The Foundation Miniature Jersey is classified
as being under 42” in height with a number of them being in the range
of 32” to 36” or smaller. For purposes of the AMJA&R the Foundation stock
will therefore be 42” and under. Small Jerseys that are between 42” and
46” will be classified as Mid-sized Jerseys.
Foundation Miniature Jersey
The number of Foundation Miniature Jerseys
in the country is very small. Therefore in order to expand the breed and
keep it strong and accomplish the popular Miniature size the Registry
will accept percentage animals sired by Miniature Jersey registered sires.
The breeder can work with the percentage animals and gradually breed them
up to the status known as Native Pure (bred in this country) when they
reach 7/8 or more Miniature Jersey blood. This is known as the Miniature
Jersey Upbreeding Program.
- Ideally a beginning breeder may want to buy a Registered Miniature
Jersey bull or semen and some registered Miniature Jersey cows. In lieu
of these cows they may wish to use standard Jersey cows and gradually
breed down in size.
- Because of the current small genetic base for the Miniature Jersey
breed another option for a beginning breeder would be to buy a Registered
Miniature Jersey bull or semen and some small cows of another breed
or combination of breeds. The offspring of these animals can be registered
with the AMJA&R. It is important to report the bloodlines of your animals
as accurately as possible and the registry will put these breakdowns
on the animal’s pedigree. In this manner the integrity of the breeder
and the registry and the satisfaction of the buyer will all remain in
- If a breeder has started with Registered Belfair cattle (1/2 Miniature
Jersey/1/2 Dexter this is a reminder that the Belfair Registry has been
included in the American Miniature Jersey Association and Registry and
it will benefit owners of Belfair cows to mate them to Miniature Jersey
and use them in the Miniature Jersey upbreeding program. Belfair bulls
which are 1/2 Miniature Jersey and 1/2 Dexter will be accepted by the
AMJA&R for registry however the use of Miniature Jersey Foundation bulls
is the mating of choice in the Miniature Jersey upbreeding program.
Because of the Miniature status, the calves are to
be reported on a Report of Birth form prior to becoming 6 months of
age (late recording results in a late fee being assessed). When these
Birth Reported calves reach 3 years of age (maturity) they are to be
measured for height and at this time a Registration Application is submitted
to the AMJA&R. They will be issued an appropriate Permanent Registration
Certificate designating their status, depending upon their height measurement,
to be Miniature or mid-miniature.
In the realm of homestead or small-acreage
cows these little cows are valuable assets, whether they are miniature
or mid-miniature in size. The AMJA& R wishes to encourage accuracy on
all counts in the recording of these animals, i.e. detail of their bloodlines
and their height measurement.
- Registration of Breeding Stock females.
Breeding stock of breeds other than Miniature Jersey are to be registered
so that all animals in a pedigree will show as registered. They will
be registered for a $10.00 fee.
The AMJA&R Miniature Jersey breeding
program is designed to be available to all who wish to participate.
Anyone having questions may feel free
American Miniature Jersey Association and Registry LLC,
Registrar, Maureen Neidhardt at 308-665-1431 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
American Miniature Jersey Association and Registry LLC, Founder, Fonnie
Thoman at 740- 256-1724 or e-mail to email@example.com
Information and Forms are also available
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