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Junior All American Jersey Winners

Twenty-two Jersey youth between the ages of 9 and 20 from 10 states have been recognized by the American Jersey Cattle Association as the owners of the Junior All American winners for 2013.

Milking Yearling
SW Splendor Luna, Steven T. Wetmore, Mt. Ulla, N.C., Junior All American winner
Harmony Corners Socrates 11086-ET, Trent Kilgus, Fairbury, Ill., Reserve Junior All American winner

Junior Two-Year-Old Cow
DKG Motion Oreo, Grace Hageman, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
Graybill Harvey Cybil, Ethan Graybill, Freeport, Ill., Reserve Junior All American winner

Senior Two-Year-Old Cow
Four-Hills 1st Blue 3241-ET, Megan Hill, Bristol, Vt., Junior All American winner
Kilgus Governor Maid, Trent Kilgus, Reserve Junior All American winner

Junior Three-Year-Old Cow
Payneside GG Got Milk, Ben Sauder, Tremont, Ill., Junior All American winner
Norse Star Tequila Shotski, Grant Fremstad, Westby, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner

Senior Three-Year-Old Cow
SAR Governor Merry, Tyler French, Newberry, S.C., Junior All American winner
Ahlem Action Winsome 33421, Trent Kilgus, Reserve Junior All American winner

Four-Year-Old Cow
Ratliff Sultan Velvet, Ben Sauder, Junior All American winner
Harmony Corners Fozzy-ET, Jacob Morgan, Urbana, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Five-Year-Old Cow
Willdina Jade Bee, Ben Sauder, Junior All American winner
Family Hill Comerica Flame-ET, Jody Williams, McConnelsville, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Aged Cow
Lyon Duke Dutchy, Ben Sauder, Junior All American winner
Tallys Centurion Tilly, Tabb French, Newberry, S.C., Reserve Junior All American winner

Junior Heifer Calf
DKG Motion Blinky, Trevor Greiwe, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
Ryans Louie Polly, Janelle Renee Remington, Juneau, Wis., Reserve Junior All American winner

Intermediate Heifer Calf
Miss Nastias Tequila Nutcracker-ET, Gracie Jane Krahn, Albany, Ore., Junior All American winner
M-Signature Nevada Epic, Katelyn R. Taylor, Allenwood, Penna., Reserve Junior All American winner

Senior Heifer Calf
DKG Vindication Passion, Garret Hageman, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
Miss Triple-T Sure Bet, Kyle McGuire, West Liberty, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Summer Junior Yearling
Bolle-Acres Fire Erin, Drew Bollenbacher, Argos, Ind., Junior All American winner
Tower Vue Lil Whiskey, Mason Mazzaro, Williamsfield, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Junior Yearling Heifer
DKG Jade Wild Plum, Blake Greiwe, Sidney, Ohio, Junior All American winner
J-Kay Tequila Marcy, Matthew Richards, Urbana, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Winter Yearling Heifer
Payneside Red Solo Cup, Morgan Betti, Goshen, Conn., Junior All American winner
DKG Tequila Coffee, Lane Greiwe, Quincy, Ohio, Reserve Junior All American winner

Source: All American Junior Jersey Show

New Changes at Jersey Association

Several staff changes have been made at the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Responsibilities have been expanded for Jason Robinson, manager of Jersey Marketing Service (JMS); Erica Davis, JMS Internet Marketing Coordinator; and AJCA-NAJ Area Representative Chris Lundgren.

Robinson will remain at the head of Jersey Marketing Service and add responsibilities for delivering on-farm service as Area Representative for the southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

In an extension of her current responsibilities, Davis will now contribute to editorial content and production of the monthly magazine, Jersey Journal.

Lundgren has been named to the new position of JMS Marketing Coordinator, strengthening the overall effort in JMS sales and marketing activities. He will remain Area Representative for the southern plains states with reduced responsibilities as a linear type evaluator.

In a related move, Elizabeth Moss will phase out of responsibilities as Development Specialist in the headquarters office to work full-time as an appraiser for the AJCA linear type appraisal program. She will relocate to Tennessee.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Congrats to Jersey Scholarship Winners

Seven Jersey youth pursuing degrees in animal, dairy and food science or ag business received scholarships totaling $13,000 presented by American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA).

