Jersey Journal, December 2021

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Official Publication of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. 6486 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH, 43068–2362. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) weekdays. Phone: 614/861-3636. Fax: 614/861-8040. Email Website:

In this issue:

Volume 68 • No. 12 • December 2021 • ISSN: 0021-5953

Editor: Kimberly A. Billman Managing Editor: Tracie Hoying Website Coordinator and Editorial Editor: Michele Ackerman Administrative Assistant, Communications: Autumn Bowlby Communications Interns: Lindsay L’Amoreaux and Abbey Werstler Meet the Families of Vierra Dairy Farms


FEATURES 36 President and Director Elections for 2022 24 Summary of November AJCA, NAJ Board Meetings 18 Vierra Dairy: More than a Pretty Show Ring Face

Transfer Your Embryos with


SHORTS 33 AJCA Office Staff Phone Directory

COVER And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2: 8-14. The Christmas story is recreated through our December cover. Thank you to Renee McCauley, Tumblweed Jerseys, Lowell, Mich., for the photo. Merry Christmas from the staff of USJersey.


39 Give Lifetime Membership as a Gift


14 Maryland Virginia Milk Producers Recognize 25-Year Member


AJCA, NAJ Board Members


Advertising Index

14 Secret to Happiness is Giving Back

14 Along the Jersey Road

14 Transfer Applications for Embryo Transfers Now Online

10 Calendar 17 Editorial 6

Field Service Staff

40 In Memoriam



Jersey Journal Subscription Rates

42 Journal Shopping Center

28 Dairyland Protein Sale

32, 34 Letters to the Editor

30 Ohio Fall Production Sale

14 New Members

38 Reaching for the Stars Sale

10 Registration Fees

27 Top of the World Sale

10 Type Appraisal Schedule

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To improve and promote the Jersey breed of cattle, and to increase the value of and demand for Jersey milk and for Jersey cattle. Official Publication of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. 6486 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH, 43068–2362 614.861.3636 phone 614.861.8040 fax

Company and Department Heads Executive Secretary: Treasurer: Information Technology (interim): Director of Communications: Director of Field Services: Jersey Marketing Service: National All-Jersey Inc. and Herd Services: Research and Genetic Program Development:

Neal Smith, 614/322-4455 Vickie White, 614/322-4452 Larry Wolfe, 614/322-4463 Kimberly A. Billman, 614/322-4451 Kristin A. Paul, 209/402-5679 Greg Lavan, 614/216-8838 Erick Metzger, 614/322-4450 Cari W. Wolfe, 614/322-4453

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Editor: Kimberly A. Billman Editorial Editor: Michele Ackerman Managing Editor: Tracie Hoying Administrative Assistant: Autumn Bowlby Interns: Lindsay L’Amoreaux and Abbey Werstler

AJCA-NAJ Area Representatives Director of Field Services: Kristin A. Paul, 209/4025679 (mobile); 614/322-4495 (fax); kpaul@usjersey. com. Illinois and Wisconsin. Danielle Brown, 614/266-2419 (mobile); dbrown@ Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Sydney Endres, 614/313-5818 (mobile); sendres@ Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Scott Holcomb, 614/563-3227 (mobile); sholcomb@ Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Seth Israelsen, 614/216-9727 (mobile); sisraelsen@ Advance Services Consultant; Idaho, Nevada and northern California.

Greg Lavan, 614/216-8838 (mobile); glavan@usjersey. com. Michigan and Ohio. Rylee McCown, 614/296-3621 (mobile); rmccown@ Arizona, California, New Mexico and west Texas. Ron Mosser, 614/264-0142 (mobile); 260/368-7687 (fax); Indiana and Kentucky. Jason Robinson, 614/216-5862 (mobile); jrobinson@ Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, east Texas and Virginia. Brenda Snow, 802/249-2659 (mobile); 614/322-4483; Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Scott Holcomb, above Seth Israelsen, above Greg Lavan, above Andy Paulson, 614/296-4166; Scott Stanford, 614/284-1478;

American Jersey Cattle Association Board of Directors Officers President: Jonathan Merriam, 12136 Riverview Rd., Hickman, CA 95323-9605. Phone 209/324-4983; Vice President: Joel Albright, 1855 Olive Rd., Willard, OH 44890. Phone 419/512-1756; albrightjerseys@gmail. com. Fourth District. 2022. Directors Joel Albright, see officers. Fourth District. 2022. Karen Bohnert, 1300 179th Street N, East Moline, IL 61244. Phone 563/320-2895; karenbohnert@hotmail. com. Sixth District. 2023. Tyler Boyd, 19784 Patricia Lane, Hilmar, CA 95324. Phone 209/585-7118; Twelfth District. 2022. Rebecca Ferry, 193 Lagrange Rd., Johnstown, NY 12095. Phone 518/248-9294; dreamroadjerseys@yahoo. com. Second District. 2023. Ralph Frerichs, 3117 St. Hwy. 159., La Grange, TX 78945-4226. Phone 979/249-3012; frerichs@cvctx. com. Ninth District. 2024.

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For assistance in Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; please contact Kristin Paul.

Type Traits Appraisal Team Senior Appraiser: Ron Mosser, 614/264-0142, above Danielle Brown, above Kelly Epperly, 614/530-6918; Mark Fisher, 209/765-7187; Dyon Helmuth, 614/264-0140;

Subscriber Services

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National All-Jersey Inc. Board of Directors Officers President: John Kokoski, 57 Comins Rd., Hadley, MA 01035. Phone 413/531-2116; jkokoski@maplelinefarm. com. Vice President: James S. Huffard III, 165 Huffard Lane, Crockett, VA 24323. Phone 276/724-0067; hdfjersey@ Directors Sam Bok, 11310 Krouse Rd., Defiance, OH 43512. Phone 419/576-0012; District 7. 2025 Jason Cast, 4011 A Street Rd., Beaver Crossing, NE 68313-9417. Phone 402/641-2255; jjcjerseys@gmail. com. District 1. 2023. Garry Hansen, ex officio, see AJCA.

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Rogelio “Roger” Herrera, 7114 Youngstown Rd., Hilmar, CA 95324. Phone 209/485-0003; District 2. 2025. James S. Huffard III, see officers. District 5. 2024. John Kokoski, see officers. District 3. 2025. John Marcoot, 526 Dudleyville Rd. Greenville, IL. 62246. Phone 618/322-7239; District 4. 2022. Jonathan Merriam, ex officio, see AJCA officers. Walter Owens, 412 350th Ave., Frederic, WI 54837. Phone 715/566-1910; District 6. 2023. Veronica Steer, 1060 Banks Levey Rd., Cottage Grove, TN 38224. Phone 731/693-8462; veronicasteer@hotmail. com. District 8. 2022. Bradley Taylor, ex officio, see AJCA.

