News & Events

Diva Achieves Milestone Classification

January 15, 2020

On January 14, 2020, Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET was appraised Excellent 96 points by a committee of classifiers. Diva is the first Guernsey to achieve this classification since Westlynn Tom Dee in April of 1997. Diva is a familiar name to most Guernsey fans, as the Unanimous All-American Aged Cow in 2018 and dam of new young sire Drone at St Jacobs ABC. Congratulations to the Dinderman family of Orangeville, Illinois, who are the breeders and owners of this elite Guernsey cow.

AGA Seeks Summer Intern

December 26, 2019

The American Guernsey Association is seeking candidates for a Summer Intern for 2020. Candidates must be able to begin work by May 26, 2020 and complete 10 weeks in the office in Columbus, Ohio. Click the link for the full job posting. Applications are due by March 15, 2020.

2019 All-American Nominees Announced

December 18, 2019

The Nominating Committee has spoken, and the 2019 Guernsey All-American & Junior All-American Nominees have been announced. Check them out on the All-American page! Winners will be announced in January, and all will be published in the Spring Guernsey Breeders' Journal.

AGA Announces Online Pedigree System

December 17, 2019

The American Guernsey Association is pleased to announce that an Online Guernsey Pedigree Search will be available to Guernsey enthusiasts beginning in January 2020. This service will be free to all TPE members and will be offered at a nominal yearly fee to other individuals and companies. To learn more about the system, pre-enroll for an account and watch a tutorial video, click the link!

AGA Fees Set to Change January 1

December 12, 2019

The American Guernsey Association Board of Directors approved changes to the AGA fee schedule, effective January 1, 2020. This includes changes to registration costs and junior membership, as well as the addition of a National Show Rush transfer fee. For a complete update, follow the link. 

The AGA strongly recommends breeders to submit their pending registrations by the end of 2019. All applications emailed, postmarked or submitted online prior to midnight EST on 12/31/2019 will be charged based on the previous fee schedule.

December 2019 CPI List Update

December 12, 2019

The breeder of the previously published #1 CPI Cow for December 2019 alerted the AGA staff that the cow's Genetic Recovery status may have been improperly recorded. Upon further investigation, staff found that the cow should have been recorded as a PR- in the program, and was no longer eligible for the CPI List. The CPI List has been updated to reflect this change. You can find all December 2019 Sire Summary information at usguernsey.com/pedigree-system

Idle Gold Benefit Embryo Raffle

September 24, 2019

Raffle tickets are being sold to benefit the Idle Gold Farm ~ Neil Jensen Family, to win 3 Embryos Sired by Idle Gold A Herald-P X Your choice of these dams: Trotacre Tiller Maelyn, Trotacre Primetime Marilyn, and Trotacre Ernie Madalyn. The winner will be chosen at the conclusion of World Dairy Expo! 

You can Purchase tickets online at: https://www.cognitoforms.com/AmericanGuernseyAssocPurebredPublications/IdleGoldBenefitEmbryoRaffle  , or in person at WDE by contacting Cara or Robin. 

Contact Cara Trotter for more information! 

Seeking Junior Show Sponsors!

August 29, 2019

The AGYA is seeking sponsors for the 2019 National Junior Shows in Puyallup, Harrisburg, Madison, and Louisville. These shows are crucial to youth development and networking, and put a spotlight on our youth members' efforts. Contribute today at usguernsey.com/shows to support our youth and be recognized across several media platforms!

August 2019 Sire Summary Information Available

August 16, 2019

All reports from the August 2019 Genetic Update are now available at usguernsey.com/pedigree-system.

Along with the updated genetic information, Guernsey performance pedigrees now sport several new traits! The traits added are Livability (LIV), Heifer Conception Rate (HCR), Cow Conception Rate (CCR), Gestation Length (GL), and Expected Future Calving (EFC). These traits will be published for all animals with genetic indexes alongside their reliability %. See the photo for an example, and the links below for more information:

Early First Calving: https://www.uscdcb.com/cdcb-changes-to-evaluation-system-april-2019/

Gestation Length: https://queries.uscdcb.com/News/gestation_length_07_06_2017.htm

Livability: http://www.holsteinusa.com/pdf/genomic_ref_info/New_Trait_Cow_Livability_Now_Available.pdf

HCR: Heifer conception rate
A virgin heifer’s ability to conceive – defined as the percentage of inseminated heifers that become pregnant at each service. An HCR of 1.0 implies that daughters of this bull are 1% more likely to become pregnant as a heifer than daughters of a bull with an evaluation of 0.0

CCR: Cow conception rate
A lactating cow’s ability to conceive – defined as the percentage of inseminated cows that become pregnant at each service. A bull’s CCR of 1.0 implies that daughters of this bull are 1% more likely to become pregnant during that lactation than daughters of a bull with an evaluation of 0.0.

*source: us.altagenetics.com

Crosser Joins AGA in Advisory Role

August 09, 2019

The American Guernsey Association is pleased to announce that Blaine Crosser has joined the organization as Management Consultant. In this volunteer role, Crosser will assist the Association in managing finances, organizational structure, reaching genetic improvement goals and other various projects. In his 42 years at Select Sires, Crosser was a strong advocate for the Guernsey breed, not only in his career but as a volunteer on many AGA committees, the Guernsey Foundation and Guernsey Gold Sires. The AGA Board and Staff looks forward to working with Crosser to continue to improve and expand the breed.

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