The Russell–Malnati Scholarship for Advanced Studies of $5,000 was awarded to Morgan Randall, Soldiers Grove, Wis. The daughter of Robert and Marla Randall is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in animal science with aspirations of becoming a large animal veterinarian.

Janelle Remington, Juneau, Wis., received the Jack C. Nisbet Memorial Scholarship of $1,500. The daughter of Richard and Gail Remington is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science.

The $1,500 Bob Toole Jersey Youth Award was presented to Sydney Endres of Lodi, Wis., a freshman at UW-Madison double-majoring in dairy science and life science communications and minoring in Spanish.

The V. L. Peterson Scholarship of $1,250 was presented to Jacob T. Leum, Viroqua, Wis., who is studying animal science with an emphasis in dairy at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The son of Tom and Donna Leum established his herd nearly a decade ago with the purchase of two Jersey heifer calves.

Olivia Price Pearson, daughter of daughter of Corey and Bridgette Lutz, Lincolnton, N.C., received the Cedarcrest Scholarship of $1,500. A sophomore at North Carolina State University, Olivia is pursuing a double major in animal science and food science with a minor in agribusiness.

The William A. Russell Memorial Scholarship of $1,250 went to Jessica Nicole Smith, Picayune, Miss., daughter of Mark and Debbie Smith and a freshman at Pearl River Community College.

The $1,000 Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Andrea Lynn Smaciarz, Raymond, Wash. The daughter of Terry and Lana Smaciarz is now a junior at Oregon State University majoring in agricultural business management and animal science.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Seeks Candidates for Job Openings

The American Jersey Cattle Association is seeking highly qualified, motivated individuals to provide direct on-farm service to Jersey herd owners plus accurate cow-side evaluation for the AJCA linear type traits appraisal program. Two Area Representative & Type Appraiser positions are available, one in the Central Plains, the other in the Western U.S., as well as a part-time Type Appraiser position.

To apply, or learn more about each position, visit The American Jersey Cattle Association.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Internship Opportunities

jersey logo newPersons who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Fred Stout Experience awards.

The awards are presented annually in memory of Fred J. Stout Sr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997 who believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world.

Two awards will be offered: (1) a minimum 10-week summer marketing internship with Jersey Marketing Service, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and (2) a minimum 10-week on-farm, customized internship in Jersey herd management. Financial support is provided by a permanent endowment created by friends and colleagues of Fred Stout.

Applicants must have completed their high school education. To apply, submit a one-page résumé listing previous work experience, skills and other qualifications, plus a separate cover letter stating your ambitions, goals and career aspirations, including plans for achieving them. The letter must also explain how and why the Fred Stout Experience will be of benefit in achieving future goals. A summary of involvement with and interest in Registered Jersey cattle is required. Specify which experience (marketing internship, on-farm internship) is preferred, or indicate if you are interested in both opportunities.

Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 2, 2013 and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362. They may be sent by email to

Jersey Youth Awards

jersey logo newJersey youth receiving national-level achievement, production and scholarship awards were honored by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Winners in the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest were Cassandra Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y., first; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills, Wis., second; Natalie R. Sanders, Hilmar, Calif., third; Kelli Carstensen, Petaluma, Calif., fourth; Kara Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa, fifth; Dylan Ellenburg, Morristown, Tenn.; Hanna Bachman, Ulysses, Pa., eighth; and Valery Silva, Beaver, Ore., tenth.

Winners in the National Jersey Youth Production Contest were Kara Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa, first; Ryan Lawton, Newark Valley, N.Y.; Colin McCalister, Hilmar, Calif.; Tommy Allen, Reedsburg, Wis.; Tyler Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Jasmine Noteboom, Warwick, N.Y.; and Meagan Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; and Avery Lutz, Mocksville, N.C.; Nathan Lawton, Newark Valley, N.Y.; Cassandra Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Emily Jane Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Tricia Jo Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Maxwell Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Amber Ettinger, Kinards, S.C.; and Clayton Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Michael Kortus, Lynden, Wash. was the winner of the 2012 Pot O’Gold Production Contest and $2,408.22 for Kilgus Finalist Gem-ET. Other Jersey youth receiving awards in the contest were Nathan Lawton, Newark Valley, N.Y.; Tricia Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Tyler Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Kara Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa; Clayton Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Benjamin Colopy, Castile, N.Y.; Dore Baker, Wyoming, N.Y.; Ryan Lawton, Newark Valley, N.Y.; Tommy Allen, Reedsburg, Wis.; Korri Ann Briggs, Campbellsville, Ky.; and William Grammer, Sebring, Ohio.