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ABS Global.......................................... 16 Accelerated Genetics............................ 9 Ahlem Farms Partnership................... 22 Albright Jerseys LLC........................... 32 American Jersey Cattle Association ................................................ 28, 29, 42 Avi-Lanche Jerseys............................. 44 Avon Road Jersey Farm..................... 40 Bachelor Farms................................... 30 Biltmore Farms.................................... 25 Boer Jerseys....................................... 38 Boks Jersey Farm............................... 32 Bos Dairy............................................... 4 Brenhaven Jerseys............................... 8 Brentwood Farm.................................. 22 California Jerseys.................... 12, 13, 22 Cantendo Acres.................................. 32 Cedar Mountain Jerseys..................... 34 Cinnamon Ridge Dairy........................ 27 Circle S Jerseys.................................. 34 Clauss Dairy Farm.............................. 22 Clover Patch Dairy.............................. 32 Cold Run Jerseys LLC........................ 32 Cowbella Creamery at Danforth Jersey Farm .............................................. 33 Crescent Farm.................................... 34 D&D Jerseys....................................... 40 D&E Jerseys....................................... 44 Dan’s Electronic Repair Service......... 27 Den-Kel Jerseys.................................. 33 Dreamroad Jerseys LLC..................... 33 Dutch Hollow Farm.............................. 15 Edn-Ru Jerseys................................... 39 Enhanced Genetics............................. 22 Fire-Lake Jerseys................................ 22 Forest Glen Jerseys.............................. 3 Four Springs Jerseys.......................... 39 Genervations....................................... 19 Goff Dairy............................................ 21

Grazeland Jerseys Ltd........................ 32 Heaven Scent Jerseys........................ 33 Her-Man Jerseys................................. 38 Highland Farms, Inc............................ 34 Highland Jersey Farm......................... 32 Hi-Land Farms.................................... 26 High Lawn Farm.................................. 34 Huffard Dairy Farms............................ 25 Iowa Jerseys................................. 27, 30 Irishtown Acres.................................... 39 JNB Farm............................................ 39 Jersey Journal......................... 11, 31, 42 Jer-Z-Boyz Ranch............................... 22 Jersey Marketing Service................... 42 Journal Shopping Center.................... 42 K&R Jerseys....................................... 26 Kevetta Farms..................................... 33 Lady-Lane Farm.................................. 41 Lawtons Jersey Farm.......................... 33 Legendairy Farms................................. 7 Lucky Hill Jersey Farm........................ 34 Mapleline Farm................................... 34 Marcoot Jersey Creamery.................. 38 Martin Dairy LLC................................. 41 Messmer Jersey Farm........................ 41 Mills Jersey Farm LLC........................ 34 Minnesota Jerseys.............................. 26 National Jersey Jug Futurity............... 23 New England Jerseys......................... 34 New York Jerseys.......................... 15, 33 Nobledale Farm................................... 39 Normandell Farms.............................. 39 Oat Hill Dairy....................................... 26 Ohio Jerseys....................................... 32 Oregon Jerseys........................... 3, 7, 41 Owens Farms Inc................................ 40 Pennsota Jerseys................................ 26

Pennsylvania Jerseys.......................... 39 Pine Hill Jersey Farm LLC.................. 32 Revolution Genetics.............................. 2 Richardson Family Farm..................... 34 Riverside-F Farms............................... 39 Rock Bottom Dairy.............................. 30 Scotch View Farms............................. 33 Select Sires, Inc...................... 19, 42, 43 Shenandoah Jerseys.......................... 34 Silver Maple Farms............................. 34 Silver Spring Farm.............................. 33 South-Mont Farm................................ 39 Spahr Jersey Farm, Inc....................... 32 Spatz Cattle Company........................ 39 Spring Valley Farm.............................. 10 Springdale Jerseys Inc........................ 34 Spruce Row Jerseys........................... 39 Steinhauers Jerseys........................... 40 Stoney Hollow Jerseys........................ 39 Summit Farm....................................... 27 Sun Valley Jerseys.............................. 41 Sunbow Jerseys.................................. 27 Tauchen Harmony Valley Inc............... 40 Taylor Jersey Farm Inc........................ 39 U-Fashion Jerseys LLC....................... 32 Vanderfeltz Jerseys............................. 39 Vierra Dairy Farms........................ 12, 13 Waverly Farm...................................... 25 White Rock Jerseys............................ 34 Wilsonview Dairy................................. 41 Wisconsin Jerseys.............................. 40 This index is provided as an additional service. The Jersey Journal assumes no liability for errors or omissions. The Jersey Journal does not guarantee quality, delivery time, or availability of items ordered from commercial advertisers. Any advertisements for sales before the 20th of the month of the publication cannot be guaranteed.

The American Jersey Cattle Association promotes the use of authentic and unaltered photographic images of Jersey animals, and disapproves of the use of any photographic images that alter the body of the Jersey animal. The American Jersey Cattle Association therefore requests that all photographic images of Jersey animals submitted for publication in the Jersey Journal contain no alterations to the body of the animal. Despite its best efforts to ensure that only unaltered photographs of Jersey animals are used in this publication, the American Jersey Cattle Association cannot guarantee that every photographic image of a Jersey animal is authentic and unaltered.

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Every effort is made to keep the calendar listings as accurate as possible. However, dates are sometimes changed or events cancelled without notice. When your association schedules an event, notify the Journal staff at least 60 days in advance by sending email to or phoning 614/861-3636.

Type Appraisal Schedule

POLICY: Areas will be appraised in the order listed. If you wish to appraise and do not receive an application 30 days prior to the appraisal, please request one from Appraisal Office Coordinator Lori King by telephone, 614/322-4457, or email lking@usjersey. com. Apply online at Applications can also be printed from the USJersey website at http://www.usjersey. com/forms/ttaapplication.pdf. DECEMBER—Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and southern Georgia; Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Delaware; Pennsylvania and New Jersey. JANUARY—North Carolina and South Carolina; Kentucky, Tennessee and northern Georgia; and Wisconsin. FEBRUARY—Arkansas and Missouri; Indiana and Illinois; Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. MARCH­— Washington, Oregon and northern California; and New York. APRIL—California and Nevada.


DEC. 31—National Jersey Jug Futurity payments due for 2024 entries. JAN. 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the February evaluation release. JAN. 15—Nominations are due in the AJCA-NAJ office for Young Jersey Breeders, Master Breeder, Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service

awards. FEB. 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the March evaluation release. MAR. 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the April evaluation release. MAR. 1—National Jersey Youth Achievement contest applications are due. MAR. 1—National Jersey Youth Production Contest entries due. Forms available from the USJersey website. MAR. 1—Living Lifetime Production contest applications are due. Cows alive as of December 31, 2021, are eligible. Minimum DHIR production levels for nominating are 225,000 lbs. milk, 10,000 lbs. fat, and 8,000 lbs. protein. APR. 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the May evaluation release. APR. 21—Deadline for AJCA director petitions to be in the AJCA office. APR. 25—Deadline for NAJ director petitions to be in the AJCA office. MAY 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the June evaluation release. JUNE 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the July evaluation release. JULY 1—Applications for National Jersey Youth Scholarships due. JULY 1—Genomic samples must be to lab prior to this date for the August evaluation release.


DEC. 15—CHRISTMAS WRAPPED GENOMICS SALE, via; sale closes at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on the 15th; Jersey Marketing Service, sale mgr.; JAN. 12—WELCOME TO 2022 GENOMICS SALE, via; sale closes at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on the 12th; Jersey Marketing Service, sale mgr.; MAR. 5—AMP UP YOUR GENETIC BASE SALE,

Registration Fees Effective April 1, 1999 Applications Member Non-Member

All Other Applications Member Non-Member

Under six (6) months................................................ $15.00 $17.00 Applications 1-50.............................. $12.00 $14.00 Applications 51-200............................ 10.00 12.00 Applications over 200 on REGAPP....................................................... 7.00 (All figures based on calendar year) 6-12 months............................................ 17.00 20.00 19.00 22.00 12-24 months.......................................... 22.00 25.00 24.00 27.00 Over 24 months...................................... 30.00 35.00 32.00 37.00 Dead Animals May Be Registered For A Fee of $5.00 Duplicate or Corrected Certificates Will Be Issued For A Fee of $5.00

Transfer Fees Effective July 1, 2014

Standard processing fee is $14.00 when transfer is received within 60 days of the date of sale of the animal to the new owner, and $17.00 when received after 60 days.

