/266-9921 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Robinson, 614/216-5862 (mobile); email@example.com
Emma Sills, 614/296-3621 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Snow, 802/249-2659 (mobile); 614/322-4483; email@example.com
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these unprecedented times. Our goal is to still provide the best customer service possible to our members while also protecting the health and safety of our staff and their families.
Should you have questions please do not hesitate to reach me directly either via email or by cell.
Executive Secretary and CEO
American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.
COVID-19 Statement (March 17, 2020)
The USJersey organizations recognize the important role we play in your business. With the evolving coronavirus pandemic, the health, safety and well-being of all of our employees (both yours and ours) are critical in our considerations. At this time AJCA-NAJ is actively taking all measures possible to continue to provide uninterrupted services to the best of our ability.
Currently office staff may be available on a limited basis, but we can be reached via email or messages left on our direct lines. (staff directory is available at: https://www.usjersey.com/AJCA-NAJ-JMS/StaffDirectory.aspx). Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. Emails such as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com can reach multiple people within a department.
Note that infoJersey.usjersey.com and all association websites will be available 24/7 for you to conduct business online.
As all of you are aware, these are rapidly changing times and we will continue to communicate with the membership as the situation evolves. Until then, please do not hesitate to reach out to us as your business is important.
Executive Secretary and CEO
American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.
The fall meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Boards of Directors were held November 7 and 8, 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport, Louisville, Ky. Actions are summarized below.
AJCA-NAJ-AJSC Finances and 2020 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 $2,816,972 and expenditures of $2,818,532 before the All American. NAJ reported revenues of $684,220 versus expenditures of $609,498. JMS revenues were $115,470; expenditures were $178,582. A net loss through September 30, 2019, for all organizations was reported of $12,950.
Budgets for 2020 were approved. Total AJCA revenues were budgeted at $3,809,940 against expenditures of $3,809,873. The AJCA budget was based on 139,250 registrations, 25,750 transfers, 170,500 cows enrolled on all performance programs (165,500 on REAP), 310,000 JerseyTags units, 15,000 genomic and ID qualification tests, and 325 pages of paid advertising in Jersey Journal.
The budget for National All-Jersey Inc. was based upon 960 Equity investors and All-Jersey Sales Corp. revenues of $268,175. Budgeted revenues for NAJ-AJSC combined were $1,198,425, with budgeted expenditures of $1,177,255.
Market values of investments at September 30 were: Building Fund, $1,396,021; Investment Trust, $960,788; Scholarship and other awards funds, $820,139; Jersey Youth Academy, $550,257; and AJCC Research Foundation, $2,419,107.
The Investment Advisory Committee met with investment managers on November 11 to review current portfolios and set investment strategies for 2020.
Random Parentage Verification Program
The Board of Directors voted to discontinue the Random Parentage Verification program and Random ET parentage program effective immediately. Females previously selected for random parentage verification programs that have not been genotyped will not be required to be genotyped.
Jersey Performance Index
Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin–Madison, reviewed with the board of directors the development of updates to the Jersey Performance IndexTM (JPITM) coinciding with the 2020 base change expected to be incorporated in April 2020. It was recommended by the committee that pending favorable review of the Jersey Health Traits from the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), they be implemented in the new JPI formula
Regional and National Shows
The Western National, Pennsylvania All-American (Harrisburg) World Dairy Expo and California Spring Jersey Show were designated as AJCA regional shows for 2020. Designations are contingent upon enforcement of the PDCA Show Ring Code of Ethics, with all cows subject to ultrasound and milk sample testing.
For the 2020 All American shows, $5,000 was allocated to be divided equally among junior exhibitors, and $2,000 for open show state herd travel money.
Named as associate chairs for the 2020 All American planning committees were Joel Albright, Willard, Ohio, sale; Christine Sheesley Rozler, Canton, N.Y., open show; Sally Pozzi, Petaluma, Calif., National Jersey Jug Futurity; and Brittany Core, Salvisa, Ky., junior activities.
2023 Annual Meetings
The invitation of the Wisconsin Jersey Cattle Club to host the 2023 Annual Meetings was accepted.
Beginning with the January 2020 issue of Jersey Journal, female genetic lists will be available online only through the GreenBook.com website.
National All-Jersey Inc.
Directors of National All-Jersey Inc. were briefed on Federal Milk Marketing Order activities in the Appalachian and Southeast orders.
The board was also updated on a report from the Farm Bureau Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Working Group. This group was established in January 2019 to review the FMMO system.
Charlie Garrison updated directors and staff on developments with the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The latest bill was recently introduced and NAJ has joined many other agricultural organizations in supporting the bill.
Company objectives adopted for 2020 include continuing efforts that advance market arrangements, voluntary and regulated, to obtain or improve Multiple Component Pricing (MCP) for producers not currently receiving MCP or receiving sub-standard MCP; organizing on-farm processing forums focused on bringing together successful Jersey processors and Jersey producers interested in beginning on-farm processing; being engaged in dairy industry proposals and discussions associated with the Farm Bill; and continue to develop the All-Jersey® and Queen of Quality® programs. The complete list of 2020 objectives is posted under the NAJ section of the USJersey website.
The next Value-Added 101 course will be March 24-25, 2020, in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Jersey Marketing Service reported domestic and export marketing activity through October 24, 2019, of $3,219,625 for 2,612 lots of live animals and embryos. This included 1,209 live animals sold at public auction averaging $1,310.15, and private treaty sales of 1,132 head, averaging $1,246.91.
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 13 and 14, 2020, at the Embassy Suites-Airport, Columbus, Ohio. The NAJ Board will meet March 12 and 13 at the same location. Planning committee meetings for The 68th All American Jersey Shows and Sales will be March 14.
The AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings will be held June 24-27, 2020 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Portland, Ore.
Deadlines for President and Director nomination petitions to be filed with the Executive Secretary are April 23 for AJCA (65 days prior to the Annual Meeting), and April 29 for NAJ (60 days prior).