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Travel Award For 2011 International Jersey Conference

23 July 2010

GENERAL - Young Jersey breeders who have exhibited unique leadership qualities and achieved success in their Jersey businesses now have the opportunity to gain further knowledge and industry contacts at the 19th International Conference of World Jersey Cattle Bureau (WJCB).

The WJCB’s Jersey Educational Travel Award (JETA) provides scholarships for five individuals to participate in the upcoming conference, Hooked on Jerseys, scheduled for February 9 through 14, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Individuals ages 18 to 40 in the conference year who can demonstrate an involvement in dairy farming, enthusiasm for breeding and developing Jersey cattle, and who have a genuine interest in an international education experience are invited to apply.

Awards will cover the cost of travel documents, roundtrip air fares and ground transportation, registration and all other conference fees for the week of the conference. The recipients will also be awarded lifetime membership of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau.

Award recipients agree to attend all conference sessions and make a short presentation (approximately 20 minutes) while at the conference during a Young Breeders focus session. Following the conference, they are expected to report on their experience and what they learned, both in a written report submitted to the WJCB President, and through speeches to Jersey, dairy and other agriculture-related groups in their home country. A final report on activities is to be submitted to the WJCB President no later than six months after the conference.

Previous JETA winners are Lyna Beehre, Northland, New Zealand; Henrik Dalgaard Christensen, Sjostrup, Aars, Denmark; Robin Denniston-Keller, Byron, New York, US; Waweru Gatheca, Tigoni, Kenya; Rubén Darío Galvis Góez, Antioquia, Colombia; Eduardo Kashiwagi, São Paulo, Brazil; Mark Shaw, Ohaupo, New Zealand; Aaron Ray Tompkins, Ennice, North Carolina, US; Wikus van der Merwe, Brandhof, South Africa; and André van Weerdenburg, Rodding, Denmark.

Applications consist of a résumé, clearly summarizing work experience in dairy farming, experience with Jersey cattle, and formal education, and an essay of 750 words describing personal ambitions in the dairy industry with Jersey cattle, and stating reasons for attending the conference. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted.

Details on the application process for US residents are posted at www.usjersey.com/News/JETA_2011_USApplication.doc. Monday, September 20, 2010 is the deadline to submit materials to the American Jersey Cattle Association, by mail to 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362, or by email to [email protected].

Applications will be evaluated on the established record and leadership qualities of the candidate, and also potential for future success in the dairy industry. The AJCA will submit no more than two (2) candidates to the WJCB office by September 30, including a letter of recommendation for each candidate submitted for consideration. An anonymous selection committee appointed by the WJCB President shall review the applications and select up to five recipients. These individuals will be notified directly by the WJCB Secretary and potential recipients must accept or decline the award within two weeks of such notification.

The complete programme for the 2011 International Conference, hosted by Jersey New Zealand, is published at www.worldjerseyconference.co.nz.

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