The Jack C. Nisbet Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Cassandra Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y. The Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship for 2012-13 was awarded to Hannah Bachman, Ulysses, Pa. The Cedarcrest Farms Scholarship was awarded to Robyn Terrel, Honesdale, Pa. Kara Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa was awarded the the William R. Russell Memorial Scholarship and the Russell-Malnati Scholarship for Advanced Studies went to Kelli Carstensen, Petaluma, Calif. Lyman Rudgers, Attica, N.Y., won the Fred Stout Experience Award for an on-farm internship. Dylan Ellenburg, Morristown, Tenn., received the Reuben R. Cowles Youth Award.

Source: US Jersey

Judges Selected for Jersey Show

jersey logo newThe judges have been selected for The 61st All American Jersey Shows held November 9, 10 and 11, 2013 in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

Chris Lahmers, Marysville, Ohio, will officiate in The All American Jersey Show on Monday, November 11. This will be his debut as the open show judge, having judged The All American Junior Jersey Show last year and the National Jersey Jug Futurity in 2011. Chris and his family own the Brown Velvet Brown Swiss and Lah-Dale Holstein show herds and have bred five All-American Brown Swiss winners. He has worked as the dairy programs specialist for COBA/Select Sires for 14 years. His consultant will be Mike Berry, Albany, Ore.

Charles F. Luchsinger, Syracuse, N.Y., will judge the 60th National Jersey Jug Futurity on November 10. He has twice judged The All American Jersey Show and also The All American Junior Jersey Show. He was judge of the 50th Anniversary Jersey show in Riobamba, Ecuador in 2011, in addition to judging the Holstein and Brown Swiss shows at that fair. Chuck, his wife Sue and their son Charlie own and operate Silver Spring Farms, four times Premier Breeder of The All American Jersey Show and perennial Premier Breeder and Exhibitor at the New York State Fair. His consultant will be Kelli Cull, Lomira, Wis.

Judge for The All American Junior Jersey Show on November 9 will be Eric Topp, Botkins, Ohio. Topp was judge of the 2012 Mid-East Fall National Holstein Show in Louisville, and has extensive judging experience at state shows in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Topp-View Farms has developed champions at the Ohio State Fair and Spring Dairy Exposition, World Dairy Expo, and the North American International Livestock Expo. He is a dairy nutritionist for Maria Stein Grain. Craig Padgett, Waynesburg, Ky., will be the consultant.

The first and second place winners in each class of these shows will become the 2013 All American and Reserve All American honorees of the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Scholarships Announced

jersey logo newMonday, July 1 is the application deadline for six scholarships administered by the American Jersey Cattle Association, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Applications can be found online.

These awards provide financial support to Jersey youth enrolled in colleges or universities or, in some cases, seeking hands-on experience in the development and management of Registered Jersey™ cattle. Applicants must be a junior or life member of the American Jersey Cattle Association. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply for these scholarships. Letters of recommendation and the applicant’s academic transcripts must be included with the application.

The Russell–Malnati Scholarship for Advanced Studies will be awarded in the amount of $5,000. Undergraduate students who have completed at least one-half of coursework credit hours required for a degree in dairy science, animal science (dairy emphasis), large animal veterinary practice, dairy production or manufacturing, or dairy product marketing, and graduate students in those program areas are eligible to apply.

The William A. Russell Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 will be presented to a student who will begin a program of study at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2013.

The Cedarcrest Scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree in large animal veterinary practice, dairy production, dairy manufacturing, or dairy product marketing.

Also to be awarded is the $1,500 Bob Toole Jersey Youth Award, which can be used for either college expenses or a well-defined practical experience related to breeding, developing and showing Registered Jerseys™.

The V. L. Peterson Scholarship and Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to students who have completed at least one year of college or university work. The award amount for each scholarship is $1,000.