Vierra Dairy Farms, Hilmar, Calif.; managed by Triple T & Heath, North Lewisburg, Ohio. MAR. 19—MASSACHUSETTS BLUE RIBBON ALL-BREEDS CALF SALE, Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, Mass.; 11:00 a.m. (EDT). MAY 8—DERBY SHOWCASE ALL BREED DAIRY SALE, Lakeview Park, Frankfort, Ky.; 2:00 p.m. (EDT); Louisville Jersey Parish, sale mgr.; for more information contact Luke McCoy, 270/646-6550 or Jesse Muse 270/670-9333. JUNE 25—65th NATIONAL HEIFER SALE, Forest Glen Jerseys, Dayton, Ore.; 6:00 p.m. (PT); Jersey Marketing Service, sale mgr.;

Meetings and Expositions

JAN. 8—OREGON JERSEY BREEDERS MEETING, Spirit Mountain Casino, Grande Ronde, Ore. JAN. 29—TENNESEE JERSEY BREEDERS MEETING, Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 9:00 a.m. (CST). JAN. 23-26—DAIRY FORUM, J.W. Marriott Desert Springs- Palm Desert, Calif. FEB. 1-3—VERMONT FARM SHOW, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vt. FEB. 8-10—WORLD AG EXPO, Tulare, Calif. FEB. 16-18—MIDWEST REGIONAL DAIRY CHALLENGE, Fort Wayne, Ind. FEB. 24-26—WESTERN REGIONAL DAIRY CHALLENGE, Calif. M A R . 2 5 — S O U T H C A RO L I N A J E R S E Y BREEDERS MEETING; T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton, S.C. MAR. 29-31—CENTRAL PLAINS DAIRY EXPO, Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. MAR. 31-APRIL 2—NATIONAL DAIRY CHALLENGE, Green Bay, Wis. JUNE 22-25—AJCA-NAJ ANNUAL MEETINGS, Portland, Ore. OCT. 2-7—WORLD DAIRY EXPO, Madison, Wis.


JAN. 14—PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW JERSEY SHOW, Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg, Pa.; 8:00 a.m. (EST). JAN. 17—FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW JERSEY SHOW, Fort Worth, Texas; 12:00 noon (CST); Callum McKinven, Canton de Hatley, Que., judge. MAR. 20—HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO JERSEY SHOW, Houston, Texas; 8:00 a.m. (CST). MAY 10-16—NORTHEAST ALL-BREEDS SPRING SHOW, Eastern States Exposition Center, West Springfield, Mass. MAY 24-27—CLEMSON SPRING DAIRY SHOW, Pendleton, S.C. OCT. 3—INTERNATIONAL JERSEY SHOW, Madison, Wis.; 3:30 p.m. (CDT), heifers; Keith Topp, Botkins, Ohio, judge. OCT. 4—INTERNATIONAL JERSEY SHOW, Madison, Wis.; 7:30 a.m. (CDT), cows; Keith Topp, Botkins, Ohio, judge.

$2.00 discounts from the standard fee will be applied to individual animal transfers processed via and to group transfers submitted in batch electronic files: Excel spreadsheet, report downloaded from herd management software, or a field-delimited text file. Additional discounts may apply for herds enrolled in REAP, and for intraherd and intra-farm transfers. Refer to “Fees for Programs and Services” ( and call Herd Services for more information. The Association’s Bylaws require the seller to pay the transfer fee. Save by becoming a lifetime member of the American Jersey Cattle Association.

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John E. Marcoot, Greenville, Ill., has officially been nominated for Director of District 4 for National All-Jersey Inc. ***************** Finleigh Rae Schmitt was born October 31, 2021, to Spencer and Janelle (Remington) Schmitt, Rem-Rock Jerseys, Juneau, Wis. She weighed 8 lbs. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Rick and Gail Remington and Mike and Tracy Schmitt. Janelle was a member of Jersey Youth Academy. Congratulations to the Schmitts. Callum Clay Orth was born November 2, 2021, to Derek and Charisse Orth, Orthridge Farms, Fennimore, Wis. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. He is already adored by big sisters Zeeva and Jaylee. Congratulations to the Orth family.

Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Recognizes 25-Year Members Shenandoah Jerseys, Boonsboro, Md., was recognized as a 25-year member of the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers. The dairy is owned by Janet Stiles Fulton and operated by her daughter and son-in-law Jessica and J.R. Hess and their two sons. They own and rent about 860 acres of pasture, alfalfa-grass hay fields, and wheat, corn, soybean, and triticale fields. The family recently converted their dairy to a fully robotic operation, including a DeLaval milking system, a robotic feed pusher, activity monitoring system, and automatic calf feeders.

Transfers for ET Calves Now Available Online

Effective immediately, Jersey breeders can now f ile transfer of ownership applications for embryo transfer (ET) animals themselves online through Page 14

A Hearty Welcome To These New AJCA Members Fred Albright, Willard, Ohio Cara Anderson, Hotchkiss, Colo. Susan Blatt, Kutztown, Pa. Christina Coler, Salem, Ohio Katie Coyne, Geneseo, N.Y. Hannah Diehl, McVeytown, Pa. Amy Doody, Jordanville, N.Y. Kevin Endres, Reedsburg, Wis. Curtis Faunce, Loranger, La. Patti Fry, Fennimore, Wis. BJ Hanfield, Alburgh, Vt. Eric Hansen, Machias, N.Y. Tucker Hardy, Petersburg, Pa. Lindsay Hayes, Delanson, N.Y. Jonathan Held, Iron Ridge, Wis. Heather Keane, Wauzeka, Wis. Jenifer King, Troy, Pa. Ashley Lisowe, Malone, Wis. Lauren Meade, Bernville, Pa. Barry Nadon, West Brookfield, Mass. Jaclyn Pecorella, Pine Plains, N.Y. Katie Pfeiffer, New Lisbon, Wis. Randall Reinshagen, South Kortright, N.Y. Joseph Samuelson, Kirkwood, Pa. Amanda Schaeffer, Wernersville, Pa. Melvin Schlabach, Millersburg, Ohio Karl Sjolander, St Johnsbury, Vt. Pam Smith, Greenville, Pa. Steven Smith, Lancaster, N.H. Kristina Swanson, Maryville, Tenn. Jill Weible, Ronan, Mont. Andrew Wright, Randolph, Vt. Colin Wussow, Cecil, Wis. Myron Yoder, Long Island, Va. Kyle Zimdars, Ripon, Wis. Mervin Zook, Gordonville, Pa. Log into using your American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) customer number. Look for the “Embryo Transfer” link in the dropdown under the “Services” link at the top of the page. To accomplish the transfer, you will need to have on hand the registration number or electronic ID for the donor dam, the transfer date, sale date, and the buyer AJCA customer number. Optional information for service sires and embryo type may also be included. Submit by clicking “Validate and Continue.” In the past, applications for transfer of ownership for ET animals were accomplished by Herd Services staff at the AJCA. If you need assistance, please contact Herd Services at 614/861-3636.

