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Greetings to all Jersey Friends

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WJCB E-NEWS

December 2008

Dear Hans

President's Message

To all Jersey friends

This year, filled with activities and celebrations, will soon come to an end. The 18th International World Jersey Cattle Bureau conference held in May was a total success. Another milestone event for the breed was the 175 years of the establishment of the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society, along with other celebrations such as the 25 years of the Guatemala Association and the 15 years of the Mexican Association.

Despite the global financial crisis, the Jersey breed is a ‘light of optimism’ with encouraging reports from several national Jersey breed associations, important breed growth achievements and a record in numbers when it comes to registrations and production levels that speaks of the great potential of our beloved Jersey cow.

I take this opportunity to send warm greetings, wishing all happy holidays in peace and harmony and the best for the year 2009. I hope to see all next year at the annual meetings and WJCB tour in the United States of America in June.

Gonzalo Maldonado - WJCB President

From the Secretary:

Conference papers - 18th International Conference - "Jerseys without Boarders"
Delegates have been anxiously awaiting publication of the papers from the conference and we now have the final drafts of the copy typed versions. A final proofing is being undertaken prior to publication on the Bureau website. Also available are photographs of some of the events during the three week tours of England, Jersey and France. The RJA&HS, as conference organisers have already thanked the enourmous number of people who made the events such a success, however the Bureau would also like to thank all those who helped to put together such a fantastic programme, including the Jersey Cattle Society of the UK, the RJA&HS and UPRA Jersiaise in France.

International genetics imported to Jersey Island
During the conference this year in Jersey there was much talk on the question of whether or not the Island should open its herd to international Jersey genetics through imported semen. The Island's government subsequently agreed to allow importation in July and the first consignments arrived in September. To date some 30 different bulls have been imported and are receiving widespread use, also in conjunction with an embryo transfer programme. We will keep members informed of progress on this fascinating project.

News summary
The President alluded to the flow of good news that keeps coming about the Jersey breed and in the New Year some of the highlights will be circulated. In the meantime perhaps the national associations might like to send their highlights to the Secretary for inclusion. Please e-mail your contributions to james@royaljersey.co.uk

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