Awards & Certificates

Awards for Individual, Production, Master Breeder and Constructive Breeder are recognized at the Jersey Canada Annual General Meeting. 

Individual Awards from Jersey Canada

Deadline for our 2017 Individual Award Nomination Applications: January 16th, 2018 (must be received by the Jersey Canada office by 4:00 PM EST)

Two application formats are available for download: MSWord or PDF

Jersey Young Achievers
This award recognizes the accomplishments of Jersey breeders under the age of 40. Must be accompanied by a resume of accomplishments with Jerseys, the community and family. 

Honourary Life Member
The award recognizes long-term leadership contribution to the Jersey breed. Nominations must be accompanied by a resume outlining the nominee's Jersey involvement through the years. 

Distinguished Service Award
Periodically the Association will present a Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes a unique long term commitment to the betterment of the Jersey cow in the areas of leadership, promotion, genetic improvement, marketing - open to any member of the Jersey fraternity - few such awards have been given in the history of the Association. This is the highest honour given by Jersey Canada and is therefore given when deemed appropriate. Selections are made by the executive committee of Jersey Canada.

Certificate of Appreciation
A Certificate of Appreciation is awarded periodically to people within the agricultural industry who render a particular service above and beyond the call of duty to the goals and the objectives of the Association. Recipients have often been employees of industry partner companies. Selections are made by the executive committee of Jersey Canada.


Production Awards from Jersey Canada

Annual Class Leader
The highest record for milk, fat or protein in each of the nine age classes in any given year. The awards are based in kilograms of milk, fat or protein yield and recognize production in 305 days.

All Time Class Leader
The highest ever record for milk, fat or protein, in each of nine age classes, listing reviewed annually. The awards are based on kilograms of milk, fat or protein yield and recognize production in 305 days.

Hall of Fame
The award recognizes cows that have on any one completed lactation produced 575 kgs of fat and/or 460 kgs of protein on a 305-day record. There are single and double awards based on how many of the standards the individual cow's production has exceeded.

Hall of Fame Trophy
This award recognizes the Hall of Fame cow with the highest composite BCA for fat and protein.

President's Cup
For the cow with the leading living lifetime fat and protein production records. One award is presented for each trait - therefore there could be two different winners or both awards could be won by the same cow.


Herd Awards

Master Breeder

The award recognizes long-term excellence in breeding Jersey cows. The points are calculated using the following criteria.

Production points for each cow are accumulated from either Composite BCA deviation from herdmates, Composite BCA deviation from national average or Lifetime Production totals according to the following table:

Level
Comp BCA Deviation
from Herdmates
 
Comp BCA Deviation
from Nat. Average
 
Lifetime
Production
Points
1
+30
or
+50
or
2000 kgs F & 1600 kgs P
1
2
+60
or
+75
or
2500 kgs F & 2000 kgs P
2
3
+90
or
+100
or
3000 kgs F & 2400 kgs P
3
4
+120
or
+125
or
3500 kgs F & 2800 kgs P
4
5
+150
or
+150
or
4000 kgs F & 3200 kgs P
5

Classification points for each cow are allocated from the following table.

Point Range
Master Breeder Points
GP 83-84
1
VG 85-86
2
VG 87-89
3
EX
4
EX 2E+
5
  • Cows classified Supreme Excellent would receive an extra point
  • Cows need to contribute at least one point for both Production and Classification to contribute points toward the total for Master Breeder.
  • Sires contribute points (pts) by fitting one of the following three classes:
    - Superior Type = 5 pts (defined as +6 Type upon reaching 85% reliability while having LPI => +700)
    - Superior Production = 5 pts (defined as +70 F + P kgs upon reaching 85% reliability while having LPI => +700)
    - Superior Balance = 15 pts (defined as qualifying for both Superior Type and Superior Production)
  • Star Brood Cows would contribute points in the following manner: 1 Star = 6 pts; 2 Stars = 7 pts; 3 Stars = 8 pts; 4 Stars = 9 pts; 5+ Stars = 10 pts 

Additional Master Breeder Qualifications and Rules:

