African Jersey Forum Conference 2023 – Resources

Thank you to everyone who joined for the African Jersey Forum Conference 2023, at the end of June.

Visitors to Malawi enjoyed two days of farm tours, alongside a day’s Conference at the Protea Hotel on 28th June.

The Conference was also streamed online around the globe.

Videos of the Conference presentations can be viewed below once available, and pdfs of the slides are also available to download.

Mr Robert Perchard – President Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society
Welcoming Comments to Malawi audience

Deputy Carolyn Labey – Jersey Minister for International Development
Welcoming Comments to Malawi audience

Video about Conference hosts:
Shire Highlands Milk Producers Association (SHMPA), Malawi

Dr Bettie Kawonga, PhD – Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
Dairy Production Systems in Malawi

Dr Bettie Kawonga – slides


Brendon Irvine – Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Development of a Stabilized Jersey – Bos Indicus Cross for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Conditions

Brendon Irvine – slides

Dr Tiffany Wood – Dyneval Limited
An introduction to Dynescan – Expert Semen Quality Analysis

Dr Tiffany Wood – slides

Dr Tim Byrne – Abacus Bio
Dairy Genetic Improvement Programme Design – A National Approach

Dr Tim Byrne – slides

Video about Jersey South Africa

Dr Bernice Mostert – SA Studbook
Breeding a Sustainable Jersey for Africa

Dr Bernice Mostert – slides

John Sassel – JS Africa
Jerseys in West Africa – Milking for Profit

John Sassel – slides

David Hambrook – Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RJAHS)
RJA&HS D4D Programmes Review

David Hambrook – slides

Dr Barnabas Chitalu – Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) / Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society
Building a Resilient Smallholder Dairy system in Zambia

Dr Barnabas Chitalu – slides


Simon Boas – Jersey Overseas Aid
Closing address to the Malawi audience

As well as in Malawi, a crowd also gathered in Kigali, Rwanda to watch the Presentation.…

African Jersey Forum Conference 2023

The 2023 African Jersey Forum Conference is scheduled for Wednesday the 28th of June and will be the first in-person event hosted by the AJF since its launch in 2019. The event will be a hybrid of the 2019 and 2021 events, with a video stream broadcast from Jersey Island  featuring a range of invited speakers and videos, broadcast to an invited live audience in Blantyre, Malawi.  The conference is hosted by the Shire Highlands Milk Producers’ Association (SHMPA), the RJA&HS’s long standing project partner in Malawi.

Details are as follows:

Wednesday 28th June 2023
Start time: 8.30am BST (UK time)
Expected finish time: 4pm BST (UK time)

Watch link:

ILRI Podcast – Livestock are a Vehicle for a Better World

Susan MacMillan knows why livestock matter. An ILRI Emeritus Fellow, she has led public awareness and advocacy communications at ILRI for nearly 33 years.

In the latest episode of The Boma, Elliot Carleton and Brenda Coromina find out how Susan went from being an Ohio native who had never even glimpsed a living cow, to becoming one of the most passionate advocates for livestock farming in developing countries today.

In a wide-ranging and informative talk she explains how the modern stigma against livestock farming in some countries was born from good intentions, her respect for vegetarians and vegans, and why livestock matter for countless people in the world today and tomorrow.…

Videos from SHMPA – Malawi

The Shire Highlands Milk Producers Association (SHMPA) is a dairy farmers association with over 10,000 members, accounting for over 90% of milk produced in Malawi.

You can find out more about SHMPA by watching the videos below:


Margaret – a dairy small holder’s success story


Brian Lewis – SHMPA Advisor


Zione – Project Officer


Godfrey Kwelete – Field Livestock Technician (FLT)


Roulex Owino – Vet


Annie Benjamin – Dairy Farmer


Ruth – Manager of Mpembe Milk Collection Centre

Martha – Mpembe Farm Manager


The African Jersey Forum is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) 2022 Virtual Conference.