Secret to Happiness is Giving Back

Glen and Marilyn Easter of Eastglen Jerseys, Laurens, S.C., shared their passion for dairy and community service when they were featured on last month. The couple milk 300 Jerseys and prioritize educating and assisting their community. In 2015, they found through a 4-H community service project that milk is both the most requested and least donated item at food banks, largely due to storage barriers. The Easters began purchasing and donating 24-28 gallons of whole milk a week to United Ministries Food Bank, primarily from their own pockets and with help from the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and 4-H Dairy Club. Due to COVID-19, Marilyn applied for a grant through Dairy Alliance, which allowed them to purchase a larger cooler to store dairy products to keep up with increased demand. Eastglen Jerseys began in Vermont before moving to South Carolina in 1978 in favor of warmer weather and an All-Jersey milk market. In 2014, the couple was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Jersey Cattle Assocation. The Easters have been involved in groups on the state and national level, including the Dairy Farmers of America corporate board, Dairy Management Inc. board, Dairy Alliance, World Dairy Expo, the Holstein Foundation, Young Dairy Leaders Institute, Laurens County Farm Bureau, and Clemson Extension 4-H Foundation. This year, Marilyn was also awarded the Laurens County Agriculturist of the Year award. For Glen and Marilyn, the secret to happiness has been stepping up to assist their community while also promoting agriculture.

Marilyn and Glenn Easter with cousins Frank and Ernest Easter, who also participate in the family business.



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The Call to Leadership ““The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” John C. Maxwell, New York Times best selling author The American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., are membership organizations. Through the company’s history, we have been blessed with outstanding leadership. For that tradition to continue, willing and qualified candidates are needed to serve on the Boards. The people you elect to serve on the Board of Directors have the responsibility to provide equal and fair representation of all members as they make decisions about the AJCA’s policies and services. As 2021 is drawing to a close, it still remains to be seen where the year will end for numbers. We have already achieved 10 consecutive years of 100,000 registrations and are on pace to be the second or third highest year in history. These numbers reflect just one portion of the business that we encompass. Leadership does matter. Representing all members, the Board of Directors establishes the policies respective to the AJCA’s mission and purpose: To improve and promote the breed of Jersey cattle and to maintain such records and activities as the Association deems necessary or conducive to the best interests of the breeders of Jersey cattle; To promote the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and products, and to promote Jersey cattle and the interests of breeders of Jersey cattle. And thus, the Board of Directors ensures that quality, cost-effective programs and services are delivered. They determine charges for services, supervise the use of funds and accumulate assets to support

future investments, research and growth. Board members should be prepared to acknowledge four questions in the continuing quest for breed progress and growth: Do our policies, programs and services encourage and support the development of a more efficient Jersey cow? Are we improving her fast enough so that commercial milk producers continue to regard the Jersey cow as the profitable choice for their businesses? Do our marketing programs increase the value of and demand for Jersey products: milk, cattle and genetics? Are we progressive minded enough to achieve our goal of changing the color of the dairy industry? In the Board room, the organization is looking for Directors willing to draw upon and share their personal and professional expertise. Directors who ask penetrating questions and expect good answers. Directors willing to listen, analyze and evaluate, then speak sincerely. Directors, even in disagreement, committed to having an objective conversation in service of Jersey breed improvement, better markets for our products, and Jersey breed growth. At the 2022 AJCA Annual Meeting on June 25 in Portland, Ore., a President will be elected, as well as four Directors from these districts: • Fourth District: Ohio and West Virginia; • Seventh District: Wisconsin; • Tenth District: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming; and • Twelfth District: California—Merced County

At the 2022 NAJ Annual Meeting on June 24 in Portland, Ore., a director from District 4 will be elected. To those eligible, willing and qualified to stand for the 2022 elections, do consider answering the call to leadership. Contact the Executive Secretary for a nominating petition today. Nominations are due to the office by April 20 for AJCA and April 25 for NAJ. Turn to page 36 for more details on serving the association.

THE JERSEY by Bonnie L. Mohr, commissioned by the American Jersey Cattle Association. Copyright © American Jersey Cattle Association 2018 All Rights Reserved


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Vierra Dairy: More than a Pretty Show Ring Face

hen asked what the name Vierra in Merced County in the 1940s and 1950s actual average of 22,763 lbs. milk, 1,024 Dairy Farm evokes, many in dairy and eventually settled on the present farm lbs. fat and 820 lbs. protein on 469 cows. circles would mention show-winning in Hilmar. Over the years, the farm grew to Five animals owned by Vierra Dairy or in cows. That is fair. Vierra Dairy has 1,500 acres and the herd to 5,000 cows. earned more than its share of hardware The farm was transitioned to their son, and banners in the show ring in recent Anthony, and his wife Marie, and then years and just performed a first for to their eldest daughter, Maria, who World Dairy Expo—a clean sweep of married Matt Swanson in 1988. champions in the Jersey show. The Swansons were entrepreneurs as But show cows are just the tip of well, moving to Turlock, Calif., in the late the iceberg for this 6,000-cow, multi1800s and establishing their reputation generational dairy in Hilmar, Calif. And as leaders in the turkey industry. Among the dairy is just one aspect of a much the businesses they established was larger enterprise that includes a feed Associated Feed & Supply Company company, a record label, and several Inc. The multi-million-dollar company state-of-the-art dairy tech companies. provides animal nutrition products and What are the commonalities that tie other farm supplies to clients in Arizona, together this widely diverse group of California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, ventures? At the helm of each is Maria Utah, and Washington. Associated Feed Swanson, current matriarch of the also markets an extensive line of show Vierra family. All strive for excellence, Thousands of consumers and dairy producers follow supplements for cattle, sheep and swine. and all operate with a mission to glorify Vierra Dairy Farm on Facebook and Instagram to learn Matt eventually became president about dairy farming and Registered Jersey genetics and God. of Associated Feed, and, the Swansonto keep up with twins, River and Reagan, pictured here Vierra Dairy Farm is a mixed herd with Dad Peter and Mom Maia. All photos except World Vierra union grew to a much larger of about 3,000 Jerseys and 3,000 Dairy Expo courtesy Leann Castellanos/C Street. production agriculture enterprise. Holsteins. Cows are managed on In time, other ventures were added, multiple farms in Hilmar. Maria Swanson including the cloud-based Milc group partnership with Semex rank among the top is a third-generation owner. Her eldest and the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) facility 100 females for genetic merit. daughter and son-in-law, Maia and Peter Boviteq California. Cipponeri, oversee operation of the dairy And while production agriculture was in It All Started with Cows while Eddie DeRocha manages day-to-day their blood, Matt’s true passion was music. The eclectic venture has humble activities. Another 75 full-time employees In 2017, he founded Riser House with beginnings that trace four generations back help with operation of the farm. Jennifer Johnson and flagship artist Mitchell to Tony and Angie Vierra, who married in Vierra Dairy has been enrolled on Tenpenny, who later topped the country 1940 and established a dairy farm in Hilmar REAP since February 2017. The milking charts with “Drunk Me” in December with three unregistered Holstein cows string on the main farm ranks fourth in the 2018. The full-service publishing house named Enos, Snookums and Topsy. The (continued to page 20) nation for milk and fifth for protein with an Vierras moved to several other locations 2021 International Jersey Show. Photo courtesy Cowsmopolitan.

