The summer meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Boards of Directors were held June 19-21, 2017 at the Wyndham Gateway Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Penna. Actions taken are summarized.
The 2016 year-end audited financial statements for the companies, plus the financial summary for the Research, Scholarship and Special Funds, were presented and approved.
Unaudited financial reports through May 31, 2017 were reviewed, showing:
Market value of investments at May 31, 2016 was $5,632,154.
Reports were received on the implementation of the Jersey Performance Index update in April, genetic trends, status of research on feed efficiency and collection of Jersey body weight data, JerseyMateTM, and linear type appraisal program.
Research projects in progress were also reviewed. The 2017 Request for Proposals from the AJCC Research Foundation will be released August 1, with proposals due December 1.
Pricing for genotyping services under a new contract with GeneSeek, Inc. were reviewed. REAP herd pricing for primary genomic test chips remain $30 for 9K uLD, $37 for 45K, and $100 for HD (others extra). Hair samples received after July 1 will be assessed a surcharge of $1.00. Fees as of June 1 for BVD, A2, and horned/polled testing are posted on infoJersey.
Starting in August, the historical reports issued after release of official CDCB genetic evaluations (Top 100 Bulls Ranked by Jersey Performance IndexTM, Quick Reference Guide: Top 200 Bulls) will be produced using the sorting criteria for Generation Count and Breed Base Representation (BBR) used to generate other Green Book reports.
The Young Sire and Genetic Diversity incentive programs were discontinued.
The policy of the Jersey Journal was reviewed, with no change.
Proposals received from the short-listed candidates to paint a new portrait of the ideal Jersey cow in three views (side, front, three-quarter rear) were evaluated. Bonnie Mohr, Glencoe, Minn., was selected for the commission.
The Board adopted a resolution expressing appreciation to Dr. Joseph A. and Beverly W. Lineweaver, Blacksburg, Va., for endowing a permanent scholarship under the AJCA Educational, Youth Activities and Special Awards Fund. The formal resolution was presented at the Annual Meeting, June 24.
National All-Jersey Inc.
Reports and discussion focused on:
Jersey Marketing Service reported year-over-year increases through May 31 in public sales and private treaty activity. Total volume for year to-date was 2,922 live animals, plus 110 lots of semen and embryos, for gross value of $4,832,636.
The AJCA Board of Directors will meet November 2 and 3, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport, Louisville, Ky. The NAJ Board will meet November 3. The Joint Operations Committee will hold its 2018 budget meeting on October 2 in Madison, Wis.
AJCA, NAJ Director Elections and Reorganization of Boards
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.
At the NAJ Annual Meeting on June 23, Roger Herrera, Hilmar, Calif., was elected to a four-year term as Director from District 2. Herrera is a partner in and manages Ahlem Farms Vista and Ahlem Farms Jerseys. John Kokoski, Hadley, Mass., was re-elected to a fourth term as Director from District 3. Calvin Graber, Parker, S.D., was re-appointed by the AJCA Board to serve as Director #7 at-large.
During the NAJ Board reorganization meeting, David Endres, Lodi, Wis., was re-elected President and James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., Vice President. John Kokoski was appointed Finance Chair.
At the AJCA Annual Meeting on June 24, Chris Sorenson, Pine River, Wis., was re-elected President. Directors re-elected to three-year terms were Alan Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y., Second District; Edward F. Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Eighth District; and Kelvin Moss, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ninth District. Newly elected as Director from the Sixth District was Karen Bohnert, East Moline, Ill. With her husband, his parents and brother, she is an owner-operator of Bohnert Jerseys.
Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis., was re-elected Vice President in the AJCA Board’s reorganizational meeting and continues as Finance Chair.