Jersey New Zealand - The Second 50 Years - 26/07/2002

Jersey News 2002 from the Internet

1953 The Superior Sire and Certified Sire scheme is introduced.
1954 Frozen semen for artificial insemination becomes available
1955 The first Jersey Review (a twice yearly publication) is published
1965 The A+ provisional classification award and the Excellent classification award for cows 10 years and older is introduced.
1968 Temporary Exemption (TE) is introduced for sick or injured cows at the time of classification inspections.
1969 The A+ provisional classification award is discontinued.
Multiple herd surveys for sire proving are introduced
1975 The Association arranges its first display at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. This is to become an annual display.
1976 Research on the merit of a genetic recovery scheme begins.
1977 The Association celebrates its 75th Jubilee
The Certified Jersey Scheme is introduced.
1978 The Mr & Mrs JW Singers Efficiency Scrolls are introduced as an award for people involved in promoting the Jersey breed and participating as a member of the Association. People are nominated annually by local Jersey Clubs.
The JT Thwaites Sire of the Season award is introduced. The top Jersey sire of each season is selected and an award is presented to the breeders’.
1980 Regulations for Embryo Transplant (ET) are devised.
1981 Planning for the development of the modern database commences. This involved the New Zealand Dairy Board and the Dairy Breeds Federation.
1984 The Supplementary Jersey Scheme replaces the Certified Jersey Scheme.
1985 The National Database for pedigree records begins.
1986 The Association establishes the Development and Marketing Division to progeny test young sires each year.
1987 An Extraordinary General Meeting of members was held at Claudelands, Hamilton, for a vote to relocate the Association office from Palmerston North to Hamilton.
1988 A break away group forms the NZ Progressive Cattle Breeders’ Association (later called Progressive Jersey Breeders’ Society and now called the Purebred Jersey Breed Society)
The Association office shifts from Palmerston North to Newstead, Hamilton.
The Traits Other than Production (TOP) linear trait assessments commence
The Genetic Recovery Scheme is introduced as an extension to the Supplementary Jersey Scheme
1989 The Genetic Recovery Scheme is modified with the removal of RJ levels.
Payment for milk protein is introduced by the dairy industry, using the fat plus protein less volume formula.
1990 A Milk Payment fund is established to ensure equity in milk payment adopted by all dairy companies.
1991 Jersey Marketing Service Ltd (JMS) is incorporated and begins trading
The trading name of the New Zealand Jersey Cattle Breeders’ Association ‘Jersey New Zealand’ is introduced.
A Special Youth Fund is set up (now known as the Jersey New Zealand Scholarship fund)
The Development and Marketing Division with its elected structure is disbanded and replaced by an appointed committee called Jersey New Zealand Sire Proving.
1992 Polled Jerseys are amalgamated into the Association
Excellent awards are changed and are based on TOP standards with the age of the cow at the time of inspection included as part of the award.
The Milk Payments Committee commences various research projects on profitable breeding practices for Jersey farmers and the dairy industry in general; milk payment systems and equity for milk producers.
1993 Judges training and certification is introduced
Jersey New Zealand purchases an undivided share of the Livestock Improvement Corporation complex at Newstead, Hamilton for the Association office.
Revision of the Genetic Recovery Scheme sees the removal of the SJB level and the removal of the GR prefix from progeny born form GR status cattle.
The first annual auction sale later to become known as the Jersey Pride Sale.
1994 The Jersey New Zealand sire proving is included in the Ambreed super sample scheme (later to become known as the Jersey Genes joint venture sire progeny test scheme)
The Animal Evaluation Review committee is formed to represent Jersey New Zealand during the development of a new animal evaluation system for the dairy industry.
Ex2 and Ex3 provisional classification awards are introduced for animal aged two years to three years and six months.
1995 Genetic Recovery status prefixes are changed to status suffixes
1996 The implementation of a new strategic plan and restructure of the Association begins with the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.
The new Animal Evaluation system is introduced for the New Zealand dairy industry, evaluating dairy cattle for efficiency form feed used and comparing dairy cattle across all breeds and crosses.
1997 The Jersey Cross section is introduced as a third section to the Jersey New Zealand Herd Book
Jersey Marketing Service Ltd is restructured including the introduction of the Jersey LInes listing system and appointment of commission agents.
1999 The Jersey New Zealand website is developed and goes online
2000 The Jersey Elite Testing programme (JerseyJET) is introduced.
2001/2002 E projects are under development for TOP and registration to streamline data capture and processing
2002 Jersey New Zealand celebrates 100 years in style at its annual AGM and conference in Palmerston North the birthplace of the Association.


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