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 20th 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 conference, scheduled for Sept. 12-21, 2014 in Cape Town and Arniston, South Africa.

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 JETA 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 Bureau, 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.

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 reasons for attending the conference. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted.

May 1, 2014 is the deadline for U.S. applicants to submit materials to the American Jersey Cattle Association, by mail to 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362, or by email to info@usjersey.com. Details on the application process are posted at www.usjersey.com/News/JETA_2014_USApplication.pdf.

The complete program for the 2014 International Conference, hosted by Jersey South Africa, is published at www.jerseysa.co.za. Registration closes April 15.

The World Jersey Cattle Bureau is made up of national Jersey cattle associations, individuals and other organizations, that has four main strands of activity in support of the Jersey breed of dairy cattle: communication, world Jersey events, youth programs and knowledge transfer. For more information, visit its web site, http://wjcb.wildapricot.org.