The Reuben R. Cowles Jersey Youth Award will be presented to a resident of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Applicants must be at least high school graduates, but not older than 36 years of age as of January 1, 2013. The award may be applied to college expenses or to fund a trip to the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings, The All American Jersey Show and Sale, or other Jersey educational activities. The amount of this award varies from year to year.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

TalkJersey Call for Entries

jersey logo newTalkJersey, the national public speaking and presentation contest for Jersey youth, will be held for the eighth time in Amarillo, Texas, site of the 2013 annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Jersey owners between the ages of 7 and 20 on January 1, 2013, can participate in either the live public speaking contest or the recorded presentation division.

Live Public Speaking
Demonstrations or speeches are to focus on any aspect of the Registered Jersey™ business, including current affairs and dairy industry trends. Judges will evaluate the speaker’s personal interest in the topic, as well as its appropriateness for a general dairy audience.

Participants will be divided into groups by their age on January 1, 2013 as follows: Division I, 7 to 10 years; Division II, 11 to 13 years; Division III, 14 to 16; and Division IV, 17 to 20 years.

Recorded Presentation Division
Pre-recorded narrated video or narrated PowerPoint presentations may also be entered. Presentations must be the contestant’s own work and have been created between September 1, 2012 and June 14, 2013.

The topic must be a subject directly related to Registered Jerseys™. Entries must be at least four (4) minutes in length, and feature the youth contestant as the only speaker.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Fred Stout Winners Announced

jersey logo newMeagan Bolen, Fremont, Ohio, and Wyatt Smith, Hamburg, Minn., have been selected as the 2013 recipients of the Fred Stout Experience Awards.

Meagan Bolen is the JMS Internship recipient and will begin her JMS internship in May, working on the crews for three different sales leading up to the 56th National Heifer Sale, June 29 in Amarillo, Texas.

Meagan is an animal sciences major at The Ohio State University, having completed an Associate degree in May, 2012 at the OSU Agriculture Technical Institute. Her early work experience came growing up at her family’s Jersey operation, Highland Dairy Farm, an 86-cow herd enrolled on the AJCA REAP program. She has assisted with every phase of the dairy’s management, including sire selection and breeding.

In the summer of 2011, she was an intern at Select Sires’s calf campus, established to aggressively raise young bulls up to six months of age to enhance their semen production capabilities when mature. She worked closely with the Select Sires veterinary and animal care staff in feeding, animal care, disease awareness, and monitoring medication use.

A member of both 4-H and FFA, Meagan has served as president of the OSU ATI Dairy Club, and as president, vice president and secretary of the Ohio Junior Jersey Breeders Association. She is a committee member for the 2013 Buckeye Classic Sale.

The Farm Experience recipient is Wyatt Smith. A lifelong owner of Registered Jerseys™, Wyatt Smith, Hamburg, Minn., was selected for the on-farm experience this year. He is completing his first year of studies in dairy science at the University of Minnesota.

Wyatt has been deeply involved in the operation of Smith Haven Dairy, his family’s 125-cow Jersey herd enrolled on REAP. Pursuing his particular interest in embryo transfer, Smith has helped flush cows in the herd, including performing the procedure on one of his own cows.

He has also job shadowed two veterinarians, one with a multi-herd practice and the other working for a 6,000-cow dairy. These experiences led to his decision to pursue pre-vet coursework in order to apply for veterinary college. His career goal is to focus on large animals, specifically Jerseys, and specialize in reproduction and nutrition.

Wyatt has been a member of 4-H, FFA and the Minnesota Jersey and Junior Holstein associations. He is now a member of the Gopher Dairy and Block & Bridle clubs at the University of Minnesota, and an active member of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Previous recipients of the Fred Stout Experience Award are Tara Bohnert, Illinois (2003), Allison Waggoner, South Carolina (2004), Dan Bauer, Wisconsin (2005), Aaron Horst, Pennsylvania (2006), Jacob Pieper, Maryland (2007); Katie Albaugh, Maryland (2008); Brady Core, Kentucky (2009); Ivy Roberts, Florida, and Kim Wilson, Missouri (2010); Amy Maxwell, Iowa, and Joseph Fjarlie, Wisconsin (2011); and Robert McGarry, Vermont, and Lyman Rudgers, New York (2012).

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Offers Bull Genetic Testing

jersey logo newEffective immediately, genomic testing for Jersey bulls can be ordered through the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA).