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based in Nashville also works with rising stars Dillon Carmichael, Karl Michael, Logan Murrell, and Meghan Patrick, and legend Ronnie Milsap. Going Jersey For most of its life, Vierra Dairy Farm has been a commercial, unregistered Holstein operation with a few Jerseys. In 2016, an eventful move prompted more Jerseys—the dairy began shipping milk to Hilmar Cheese Company. The cheesemaker founded by Jersey breeders pays a premium for high component milk that yields more product than average milk, so it made more economical sense for Vierra Dairy to milk more Jerseys. But the component advantage wasn’t the only reason for the brown cows. “We wanted more Jerseys for three other primary reasons,” noted Peter Cipponeri. “One: Jerseys are more tolerant of the heat here in Hilmar than Holsteins. Two: Jerseys are more fertile. Three and of most significance: Jerseys are more feed efficient. This is a huge bonus for us, with limited resources (water and acreage) to produce feed.” “When you push the pencil, you realize you can no longer ship Holstein milk exclusively for a profit. Transportation costs alone make it unprofitable.” “When we decided to up Jersey numbers, we decided to get the ‘right’ Jerseys,” Peter continued. “The ‘right’ Jerseys were Registered Jerseys with tremendous, production-bred genetics and commercial pedigrees.” To meet their demands, they needed look no further than their own back yard, where some of the most productive Registered Jersey cows were milked. The foundation for much of the current commercial Vierra dairy came from their Hilmar neighbors and other dairies in California, Idaho, and Oregon. Truckloads were also sourced from the Midwest through Jersey Marketing Service. Vierra Dairy bought high-end genomics and show cattle from Jersey breeders across the country through private treaty and elite sales like the All American Jersey Sale and National Heifer Sale. To grow the upper end of the Jersey herd, Vierra Dairy adopted an extensive IVF program, implanting Jersey embryos in Holstein recipients and lower-end Jerseys. Over 750 donor dams are flushed annually, yielding 500-plus viable embryos each month, and resulting in numerous heifer calves each year. Though most donor dams are elite genomic animals, Vierra Dairy also flushes show cows. This effort produces about 100 heifers each year. The IVF program was augmented in Page 20

Cows at Vierra Dairy are milked in a state-of-the-art parallel rotary parlor, fitted with blue cow guards that ideally position feet for milking and an interacitve data display that keeps workers abreast of activities in real time.

April 2021 when Vierra Dairy partnered with Boviteq to open a satellite facility in Hilmar. Led by Dr. Ramon Tosta, the facility specializes in handling young dairy donors, lactating show cows and beef donors. Commercial matings at Vierra Dairy are made almost exclusively using sexed semen from Semex because the company offers Immunity+ with bull proofs. Along

Vierra Dairy is operated with a wide range of new technology to improve efficiency, increase cow comfort and reduce carbon footprint, including this methane digester installed in August 2020.

with this index, Vierra Dairy also considers transmitting abilities for pounds of milk, fat and protein and udder traits through Jersey Udder Index. Bulls chosen as service sires for show cows are based on pedigree and proofs for type and udder traits. Vierra Dairy has developed a solid market for Jersey genetics, sending about 60 bulls to A.I. each year and selling most of the show heifers born each year. Bulls are whimsically named after musicians. The first bull sold to Semex was JX Vierra Clapton {4}-ET. Then came bulls

christened with the likes of “Aerosmith,” “Billy Joel,” “Elvis,” “Pearljam,” Prince,” and “Sinatra.” The highest-ranking of these G-code bulls is Vierra Tenpenny-ET, currently #9 with a GJPI of +143. There are plenty of genomic standouts in the heifer pens too, including several members of the “Winnie” cow family developed by Lucky Hill Farm of Danville, Vt. Vierra Jasmine-ET, out of JX Lucky Hill Wildflower {6}-ET, ranks #13 in the breed with a GJPI of +165. Vierra Dairy purchased “Wildflower {6}” from the All American Jersey Sale in 2017 and another member of the cow family, JX Lucky Hill Whiskey {6}-ET, at the National Heifer Sale in 2019. Both rank for genetic merit and have multiple progeny ranked for GJPI as well. Show String Show cattle were introduced to Vierra Dairy to counterbalance the genomics and offer customers a mix of high-end genetics. Shows heifers are raised at Boviteq California. Show cows are managed with the herd at Triple-T Holsteins in North Lewisburg, Ohio. Why house such precious commodity 2,400 miles away? The animal care and commitment of farm owners Nathan and Jenny Thomas is unmatched. “When we started talking about show cattle, Jersey mentor and advisor Hank Van Exel said, ‘If you are going to go this route, you need to work with Nathan and Jenny. They are the best in the business,’” noted Peter. “We were introduced and bonded immediately. It was the start of not just a business arrangement, but a close friendship with people we consider to be family.” “They take amazing care of the cattle, and we let them do their thing. They handle virtually everything, from cattle purchases to matings and getting cattle ready for the show.” JERSEY JOURNAL

The show ventured started with the purchase of Showdown Justine in 2018. She was named Reserve Grand Champion of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and All-Canadian Senior Three-Year-Old that year. The following year, she took top honors in the Canadian National Show and shared the spotlight at World Dairy Expo with a new herdmate, Bri-Lin Valson Spritz (the breed’s most recent cow to be appraised Excellent-96%). The two were named Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion, respectively, of the 2019 International Jersey Show. Vierra Dairy earned the Premier Exhibitor banner as well. When the dust settled from the pandemic in 2020 and exhibitors resumed activity at the All American, Vierra Dairy walked away with class winners in the junior heifer, aged cow and lifetime production classes and reserve winners in the senior heifer calf, milking yearling and senior threeyear-old classes. They also showed the Reserve Overall Premier Performance Cow and won the Premier Exhibitor banner. This year, at the International Jersey Show in October, Vierra Dairy earned Grand Champion with “Spritz,” Reserve Grand and Intermediate Champion with Summer Breeze Tequila Gayle, and Junior Champion with SVHeaths Kid Rock Jaden, a heifer they purchased from the Best of Triple T and Heath sale in May. They also defended their title as Premier Exhibitor and earned three additional blue ribbons for class winners. In November, Vierra Dairy was again named Premier Exhibitor of the All American, bolstered with All Americans in four classes and Reserve All Americans in another three. They also showed “Gayle” to Reserve Intermediate Champion honors. Marketing Vierra Dairy Farm is keenly aware of the term “branding” and has been highly effective promoting its genetics to other dairy producers and the dairy industry to consumers. “There is a place for all media outlets,” commented Peter. “We use print media like the Jersey Journal to reach other dairy producers with a specific targeted message and social media to reach the masses quickly.” Vierra Dairy has a base of more than 6,600 followers on Instagram and 2,500plus on Facebook. Built on quality rather than quantity, the dairy posts on each platform about six times a month. Posts offer a mix of content, showing how technology is used on the farm, featuring employees and their roles, relaying the benefits of dairy nutrition, and promoting DECEMBER 2021

proud farm moments. But hands down, the most popular posts show everyday farm activities of adorable, three-year-old twins, River and Reagan. A new marketing endeavor for Vierra Dairy is a consignment sale—the Amplify Event—at the farm on March 5, 2022. “Our goal with the sale is two-fold: offer elite show and genomic animals and showcase a commercial dairy using a wide range of the latest technology,” said Peter. “We are opening our doors to community and other dairy producers so we can learn from each other.”

