JERSEY breed stalwart Peter Ness has been honoured with life membership of Jersey Australia.

TIME RECOGNISED: Peter and Wendy Ness, Nyowee, Mount Compass, at the Jersey Australia national conference dinner where Mr Ness was honoured with life membership.

Mr Ness, who farms at Nyowee, Mount Compass, with wife Wendy, is also the president of Jersey Australia.

He was surprised with announcement at the Jersey Australia national conference, held this year in the Barossa Valley.

Jersey Australia board member Trevor Saunders said the membership was “not something we give lightly”.

He said honourees typically demonstrated years of work for the breed and, while putting in those years, display an integrity.

“(Mr Ness) has played a major role in building the structure of Jersey Australia and helped significantly in its gaining acceptance,” he said.

Mr Saunders said it can be difficult for farmers to find the time to make a significant contribution but Mr Ness, with the support of his wife, was heavily involved in the shaping the governance of the organisation, as well as being involved in classification of animals.

He has also served as the vice president on the Oceania region of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau.

Mr Ness was visibly shocked by the announcement.

“It’s been a privilege to be able to help the Jersey breed,” he said.

“It was great to be there and be part of the group setting Jersey Australia up.”

He noted the influence of the Mount Compass Jersey Cattle Club, which recently celebrated 50 years.

“There were a lot of state members on the cattle club thatmentored me along,” he said.

“It’s been a great journey, I’ve met a lot of really nice people and seen some great cows, not only here but overseas.”

On the same night the Ness family was also awarded with a gold membership award, for using services of the organisation, and a silver production award.

Nyowee milks 169 cows, produces 5767 litres of milk with 269 kilograms of fat and 210kg of protein.

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