On Tuesday 25th January, the BCBC will host the Virtual Conference – titled “A Breath of Fresh Air”.

A packed programme of expert speakers from the UK and beyond will inform and inspire delegates.

The theme for the conference is ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ to reflect BCBC chair Karen Wonnacott’s drive to deliver positive, forward-looking messages after the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the current challenges facing the agricultural industry.

Building mental resilience is the theme for the opening session with former international Rugby Union referee and beef farmer Nigel Owens.…

Malawi dairy project selected for livestock innovation database

The Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RJA&HS) is pleased to have contributed to an online database that illustrates 20 innovative projects aimed at improving resilience of smallholder farmers through upgrading livestock systems. Our contribution focuses on the Malawi Dairy Growth (MDG) Phase II project (2021-2024), managed by the RJA&HS, implemented by the Shire Highlands Milk Producers’ Association (SHMPA), and funded by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA).

The online database showcases how livestock keepers around the world are adapting and becoming more resilient in the face of climate change. The map highlights the vast potential for promoting climate resilience that exists in livestock around the world.…

Virtual Conference 2021 – Resources

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Conference on 2 & 3 November 2021.

Videos of the Conference, along with Presentation slides for the 2021 African Jersey Forum Virtual Conference are now available to view and download below.



Day 1 – Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Day 2 – Wednesday 3rd November 2021

In the Description section underneath the video, you can find a list of speakers and timestamps (in blue). You may need to click on See More, to view. Click on the timestamp, to go straight to that section of the video.



The Presentations slides are now available to download below, in the order they appeared in the Conference:



Join the Virtual Conference 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the African Jersey Forum Virtual Conference, titled ‘The Jersey Footprint in Africa’.


The event is scheduled over 2 days: Tuesday 2nd November 0900 – 1300 and Wednesday 3rd November 0900 – 1300 (UK times).


To view the Conference online, please use the following link: (The link is the same for both days)


Day 1 will focus primarily on Ethiopia, with Day 2 concentrating on Continental Africa.


A vast range of presentations from expert speakers so far confirmed, are lined up over the course of the two days, which include:


Project Mercy Transforming Smallholder Dairy Farming in the Chacha area of Ethiopia, through a Jersey Breed led model
Send a Cow Ethiopia Dairy for Nutrition and Income in Wolayita Zone, Ethiopia
SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) Journey of Developing Inclusive and Profitable Dairy Value Chain for Pastoralist community in Borena Project
Zelalum Yilma Kidane Data from Ethiopia
Dr Ally Okeyo Mwai Novel application of Information and Communication and genomic Technologies to identify and promote more productive, profitable and adapted dairy genetics in Africa-Experiences in Ethiopia and Tanzania
Dr Isidore Houaga Introducing the African Animal Breeders Network
Dr Peter Edmondson The Importance of Data in Managing Fertility in Smallholder Farmer Systems
Dr Oluyinka Opoola Review of the Jersey Breed in Africa
Dr Jude Capper Sustainability in smallholder farming in Africa
Chris Cloete South Africa – Jerseys in our country – the opportunities, the challenges, the customer
Ross Kietzman Mozambique – Jerseys in our country – the opportunities, the challenges, the customer


The Conference will be recorded and shared with anyone who is unable to attend.…

Save the date – the AJF Virtual Conference 2021 – ‘The Jersey Footprint’

Please save the date (UK time) for the upcoming African Jersey Forum Virtual Conference 2021, generously supported by Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and hosted by the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RJA&HS) in Jersey, Channel Islands and Project Mercy in Ethiopia.

In June 2019, a regional dairy workshop, looking at ‘Why Dairy? Why Jersey?’ was hosted by the World Jersey Cattle Bureau at their annual meetings in Kigali, Rwanda where the African Jersey Forum was launched. The highly successful workshop focused equally on the importance of why dairy, before showcasing how Jersey cattle breed genetics and the support of Jersey Island have been improving the lives of many African families and how the Jersey cow could influence the future more widely across the continent.…