Fees for male genotyping are based on AJCA herd enrollment status and include a minimum service charge of $20 per sample, as follows:

Jersey GGP (8k):
REAP Herd fee per sample: $58.00
All Others fee per sample: $68.00

Jersey 50K
REAP Herd fee per sample: $120.00
All Others fee per sample: $135.00

Add-on tests also offered by the association—BVD-PI, horned/polled gene, and for casein A2—can also be requested and processed at the same time.

REAP Herd fee per sample: $58.00
All Others fee per sample: $68.00


REAP Herd fee per sample: $25.00
All Others fee per sample: $30.00

Casein A2:
REAP Herd fee per sample: $12.00
All Others fee per sample: $14.00

REAP is the association’s flagship program, a comprehensive service package that includes registration, Equity milk marketing support, type appraisal, and performance testing.

The recorded owner of the bull will receive the AJCA Genomic Evaluation Report as requested by email or regular mail.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Association Has Record 2012

jersey logo newThe American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) has announced that all-time records for production were established in 2012.

The official Jersey lactation average increased to 18,995 lbs. milk, 903 lbs. fat, and 691 lbs. protein. On a Cheddar cheese equivalent basis, average yield was 2,345 pounds. All break the previous records set in 2011. A total of 100,211 lactations were processed by the association in 2012, an increase of 10% over the previous year. The final total was 103,345 animals recorded, making 2012 the fourth time in five years that a new record had been set for Jersey registrations.

The AJCA also reported new records for its core herd improvement services.

2012 ended with 149,371 cows enrolled in performance evaluation programs—a gain of 11,456 cows over the 2011 all-time record. REAP enrollment grew to 145,480 cows (up 12,565 from 2011) in 930 herds (a gain of 23 from the previous year).

A new record was also reported for the functional type traits program, with 95,944 cows evaluated. 2012 was the second consecutive year that more than 94,000 cows were evaluated, and the fifth consecutive year over 80,000 scored.

2012 caps a decade of dramatic Jersey breed growth and improvement:
A 49% increase in animals identified;
A 52% increase in performance program enrollments;
A 57% increase in REAP cow enrollments; and
A 43% increase in cows scored in the Jersey type appraisal program.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Richards New Jersey Area Rep

jersey logo newCongratulations to Flint F. Richards, Erda, Utah, who has been named an Area Representative for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.

Richards will provide on-farm service in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming, and also travel nationwide as an evaluator for the AJCA Linear Type Traits Appraisal program.

A fourth-generation dairyman, Richards attended Utah State University where he worked as a research assistant for geneticist Dr. Robert C. Lamb and earned a B.S. in Animal Science magna cum laude in 1982. For over 30 years, he was an owner and manager of Richards Jersey Farm, which included 300 milking cows at its peak and achieved national recognition for milk and protein production.

Richards served eight years on the governor-appointed Utah Quality Growth Commission and as its chairman from 2009 through 2011. In 2012, he completed 16 years on the Board of Directors of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and has also served on the Utah Dairy Commission (1997-2001) and the Erda Township Planning Commission (2003-2008).

Source: US Jersey

Jersey Announces Leadership

jersey logo newThe team of Jersey breeders who will lead The 61st All American Jersey Shows & Sales were announced today by the general chairman for 2013, Corey Lutz, Lincolnton, N.C.

An annual production of the American Jersey Cattle Association, the All American is held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. More than 100 Jersey breeders and enthusiasts from across the United States donate their services to planning and staging the three shows, two sales and youth awards banquet that make up the most exciting weekend of dairy breed promotion in the world.

Patrick Gourley, Portland, Ore., will chair the Sale Committee, succeeding Jim Quist, Fresno, Calif., who will serve as the 2013 associate general chairman. The 2013 associate chair for the sale committee will be Edward F. Kirchdoerfer, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Chair of the Open Show Committee will be C. Neal Smith, Smyrna, Tenn. Named associate chair was Charles F. Luchsinger, Syracuse, N.Y.

William Grammer, Sebring, Ohio, will chair the meeting of the Junior Activities Committee, with Kari Stanek, Reedsburg, Wis., serving as the associate chair. Also serving on this committee will be the reigning National Jersey Queen, Jessica Smith, Picayune, Miss.