  • The Master Breeder award recognizes long-term excellence in breeding Jersey cows.  
  • Animals eligible for Master Breeder points are born during an 18-year window, beginning 3 years before the year of calculation.
  • Calculation of points is run automatically, based on Prefix
  • The total points for a given prefix are averaged over the number of classified females registered during the 18-year window. 
  • Herds must have a minimum of five registrations per year carrying the herd’s prefix.
  • Only animals with 75% purity or higher will be eligible for inclusion.
  • Production points for each cow are accumulated from either Composite BCA deviations from herd mates, Composite BCA deviation from national average, or Lifetime Production.  
  • Classification points for each cow are allocated based on their highest classification score at the time of calculation.  
  • Sires contribute points through superior type, superior production, or superior balance.  
  • Star Brood Cows contribute points based on the number of stars awarded.
  • Individual cows must contribute both production and classification points in order to contribute to the overall total for the prefix.
  • Exported animals will only be included in point calculations if the breeder provides updated data to be inputted in the system.
  • One Master Breeder Award will be presented each year.
  • Herds will not be eligible to win the Master Breeder award again until 18 years after their previous Master Breeder Award.

Historical Master Breeders

Constructive Breeder

Calculation of the Constructive Breeder Award follows the same method for point accumulation as the Master Breeder Award except for the following:

  • The Constructive Breeder award recognizes herds that are excelling in Jersey breeding over a shorter time frame than the Master Breeder.
  • Animals eligible for Constructive Breeder points are born during a 5-year window, beginning 3 years before the year of calculation.
  • Three Constructive Breeder Awards will be presented each year: one for herds averaging 5-9 registrations per year; one for herds averaging 10-24 registrations per year; and one for herds registering 25 or more animals per year.
  • Herds will not be eligible to win the Constructive Breeder award again until 5 years after their previous Constructive Breeder or Master Breeder Award. 

Certificates

Certificates

Star Brood Cows

Jersey Canada recognizes outstanding Brood Cows, awarding STARS by calculating production and conformation qualifications on progeny that are classified and have completed records.

Are the STARS useful?
Collecting STARS is very useful, but your animal must be registered, be 75% pure or higher, have official production records and be classified. At least three of her progeny must also be registered and collecting this data. The number of STARS is recorded in each animal’s pedigree along with the year she received it. STAR BROOD status is also valuable when promoting your Jersey cow, her achievements and/or the success of her progeny. This information also comes in handy if you are looking to buy into a cow family and are researching the pedigree. Cows that are awarded STARS are listed in each issue of the Canadian Jersey Breeder. STARS are also converted to points and used to calculate Master Breeder and Constructive Breeder awards.

Certificates
Not all owners want the paper certificate as the data is collected and stored in the herdbook and can be viewed on-line. STAR BROOD certificates are only available upon request by owners. To receive your paper certificates contact Ruth, Jersey Canada’s Registrar, at ruth@jerseycanada.com or at (519) 821-1020 (ext. 101). 

Star Brood Qualifications

  • Must have at least three (3) registered progeny. At least two (2) daughters must contribute both classification and production points.
  • Points are earned based on daughters’ lifetime production and classification.
  • Production points are earned based on either daughters’ Composite BCA Deviations or Lifetime Solids Production.
  • Classification points are earned based on daughters’ most recent final scores.
  • Each STAR requires eight (8) points from progeny.

Production Award Certificates 

If your registered Jersey cow is 75% pure or higher, she is eligible for Platinum, Gold or Silver Production AWARDS. If the animal meets the composite BCA of Fat and Protein set for each award level, Jersey Canada will automatically assign the AWARD to the appropriate record.

Are the AWARDS useful?
Production awards are very useful, but your animal must be registered and be 75% pure or higher to be eligible. The awards are recorded in each animal's pedigree beside the specific lactation where she earned the award. Production awards are also valuable when promoting your Jersey cow, her achievements and/or the strength of her family. This information also comes in handy if you are looking to buy a cow and are researching the pedigree. The top 15 producing cows (by age class) are listed in each issue of the Canadian Jersey Breeder with a notation if they received a production award.

Certificates
Of course not all owners want the paper certificate as the data is collected and stored in the herdbook and can be viewed on-line. Therefore, Production Award certificates are only available upon request by owners. To receive your paper certificates contact Ruth, Jersey Canada’s Registrar, at ruth@jerseycanada.com or at (519) 821-1020 (ext. 101). 

Award Levels
- Platinum Award (PA): Official 305-day record with a composite BCA (Fat + Protein) greater than 700
- Gold Award (GA): Official 305-day record with a composite BCA (Fat + Protein) greater than 625.
- Silver Award (SA): Official 305-day record with a composite BCA (Fat + Protein) greater than 550.