1 June 2016
Agreement will build a stronger future for the golden breed
Two organisations committed to the Jersey breed are joining forces and expertise to breed even better dairy cows into
The breed society, Jersey New Zealand, and herd improvement company, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), have
signed an agreement to work together to jointly select and prove the genetic merit of additional top young Jersey bulls.
The programme will add eight extra bulls to LIC’s current Jersey breeding programme, and will statistically lift the
rate of genetic and productive gain for the breed within the industry.
The agreement is known as Jersey Future and is initially for three years but both organisations are looking and planning
further into the future.
LIC Chief Executive Wayne McNee said LIC is committed to the Jersey breed and looks forward to working with Jersey NZ on
“Jersey is a very important breed in New Zealand. It is important in its own right, it’s an important part of KiwiCross,
and we need to make sure the breed remains strong.”
McNee said LIC was committed to the future of Jersey. “We now have momentum in this space – LIC has 8 of the top 10
bulls on the Jersey Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list, including the top 6, and all 6 of those are new graduates.
“That’s testimony to the quality of the young Jersey bulls coming through now. We believe that together with Jersey NZ
we can achieve more,” McNee said.
Jersey NZ Outgoing President Ross Riddell said: “There is a generation of farmers in NZ that haven’t had the benefit or
the pleasure of milking a herd of Jersey cows. And that’s what we would like to see in the future.
“Many stars are aligning for Jerseys at the moment. We hear daily and read in the papers that we should get back to
basics, that we need to keep costs down and that we need to make the best use of resources to convert pasture to milk.
“With Jersey, we have a breed with efficiency. Add to this the Jersey performance on the RAS list (11 of the top 30 on
the All Breeds RAS list are Jersey – the most of any breed), the rising price comparatively of fat which we are pleased
to see, protein production efficiency, and Jersey’s lower environmental footprint. All these things steer to a better
and brighter future for Jerseys.
“We look forward to working with LIC to build on this,” Riddell said.
The Jersey Future agreement will start on 1 July 2016. The first 8 bulls under the agreement will be selected this
coming spring and their semen marketed in 2017 for the first time as part of the sire proving programme to be
administered by Jersey NZ.
The bulls will be sourced from Jersey NZ member nominations and from the present LIC breeding scheme. The selection
process will be 50/50 between LIC and Jersey NZ.