Of interest to dairy producers will be the new facilities, most built since 2016. Cows are milked in a DeLaval parallel rotary PR3100. The 80-bail parlor has a cow-anda-half entry, 15-degree angled stalls and an exit bow that encourages cows to turn away from the deck, reducing congestion. A teat sprayer robot, aka TSR, saves on labor and uses less than 14 milliliters of dip. Blue cow locators on the parlor floor position rear feet ideally for unit application and teat dipping. Five drives and sensory notices make for quick and easy emergency repairs (continued to page 22)

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Vierra Dairy

and show genetics will be available, including the syndication of Vierra StingET, a son of River Valley Joyride-ET out of “Spritz” and JX Vierra The Boss {6}-ET,

carbon footprint. “We do as much on the farm as we can by service provider Total Dairy Solutions. ourselves. We have no desire to be bigger, Vierra Dairy also uses DelPro interactive only better.” data display (IDD), which This mindset has ultimately shows and voices a myriad contributed to the development of of information in real time. new technology and adoption of Vierra Dairy uses the cloud other technology to reduce labor, based One app (milc group) improve cow comfort, and better to manage feed, monitor steward the land at Vierra Dairy. milking equipment, and train Will there be other ventures and connect with employees. along with the cows, feed Milk is direct loaded from company, dairy tech, and record the parlor onto bulk milk label? Maybe. Probably. The only tankers and transported to certainty is that every venture Hilmar Cheese. needs to align with the family’s Milking cows are housed purpose. in a combination of free “At the end of the day, we want stall barns and a Saudi style to be a blessing and a light in an loafing pack barn. Water It is not every day a country music group visits a dairy. But when you increasingly dark world,” said are one of the owners of Riser House Records, it does happen, like the used in the milk barn is time Jon Pardi, center, and his band toured Vierra Dairy last summer to Peter. “As we chase the next ‘big’ completely recycled. A new learn about dairy farming and Registered Jersey cows. thing, we always ask: will this manure separator using the bring Glory to God?” Biolynk Flush System was installed a son of JX Sunset Canyon Got Maid {5} “Our goal is to hear the words ‘good and in August 2020. The system separates ET out of Progenesis Madison-ET. “The faithful servant’ when our race is done.” manure into solids and liquids in two Boss” is one of three bulls that lead the list stages and is set up for a methane digestor of G-code bulls with a GJPI of +166. as well. Sale goers will also be treated to a Doors to the new Boviteq California live concert by artists from Riser House facility will also be open, with Records. demonstrations on technology and breeding strategies, including those for The Next Big Thing beef embryos in dairy cattle. The next “big” thing for Vierra Dairy The sale will feature 120 lots of Jerseys may not be big at all. In fact, Vierra Dairy and Holsteins from Vierra Dairy and guest is striving to be smaller through selfconsignors. A balance of elite genomics sufficiency, consolidation, and a smaller (continued from page 21)

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Summary of November AJCA, NAJ Board Meetings


he fall meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and National All-Jersey Inc. (NAJ). Boards of Directors were held November 4 and 5, 2021, at the Hilton Garden Inn-Airport, Louisville, Ky. Actions are summarized below. Finances and 2022 Budget. Financial statements for the AJCA and National AllJersey Inc. and Subsidiary, All-Jersey Sales Corporation (Jersey Marketing Service) were reviewed. Through nine months, the AJCA reported revenues of $2,730,096 and expenditures of $2,526,587 before the All American. NAJ reported revenues of $686,161 versus expenditures of $516,278. JMS revenues were $129,086; expenditures were $136,141. A net income through September 30, 2021, for all organizations was reported of $343,337. Budgets for 2022 were approved. Total AJCA revenues were budgeted at $3,627,788 against expenditures of $3,626,690. The AJCA budget was based on 129,500 registrations, 19,000 transfers, 165,000 cows enrolled on all performance programs (161,000 on REAP), 305,250 JerseyTags units, 13,600 genomic and ID qualification tests, and 252 pages of paid advertising in Jersey Journal. The budget for National All-Jersey Inc. was based upon 1,020 Equity investors and All-Jersey Sales Corp. revenues of $192,500. Budgeted revenues for NAJAJSC combined were $823,350, with budgeted expenditures of $817,788. Market values of investments at September 30 were: Building Fund, $1,649,759; Investment Trust, $1,133,684; Scholarship and other awards funds, $1,152,110; Jersey Youth Academy, $587,553; and AJCC Research Foundation, $2,942,445. The Investment Advisory Committee met with investment managers on November 8 to review current portfolios and set investment strategies for 2022. Funding was approved for a system upgrade to the Information Technology software and server update through appropriated development funds of AJCA and NAJ. Performance Herd fees to increase $50. Beginning January 1, 2022, herd fees for REAP, TPE and STEP will increase by $50. Jersey Journal to transition to online platform. The board voted to discontinue Page 24

printing the Jersey Journal. Moving to an online platform only will allow the organization to provide more timely news at a more affordable cost and expand the audience. The online magazine will be launched February 1, 2022. All current subscribers of Jersey Journal will be given a six-month extension to subscriptions to help with the transition to the online platform. Jersey Neuropathy with Splayed Forelimbs (JNS). The Board of Directors voted to accept the Neogen Direct Test for JNS be accepted as official, taking precedent over the CDCB haplotype results when in conflict. Review of new CDCB policy for 2022. The board reviewed information provided by CDCB to add genomically-discovered maternal grandsires (MGS) and maternal great-grandsires (MGGS) to pedigrees. The policy describes the extension of the pedigree, based mainly on genomic information plus additional information from sources such as DHIA records. Updated procedure to the registration of males with USJersey. Effective January 1, 2023, males will need to be a Generation Count {5} to be registered. Regional and National Shows. The Western National, Pennsylvania AllAmerican (Harrisburg), World Dairy Expo and California Spring Jersey Show were designated as AJCA regional shows for 2022. Designations are contingent upon enforcement of the PDCA Show Ring Code of Ethics, with all cows subject to ultrasound and milk sample testing. For the 2022 All American shows, $5,000 was allocated to be divided equally among junior exhibitors, and $2,000 for open show state herd travel money. Appointments. Named as associate chairs for the 2022 All American planning committees were Garry Hansen, Mulino, Ore., sale; David Jordan, Chicago, Ill., open show; Rachel White Conner, Connersville, Ind., National Jersey Jug Futurity; and Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis., junior activities. Grant Ahlem, Hilmar, Calif., was appointed for the remainder of Jim Ahlem’s term on the Research Advisory Committee. Michael Hurst, Waynesville, Ohio, was appointed to the Type Advisory

Committee. He will replace Aaron Horst, Chambersburg, Pa., whose term expired in 2021. Brent Wickstrom, Hilmar, Calif., was named chair of the committee.

