Jersey Educational Travel Award - 2008
The President and Council of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 Jersey Educational Travel Award (JETA) which sponsors five young farmers to attend the 18th International Conference of the WJCB in the Island of Jersey in May 2008.
Outstanding applications were received from each of the five regions of the Bureau; North American, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Oceania. Johannes Van Eden, President of the WJCB, said It was very difficult choosing the final five as there were so many excellent candidates, the Jersey cow can look forward to a fantastic future with young people of this quality driving the breed forward. One winner is selected from each region and they are:
Robin Denniston-Keller, from New York State, USA in the North American region. Robin, with her husband Kip, have developed Den-Kel Jerseys milking 80 cows averaging 20,440 pounds of milk (9,271 litres) and have 20 home bred bulls on test with A.I. organisations. Robin is a past President of the New York Jersey Cattle Club and currently Vice President of the Genesee County of the New York Farm Bureau.
Ruben Dario Galvis Goez, from the Antioquia, Colombia in the Latin American region. Ruben established his El Tambo herd of Jerseys after graduating from university and now produces award winning cheese that is distributed through supermarkets in the city of Medellin. In addition to running the farm, Ruben also lectures university students on metabolism, animal feeding and milk production.
Henrik Dalgaard Christensen, from Denmark in the European region. Henrik has developed the Fuglsang herd of Jerseys, currently milking 425 cows and expanding to 600 cows. The herd averages 7,300 kilos of milk with combined fat and protein of 706 kilos. Henrik is President of the Farmers Union in Vesthimmerland and is a past member of the Danish Jersey Cattle Association Council.
Wikus van der Merwe, from the Republic of South Africa in the African region. Wikus is due to complete his degree in Animal and Pasture Science at the University of Pretoria this year and currently works for Jersey South Africa as a part time classifier and technical advisor during university holidays.
Lyna Beehre, from Northland, New Zealand in the Oceania region. Lyna, together with her husband Luke, own Okura Jerseys, winners of the Jersey Cow of the North Competition on three occasions. The herd has lifted production from 55,000 kgs/MS to 92,000 kgs/MS per hectare and has sold 100 bulls into A.I. testing over the last five years.
The five JETA winners will be presenting a paper at the 18th International Conference of the WJCB on their Jerseys at home, visiting herds in the Island of Jersey, making new friends in the international Jersey world.