Canadian Jersey genetics shine in New Zealand
The membership and leaders of Jersey New Zealand hosted an extraordinarily successful International Conference of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau during February. One of the highlights of post-conference tours in both the North and South Islands was the New Zealand Dairy Event held at Feilding on the North Island from February 16 to 18.
A special Jersey show was held at the Dairy Event this year as a large crowd of delegates took part in a series of enticing post-conference tours. Pat Nicholson of the well-known Jugiong herd in Northern Victoria in Australia served as a very capable judge. At the superb show stadium at Feilding, international Jersey visitors and New Zealand dairy producers were once again forcefully reminded of the ongoing excellence of Canadian Jersey genetics. A bevy of top-placing animals carried Canadian genetics close up in their pedigrees.
The highly appealing Supreme All New Zealand Show Jersey Champion and Best Uddered Jersey was Carrondale ES Lindy, exhibited by Bradley Parkes and bred by Jack and Jo Davies, long-term Jersey supporters and breeders who farm near Hamilton. Lindy is a maternal grand-daughter of Canadian-bred Rock Ella Paramount, marketed by Select Sires.
Following Lindy into the winners circle was Ferdon Comerica Viyella, a top-notch Two Year Old leading the stunning exhibit of her breeders and exhibitors, the Ferguson Family of Ferdon Genetics. This heifer was the All-Breeds Junior Champion at the Dairy Event in 2010. She came roaring back in milking form this year to take the following top honours:
- Jersey and All Breeds Intermediate Champion after topping both Two Year Old classes;
- fourth best uddered cow in Jersey and All Breeds classes; and
- Reserve Grand Champion in the Jersey show.
Comerica Viyella is a daughter of Canadian sire Bridon Remake Comerica, marketed by the Semex Alliance. Her dam, Ferdon Folly’s Viyella, is sired by a son of Canadian sire Giprat Belles Jade from Rapid Bay Sires. Folly’s Viyella was herself very successful in the show as she was first in the Jersey and All Breeds Six and Seven Year Old in-milk classes, second in the best uddered Jersey class and was named Reserve Senior Champion in the Jersey show.
Other daughters of Semex Alliance sires Bridon Remake Comerica, Pine Haven Senior and Rock Ella Perimiter featured in the top five places in strong in-milk Jersey classes.
Canadian Jersey genetics were also a strong feature of heifer classes at the Dairy Event, with Ferdon Bstone Lola, the Junior Champion of the Jersey show, being one of three daughters of Semex sire Lencrest Blackstone in the top five in the Junior Yearling Class. Lola was also second in the All Breeds Junior Yearling class. Her dam is by a son of renowned Canadian sire Hollylane Renaissance (from Hollylane Jerseys). Lola is again owned and bred by the Ferguson family of Ferdon Genetics.
More Canadian connections could be found across the heifer classes, with numerous top five placings by Canadian sires Bridon Remake Comerica, Rock Ella Perimiter, Lencrest On Time, Vindication and Rapid Bay Ressurection.
Canada is pleased and always ready to help sister Jersey populations breed the kind of Jerseys that are making the breed more popular around the globe on a daily basis!