National All-Jersey Inc. The board approved a proposal by Dr. Frank Mitloehener of University of California-Davis, to update the CapperCady study conducted in 2009. The joint boards of the AJCA and NAJ approved funding the project using a combination of earnings from the AJCC Research Foundation and appropriated research and development funds from NAJ. The project’s timeline calls for completion by the end of 2022. Dr. Mitloehner’s proposal states that inputs for the analysis will include breed specif ic animal performance characteristics, feeding system data, cropping system data, transportation, and energy use as defined by the system boundary. Outputs will include GHG emissions (i.e., methane, nitrous oxide, etc.), resources necessary to produce one million ton of ECM and the carbon intensity of 1 kg of ECM. These outputs will be given as national averages and as breed-specific values as well. Data will be collected from various databases. Animal based data, including milk production and composition, and herd statistics will be sourced from the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and USDA NASS. Feed metrics, crop yield, fertilization, water/irrigation, and transport information will be sourced from the USDA NASS database, the Cornell Net Carbohydrate Protein System (CNCPS) and other peer-reviewed literature as needed. Emissions will be estimated based on dietary composition and quantified using the updated IPCC emission factors. Assisting with the project are Dr. Roger Cady, now retired from Elanco Animal Health, Dr. Paul Van Raden, a geneticist with AGIL-ARS-USDA, and Todd Ward, Professional Animal Scientist nutritionist. Charlie Garrison updated directors and staff on political priorities the past several months. Immigration reform remains at the top of the list. Other items include climate change, infrastructure legislation, nutrition and trade. Company objectives adopted for 2022 include staying engaged with Federal (continued to page 26)



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Milk Marketing Order activities; stay involved with dairy industry issues such as depooling, Class 1 price formula, reintroduction of the Farm Worker Modernization Act; continuing efforts that advance market arrangements, voluntary and regulated, to obtain or improve Multiple Component Pricing (MCP) for producers not currently receiving MCP or receiving sub-standard MCP; organizing on-farm processing forums focused on bringing together successful Jersey processors and Jersey producers interested in beginning on-farm processing; develop an economic analysis to promote the use of Jersey genetics; and continue to develop the All-Jersey® and Queen of Quality® programs. Greg Lavan, manager of Jersey Marketing Service reported on the year-todate activity. He updated board members on the fall and winter sale lineup, including the upcoming online genomic sales to be held in December, January and February. He also updated the board on the use of the online bidding platform of CowBuyer. com for Jersey Marketing Service sales.

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Nominations Open for 2022 National Jersey Awards Nominations are sought for four awards to be presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Portland, Ore., June 22-25, 2022. Any lifetime member of the AJCA can nominate qualified persons for these awards. Master Breeder Award. The Master Breeder Award is bestowed annually upon a living AJCA member, family, partnership, or corporation, who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has bred outstanding animals for many years and thereby has made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States. Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed upon as many living AJCA members and/ or members’ families, who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, have rendered outstanding and unselfish service for many years and thereby have made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States. Award for Meritorious Service. The AJCA-NAJ Award for Meritorious Service is bestowed annually upon a living individual, who, in the joint opinion of the Boards of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., has made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed and the livelihood of Jersey owners in the United States through research, education, development, marketing, or other significant activities of the allied dairy industry. Young Jersey Breeder Award. These awards are bestowed annually upon as many living AJCA members and/or members’ families, who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, merit recognition. Nominees must be active members of the American Jersey Cattle Association and must be at least 28 years of age but not more than 40 years of age as of January 1 of the recognition year. Selection is based upon expertise in dairy farming and Jersey cattle breeding; participation in AJCA and NAJ programs; and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agricultural organizations. All nomination materials must be postmarked or received electronically on or before Tuesday, January 15, 2022. Forms are available on the USJersey website. Contact Becky Anway at banway@ or by phone at 614.322.4472. JERSEY JOURNAL

$30,000 High Seller for Top of the World Sale

This year, the Top of the World Sale was held virtually in conjunction with World Dairy Expo at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison, Wis. A crowd of potential buyers enjoyed a social before the sale and were then able to view the sale online and bid on consignments through The sale concluded with a high seller of $30,000 and an average of $3,398.15 on 27 lots. Sale Analysis


Avg. Price Total Value

4 Cows, two years and over 5 Bred heifers 14 Heifer calves 1 Embryo package 3 Choice of calves

$2,625.00 1,960.00 4,503.57 1,800.00 2,200.00

$10,500 9,800 63,050 1,800 6,600

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$3,398.15 $2,000.00


Sale Management: Jersey Marketing Service Auctioneer: Chris Hill

Misty Meadow Dairy, Tillamook, Ore., purchased the high seller, Pine-Tree 316 Federer 2649-PP-ET, consigned by Matthew Steiner of Marshallville, Ohio. The high genomic heifer calf ranked among the top 20 homozygous polled females on sale day. She has a current GJPI of +111 and Genomic Predicted Transmitting Abilities (GPTAs) of +424M, +52F and +20P. “Federer 2649-PP” is sired by TOG Federer 37562-P-ET, GJPI of +121. Her dam is sired by River Valley Cece Chrome-ET, GJPI +85. Her Very Good86% grandam has a top record of 19,180 lbs. milk, 930 lbs. fat, and 674 lbs. protein at 2-2. Her Very Good-86% third dam has a three lactation m.e. average of 24,196– 1,157–851. Her fourth dam is appraised Excellent- 93% and has a best record of 20,260 lbs. milk, 998 lbs. fat, and 720 lbs. protein at 10-2. Her Excellent-95% fifth dam has a 12 lactation m.e. average of 16,181-863-574. The second high seller at $4,900 was JX KB Trooper 25971 {5}. She was consigned by Katzman Bros., Whitewater, Wis., and purchased by Inguran LLC DBA Sexing Technologies, Navasota, Texas. Another high genomic heifer, she is +4.1 for Productive Life, and +1.5 for Livability. As well, she has GPTAs of +1.2 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, +2.2 Cow Conception Rate, and +1.6 Heifer Conception Rate. She is sired by JX Dodan LH Troooper {4}, GJPI +137. Her dam has a projected m.e. of 22,167110-803 at 1-8. Her Very Good-82% grandam has a best lactation of 21,200 lbs. milk, 1,426 lbs. fat, and 778 lbs. protein at 3-9. Her third dam is Very Good-85%. DECEMBER 2021

Her fourth dam has a best record of 20,890 lbs. milk, 895 lbs. fat and 750 lbs. protein at 2-11. The next three dams have m.e. averages over 20,000 lbs. milk. The third high seller, Sheratons Andreas Shimmer-ET, sold for $4,700. “Shimmer” was consigned by Budjon Farms, Lomira, Wis., and purchased by Joey Pendleton, Hopkinsville, Ky. “Shimmer” is sired by Sunset Canyon Andreas, GJPI +173. Her dam, Edgelea Tequila Sheraton, Excellent-93, has a best record of 21,505 lbs. milk, 1,065 lbs. fat, and 819 lbs. protein in Canada. “Shimmer’s” dam also has many show accolades, including 2019 National Grand Champion. She was also nominated AllCanadian Senior Two-Year-Old in 2019 and stood second in her class at the International Jersey Show. She was nominated AllCanadian Senior Two-Year-Old in 2017. Her third dam is Very Good-88%. Her fourth dam is VG 86 in Canada and has a top record of 19,830 lbs. milk, 999 lbs. fat, and 679 lbs. protein. “Shimmer’s” maternal sister collected several accolades at Canadian shows as well. Edgelea Gentry Sharon was nominated Honorable Mention All-Canadian Senior Two-Year-Old in 2019. Twenty-one buyers from 10 states made purchases.

