The AJCC Research Foundation has issued a request for research proposals to be funded in 2021 addressing significant issues for the Jersey breed and Jersey milk producers, according to an announcement from the American Jersey Cattle Assn. (AJCA).
Current priorities for research funding are:
- Nutrition of high-producing Jerseys, particularly practical feeding methods to maximize production of valuable milk components;
- Factors affecting management of Jersey calves;
- Factors affecting semen production of Jersey bulls;
- Factors affecting yield and/or quality of products manufactured from Jersey milk;
- Factors affecting economic impact of Jerseys: efficiencies, net income, longevity, and lifetime profit;
- Optimizing the genetic basis for improving animal health and/or enhancing product quality;
- Enhancing environmental impact associated with Jerseys;
- New technologies for safe and sustainable food production from Jersey cattle, and
- Feasibility of adding value and increasing consumer acceptance of Jersey-derived products through enhanced product quality and branding.
Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2020. The AJCA research advisory committee will evaluate the proposals, then forward its recommendations to the AJCA board of directors, which will award funds at its meeting in March 2021, the announcement said.
Submissions are evaluated for (a) merit (e.g., potential to advance practical knowledge, creative approach to the problem); (b) competence (i.e., high probability of successful completion within the proposed time frame); and (c) relevance (e.g., problem derived from one of the areas of research priority).
Since 1988, the foundation has awarded more than $1 million in seed money for selected projects. Funding is in the form of seed money and has averaged $8,900 per project since 2011.
Detailed information about the Competitive Grants Program can be requested from Cari W. Wolfe, AJCA director of research and genetic program development, at (614) 322-4453.