The National Jersey Jug Futurity Committee will be led by Dennis Post, Clinton, Wis. Sara LaFever Halliburton, Sparta, Tenn., is the associate chair.

Source: US Jersey

Jersey Youth Academy Annouced

jersey youth academyThe third class of the Jersey Youth Academy has been announced. The Academy will be held July 14 to 19 in Columbus, Ohio.

Selection was based on merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement. The 2013 keynote address will be given by James S. Huffard III, the 2012 National Dairy Shrine Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and past-President of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Dairy sustainability expert Dr. Jude Capper is also confirmed to speak. A highlight of their program will be the “Meet the Deans” session, where the young people will meet leaders from the Jersey community to gain their unique insights about the future of the dairy business with a specific focus on the Jersey cow.

Participants in the third Jersey Youth Academy, with their current academic institution, are:

Arizona: Anneke Moss, Litchfield Park (Estrella Mountain Community College).

California: Rylin Lindahl, Visalia (Immanuel High School); Amy McBirney, San Jose (California Polytechnic State University); Theresa Sweeney, Visalia (Cornell University); and Ashlan Wickstrom, Hilmar (Blinn College-Bryan).

James Holton, Dawsonville (Dawson County High School); and Matthew Holton, Dawsonville (Dawson County High School).

Taylor Leach, Linwood (Basehor-Linwood High School).

Louisiana: Morgan Richard, Elton (Louisiana State University).

Massachusetts: Kimberly Kubosiak, Southampton (Hampshire Regional High School).

Minnesota: Jon Frenchick, Paynesville (Paynesville Area High School).

Jessica Smith, Picayune (Pearl River Central High School).

New Hampshire:
Amy Gowell Drogue, Sullivan (University of New Hampshire).

New York:
Emily Chittenden, Schodack Landing (Maple Hill High School); Meagan Chittenden, Schodack Landing (Maple Hill High School); and Casey Porter, Watertown (South Jefferson High School).

North Carolina: Olivia Pearson, Lincolnton (North Carolina State University).

Ohio: Meagan Bolen, Fremont (The Ohio State University).

Oregon: Rebekah Gourley, Scio (Linn Benton Community College); Valery Silva, Beaver (Tillamook Community College); and Rebecca Thomas, Cornelius (Oregon State University).

Pennsylvania: Amber Gabel, Newport (Newport High School).

Texas: Gerret Boer, Dalhart (Dalhart High School); and Chase Koon, Emory (Sulphur Springs High School).

Washington: Katie Hutchins, Outlook (Sunnyside High School); Shannon Rodeffer, Snohomish (Iowa State University); and Andrea Smaciarz, Raymond (Oregon State University).

Wisconsin: Sean Brown, Dodgeville (Farm & Industry Short Course, University of Wisconsin-Madison); Mitchell Endres, Lodi (Lodi High School); Allison Foster, Portage (High Marq Environmental Charter School); Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills (University of Wisconsin-Platteville); Jacob Leum, Viroqua (University of Wisconsin-Platteville); Miranda Randall, Soldiers Grove (North Crawford High School); Morgan Randall, Soldiers Grove (University of Wisconsin-River Falls); Janelle Remington, Juneau (Dodgeland High School); and Kaitlyn Riley, Gays Mills (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Source: Jersey Youth Academy

Jersey Receives Memorial Gifts

jersey logo newMemorial gifts were recently received by the American Jersey Cattle Association Educational, Youth Activities and Special Awards Fund, Jersey Youth Academy and the AJCC Research Foundation.

Gifts in memory of Donald S. Sherman, Hilmar, Calif., were received for the educational fund from Richard L. and Marilyn Hughes, Bodega, Calif.; Edwin R. and Cheryl F. Ettinger, Kinards, S.C.; David E. Parkinson, Sahuarita, Ariz.; the Dallam-Hartley Counties Historical Association, Dalhart, Texas; and David R. and Agnes D. Norman, Liberty, Penna.

The Normans also made a contribution in memory of Newell J. Mills, Fallon, Nev., recipient of both the AJCC Distinguished Service Award and the Master Breeder Award who passed away December 10, 2012.

Contributions to the Vic Peterson Memorial Scholarship Fund and the AJCC Research Foundation in memory of Sandra Place, Perry, Mich., were received from members of the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club.

