The first calves sired by imported semen, have been born in Jersey.
This follows the decisions from the States of Jersey in 2008 to allow the importation of bovine semen into the Island for the first time ever.
The birth of these calves represents a monumental milestone for the Island breed, says Paul Houze who was instrumental in leading The Royal Jersey and Horticultural Society’s call for importation of Jersey semen.
“Finally we have shaken off the shackles which limited our aspirations,” he says.
“The future of cattle breeding looks bright for us, indeed the confidence of dairy farmers today is palpable.”
According to The Royal Jersey and Horticultural Society, the first bull calf, Trinity Excitation CJay, was registered on the 11 July.
He was sired by the proven Canadian bull, Bridon Excitation and out of Trinity Renegades Rosie, a second calved daughter of 2006 Island Show Champion and twice Supercow winner, Trinity Kings Rosie.
Rob Stevenson, manager of Trinity Manor Farm, says the sire of the calf is well known for siring stylish daughters.
“The sire’s dam, Jasper Renaissances Evening, is also one of Canada’s most eminent show and brood cows, classified EX91-3, with two records more than 10,000kg at 6% fat.”
The first heifer calf, Prides Lexington Prima, was born at Mr Houze’s Lodge Farm, St Saviour on 13 June. She was sired by USA proven Jersey sire, Woodstock Lexington.