15th World Guernsey Conference 2016

Welcome to the World Guernsey Conference 2016 Proceedings

In 2016 Guernsey NZ hosted the 15th World Guernsey Conference in Hamilton, New Zealand. We would like to thank everyone involved in organisaing the event, the speakers and the attendees for helping to make the WGC2016 a huge success.

Are you a member of the association or simply interested in the Guernsey breed? Did you attend the 15th World Guernsey Conference in New Zealand during 2016? Should you be interested in the Guernsey Cow and the progress she is making around the World, this section may be of interest to you.

This conference looked at:

  • Fertility: Discussion on the reproductive performance of the Guernsey Breed.  Identify the issues, what we can do to address them and identify strategies to realize the potential of the breed
  • Genomics: Achieving a greater understanding of how Genomics can assist us in breeding a better and more competitive cow
  • International Sharing of Genetics: A presentation on how international trade of germplasm (semen and embryos) works at the level of Biosecurity.  A look also at international live animal shipments.  A discussion on how we can best achieve our desires of sharing genetics in a cost effective and managed way for the benefit of the Guernsey breed
  • Maximising the Value of Milk: A discussion on how we can maximise the value of the milk we produce.  A look into what could potentially be done in order to receive the greatest return for the work that we do towards producing Guernsey milk
  • Continuance of the Guernsey Cow: For our valued Guernsey cow to thrive and prosper and have longevity we must identify how we can continue to farm her in the world of today

We invite you to explore the WGC2016 Proceedings. Within you will find comprehensive materials relating to the presentations given during the conference in Hamilton, New Zealand between 14-16th of April 2016.

Please note that the WGC2016 programme was informed by the results of an Internet Survey we  conducted prior to the event.

To view details of the Speakers please click on their name for you to view a brief profile.

The Programme for the 15th World Guernsey Conference was as follows:

Thursday, 14 April 2016

8.30am Registration Of Delegates
10.00am Morning Tea
10.30am

Conference Opening

Opening Addresses covering the challenges faced by dairy farmers in general and by farmers using the Guernsey Breed in particular.

These addresses will be from people in the New Zealand Dairy Industry and from people in the Guernsey organization.  They will speak on a number of topics that will establish the tone and enthusiasm for the Conference.

 

Speakers

Moderator [Download]: Brian Wickham

Welcoming:  Peter Marwood (on behalf of Jim Lichtwark)

NZ Dairy Industry: Dr Tim Mackle

Experience as NZ Dairy Farmer [Download]:  Tom & Jemima Bebbington

 


Country Reports (to continue after lunch)

Delegates of the member countries in attendance will report on the initiatives they have taken to progress the Guernsey breed in their country. In particular the reports are to cover the unique values of the Guernsey breed and how each country is convincing farmers to use the breed.

 

Speakers

USA [Download]: Brian Schnebly

Guernsey Island [Download Part 1, Part 2, Part 3]: To Be Read

UK [Download]: Chris Watson

South Africa: To Be Read

Canada [Download]: John Gordon

Australia [Download Part 1, Part 2]: Joyce Cleggett

New Zealand [Download]: Thomas Bebbington

WGCF Secretary [Download]: Courtney Walker

12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Country Reports (continued)
2.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.00pm

Fertility Focus

Discussion on the reproductive performance of the Guernsey Breed.  Identify the issues, what we can do to address them and identify strategies to realize the potential of the breed.

 

Speakers

Fertility, Genetics and Environment [Download]: Jeremy Bryant

Our Experience with Addressing Fertility In Our Herd [Download]: Bryce and Rosemarie Costar

My Experience with Addressing Fertility In My Herd [Download]: Nate Church

My Experience with Addressing Fertility In My Herd [Download Part 1, Part 2]: Morris and Philip Durbin

4.30pm  

Friday, 15 April 2016

8.30am

Genomics

Achieving a greater understanding of how Genomics can assist us in breeding a better and more competitive cow. This session will include:

The Gene to Farm project.

A project that is being undertaken by an international consortium.  Since the 14th World Guernsey Conference the WGCF has invested time and effort into this project.  The results obtained in the project will be reported.

A presentation on what genomics is and potentially how this could benefit the Guernsey Breed.

A Workshop as to how we can use genomics to our advantage to progress with the breeding of the Guernsey Cow.

 

Speakers

Gene to Farm Project [Download]: Sophie Eaglen

How Genomics Can Help Breed Better Cattle, Experiences So Far [Download]: Brian Schebly

Lessons Learnt In Implementation of Genomic Selection in Breeding Dairy Cattle for New Zealand, What Are the Implications for Numerically Smaller Breeds Such as Guernsey [Download Part 1, Part 2]: Bevin Harris

Communication [Download]:  Melissa Stephen

10.00am Morning Tea
10.30am

International Distribution and Trade; Sharing of Genetics

A presentation on how international trade of germplasm (semen and embryos) works at the level of Biosecurity.  A look also at international live animal shipments.  A discussion on how we can best achieve our desires of sharing genetics in a cost effective and managed way for the benefit of the Guernsey breed.

 

Speaker:

What the WGCF and Guernsey Breeders in each Country are Required to do to Ensure Ready Access to Semen and Embryos from All Other Countries:

My Experience with International Trade:

12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm

Maximizing the Value of Milk

 A discussion on how we can maximise the value of the milk we produce.  A look into what could potentially be done in order to receive the greatest return for the work that we do towards producing Guernsey milk.

  • What could be done?
  • What is being done?
  • What can be achieved?
 

Speakers

My Experience with Creating a Niche Product in New Zealand

Cheesemaker [Download]: Lyn Haycock

Lewis Road Creamery [Download Part 1, Part 2]: Peter Cullinane

My Experience with Creating a Niche Product in USA [Download]: Roland Ripley

My Experience with Creating a Niche Product in UK [Download Part 1, Part 2]: Digby Gribble

2.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.00pm

Continuance of the Guernsey Breed.

For our valued Guernsey cow to thrive and prosper and have longevity we must identify how we can continue to farm her in the world of today.  To quote Bob Ayles Guernsey New Zealand Life Member “The sad thing with breeding cattle is that you run out of time in your own lifetime”.

What Decisions can we make today:

  • To ensure that in 50 years from now the Guernsey Cow still has a home in her homeland.
  • That she is still regarded as a viable way of producing milk for the world population.
  • That her population and popularity grows.
  • That we can overcome barriers that we are all facing within the Dairy Industry…
 

Speakers

Discussion Leader: Chris Simpson

NZ Guernsey Farmer [Download, Speech Transcript]: Quintin Lichtwark

What Are Our Priorities for the Future: Dave Trotter

Since We Last Met In Guernsey (2013), What Have We Done Well, Where Could We Have Done Better [Download Part 1, Part 2]: Lyndon Cleggett

4.30pm

Saturday, 16 April 2016

8.30am

Open Discussion

A period of reflection and open discussion through the moderator to revisit some of the issues covered over the conference in conjunction with a panel.

10.00am Summation by Moderator [Download]: Brian Wickham
10.30am Presentation of Upcoming Conference: American Guernsey Association

Closing: Peter Marwood (Guernsey NZ)

11.00am

Morning Tea

 

11.30am  
3.00pm

Bus Depart for Evening Programme

A guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set where many of
the scenes for the award winning Lord of the Rings film
trilogy were filmed, followed by;

A banquet dinner at the Green Dragon Inn; a fun and
memorable way to conclude Conference and your visit to
New Zealand.