Lastly, William and Carolyn Ahlem, Hilmar, Calif., made a gift to Jersey Youth Academy in memory of Nanette Sherman-Taylor, Hilmar, Calif.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Annouces Staff Changes

jersey logo newThe Jersey Association has announced the retirement of David Burris; and reassignments for two staff members, Brad Barham and Elizabeth Moss.

Brad Barham, who joined the AJCA staff in January of 2012 as Business Development Specialist, will relocate to Calhoun, Tenn., and transition into the role of Southeast Area Representative starting January 1. Barham will continue working with young sire development programs, in JMS marketing, and as a linear type evaluator.

Elizabeth Moss will move to join the AJCA headquarters staff January 1. In addition to her current responsibilities as an AJCA type evaluator, she will support the association’s marketing and program development efforts as Development Specialist. Moss will also assist with JerseyTags customer service and marketing.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Breaks Record

jersey logo newThe American Jersey Cattle Association has announced that for the first time in history, it has recorded 100,000 animals in a single year.

The previous record for Jersey registrations—96,174 set in 2011—was broken early in the day on December 26, attesting to rapid expansion of the Jersey population across the United States and of producers recognizing the value of identified and performance tested Jersey cattle.

“This is a milestone for not only the association and its members, but also for the Jersey breed worldwide,” said Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer.

“The smaller, more efficient Jersey cow is the solution to the challenges of profitability and sustainability confronting dairy herd owners, no matter how small or large their operations are,” he said. “Jerseys produce the most valuable components of milk—proteins and fat—with less feed, using less energy, water and land, and with a smaller total carbon footprint.

“And through November of this year,” the Jersey CEO continued, “Jersey milk was valued from $1.58 to $3.47 more per hundredweight than the statistical blend price of Federal Order and California markets tracked by National All-Jersey Inc.”

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Jersey Youth Acadamy Receives Gifts

jersey logo newGifts in memory of Donald S. Sherman, Hilmar, Calif., have now been made by 73 individuals, companies and organizations to scholarship and educational funds operated for the benefit of Jersey youth by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Donnie, one of the 12 founding owners of Hilmar Cheese Co., was one of only 11 people to receive the two highest awards presented by the association: the Master Breeder Award in 2010 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2011. He was elected the association’s President in 2004 and served three terms.

Gifts to the D&E Scholarship Fund received from November 15 to December 10 came from James A. and Linda L. Billman, West Salem, Ohio; William J. and Valerie Christoph, Fallon, Nevada; Chipponeri Electric, Inc., Hilmar, Calif.; Clint L. Collins III, Alpine, Ala.; A. L. Gilbert Company, Oakdale, Calif.; John J. and Judy A. Jeter, Turlock, Calif.; John H. and Elaine A. Kokoski, Hadley, Mass.; Doug, Carol and Emma Lathem, Dalhart, Texas; David Santos Farming, Los Banos, Calif.; Jerry T. and Sue Spielman, Seneca, Kans.; and Charles and Carol Steer, Cottage Grove, Tenn.

A memorial gift designated for Jersey Youth Academy was received from the Virginia Tech Dairy Club.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

Three Join Jersey Staff

jersey logo newCongratulations to Melanie Tipton, Pickerington, Ohio; Stephanie Mack, Galloway, Ohio; and Claire Stanley, East Fairfield, Vt. on their new positions with the American Jersey Cattle Association! And best of luck to Ruth Ann Johnson, who is retiring after 20 years in the Herd Services Department with particular responsibility for the parentage qualification program.

Melanie Tipton will hold a position in Herd Services Customer Support. Tipton’s responsibilities will include processing registrations and transfers, JerseyTag orders, and assisting with management of the linear type appraisal program.

Stephanie Mack will hold a position as Parentage Qualification Coordinator and Herd Services Assistant. Mack’s responsibilities will include coordinating the parentage qualification program for herd owners and A.I. organizations, plus assisting with animal identification services and pedigree requests.

Claire Stanley will join the Research & Genetic Programs department staff as Genetic Services Technical Specialist. Stanley’s responsibilities will include customer support for genotyping services and JerseyTag sales, plus producing sale catalogs for Jersey Marketing Service.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association

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