Members of the CMJA will influence the development of Canada's first Miniature Jersey registry, support the growth of the Miniature Jersey breed in Canada, and receive discounted rates on registrations and transfers.
Founding members will receive priority access to registering their herd prefix and qualifying animals once the CMJA receives approval from Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada as the nationally recognized Miniature Jersey registry.
Registrations & Transfers
The CMJA will provide registry and herdbook services to our members. Transfers from other miniature Jersey registries will be accepted, provided the animals meet CMJA breed standards.
We will allow the registration of mid-size Jerseys as breeding stock to ensure that we do not lose valuable genetics, while our genetic recovery program will recover the lost lineages of unregistered Miniature Jersey cattle.
We observe the height requirements established by the original Miniature Jersey breeders. Cows will measure no taller than 44 inches at the top of the hip at three years of age, and bulls no taller than 46 inches. Mid-size cows that exceed 44 inches but are under 46 inches and meet all other breed requirements will be accepted as breeding stock.
To breed healthy animals with longevity and keep the Miniature Jersey as a functioning dairy cow, we will use DNA testing to prevent genetic defects like Chondrodysplasia. Parentage verification will be used to verify the herd's lineage and maintain the herd book's integrity.
Our goal is to increase genetic diversity and grow the Miniature Jersey breed from within Canada. Our grading up program will allow for the registration of crossbred cows (small standard Jerseys bred with other select miniature breeds such as Dexter and Lowline) as foundation animals.
When a foundation cow is bred with a purebred Miniature Jersey bull that meets the CMJA breed standards, the resulting offspring can be registered as a percentage purebred. The purity increases with each successive generation until they eventually reach purebred status within the CMJA.