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Sales $3,000 and Over

(Consignors in Parentheses) Misty Meadow Dairy, Tillamook, Ore. Pine-Tree 316 Federer 2649-PP-ET, heifer calf 4 mos. .............................................................................. $30,000 (Matthew Steiner, Marshallville, Ohio) Inguran LLC DBA Sexing Technologies, Navasota, Texas JX KB Trooper 25971 {5}, heifer calf 3 mos................... 4,900 (Katzman Bros., Whitewater, Wis.) Joey Pendleton, Hopkinsville, Ky. Sheratons Andreas Shimmer-ET, heifer calf 6 mos....... 4,700 (Budjon Farms, Lomira, Wis.) Post Lane Dairy, Volga, S.D. Woodmohr Marlo Dell, cow 2 yrs................................... 4,000 (Woodmohr Jerseys, Bloomer, Wis.) Makayla Monk, Artesia, N.M. Crestbrooke Vip Mallory-ET, heifer calf 6 mos............... 3,800 (Crestbrooke Jerseys and Alexa Albrecht, Fond Du Lac, Wis.) Grace, Hannah and Ellie Fremstad and Kilgus Dairy, Westby, Wis. Vavooms Rockstar Voluptuous, cow 2 yrs..................... 3,600 (Grant, Grace, Hannah, Ellie Fremstad and Scott Stanford, Westby, Wis.) Bos Dairy LLC, Lovington, N.M. Big Guns Varsity Swag-ET, bred heifer 17 mos............. 3,300 (Hannah Hurst, Waynesville, Ohio) Utah State University, Logan, Utah GMBV Kid Rock Danielle-ET, heifer calf 9 mos............. 3,200 (Grant Ahlem and Bobby Rosa, Hilmar, Calif.) Chris Padilla, Artesia, N.M. Schulte Bros CP Colton Fabulous-ET, heifer calf 6 mos. .................................................................................. 3,000 (Cal Poly Corporation, San Luis Obispo, Calif.) Dyon Helmuth and Trace Johnson, Poplar Grove, Ill. First choice female sired by Elliots Regency Casino-ET and out of Ahlem Maui Buttons 44738................................. 3,000 (Trace Johnson and Sarah Fitzgerald, Poplar Grove, Ill.)

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Milking Cows Featured at Dairyland Protein Sale

The Dairyland Protein Sale was conducted entirely online this year, with bidding opening via on October 4 and closing on October 7. The sale managed by Jersey Marketing Service was largely deep-pedigreed milking cows. In all, 19 lots sold for an average of $1,276.32, with five Jersey breeders from five states making purchases. Sale Analysis


Avg. Price Total Value

15 Cows, two years and over 3 Bred heifers 1 Heifer calf

$1,313.33 1,216.67 900.00

$19,700 3,650 900

19 Lots edian price M

$1,276.32 $1,225.00


Sale Management: Jersey Marketing Service

Scott Knueven of Leipsic, Ohio, was the volume buyer of the day, choosing 13 lots for a total of $16,950. Included in this group were the two high sellers: a pair of young cows consigned by Michael Kunde of Kunde Jersey Farm, Manchester, Iowa. Knueven purchased the high seller, Kunde Citationa Parfait {2}, for $1,900. The daughter of BW Citation A-ET,

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GJPI +48, freshened with her first calf in mid-July. She gave 58 lbs. milk on her September test and has a projected m.e. of 22,755–934–779 at 2-0. The dam of “Parfait {2}” has a top record of 19,500 lbs. milk, 843 lbs. fat and 720 lbs. protein at 4-8. Her grandam has an m.e. of 18,677–720–641 on her first lactation. Her Very Good-85% third dam has an m.e. of 19,225–814–579 on her first record as well. The next 13 dams are appraised Very Good or Excellent. Her fourth dam, Kunde Surefire Pretzel, Excellent-90%, has four lactations and a best record of 4-2 305 20,430 4.9% 1,001 3.3% 678 97DCR. Her high component fifth dam is appraised Very Good-88%. She has eight complete records, two over 22,000 lbs. milk, 1,300 lbs. fat and 780 lbs. protein. The seventh dam of “Parfait {2}” is, Butterfield Wild Pine, Excellent-90%, a cow Michael purchased in a group from the Butterfield Farms Dispersal, Rogers, Ark., in 2003. Her eighth dam, Butterfield Champ Pinion, Excellent-92%, has a top record of 6-2 365 3x 24,326 4.1% 999 3.5% 843 DHIR. Knueven took home the second high seller, Kunde Citationa Lovely {6}, a paternal sister to the high seller, with a final bid of $1,600. The “Citation A” daughter was fresh with her first calf in July and sold

served to Elliotts Regency Casino-ET, GJPI +8. She gave 64 lbs. milk for the tester in September and has a projected m.e. of 23,554–1,201–812 at 2-0. Her maternal sister, Kunde Navigator Lake {6}, Excellent-92%, has 19,050 lbs. milk, 1,038 lbs. fat and 724 lbs. protein at 3-4. Another maternal sister is appraised Very Good-86%. Their dam, Kunde Nutty Love {5}, Excellent-93%, has five complete lactations—four over 20,000 lbs. milk—and a top record of 6-5 305 27,260 5.1% 1,388 3.9% 1,051 97DCR. The next dam is a Very Good-84% daughter of Family Hill Ringmaster, GJPI -121, with 21,690 lbs. milk, 1,233 lbs. fat and 770 lbs. protein at 7-5. Like the high seller, she traces to a cow purchased from Butterfield Farms in 2003. Sales $1,400 and Over

(Consignors in Parentheses) Scott Knueven, Leipsic, Ohio Kunde Citationa Parfait {2}, cow 2 yrs.......................... $1,900 (Michael Kunde, Manchester, Iowa) Kunde Citationa Lovely {6}, cow 2 yrs............................ 1,600 (Michael Kunde) Valhalla Vulcan Christa, cow 2 yrs................................. 1,425 (Martin E. Hall, Westby, Wis.) Kunde Barnabas Nail, cow 3 yrs.................................... 1,400 (David and Donna Kunde, Manchester, Iowa) Zumbach Denny Alice {4}, cow 2 yrs............................. 1,400 (Jennifer Zumbach, Coggon, Iowa) Emma C. Beutel, Brodhead, Wis. Holtz-View Cit A Spot, cow 2 yrs.................................... 1,525 (Jeff, Mary and Lisa Holtz, Maquoketa, Iowa) Tyler G. Seals, Tillamook, Ore. Day-Kel Chrome Danika, bred heifer 21 mos................ 1,450 (Ashley and Holly Oberreich, Plymouth, Wis.)



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Member of “Veronica” Family Tops Ohio Fall Sale

Fall production was promised. Fall production was delivered at this year’s Ohio Fall Production Sale on October 16. Eight of every 10 lots struck off at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster were milking cows or close-up springers. In all, 162 lots sold for an average of $1,029.69 and gross of $166,810. Twenty-two buyers from 11 states made purchases, with volume buyer Gary McGibbon of Crouse, N.C., taking home 51 lots for a total of $61,200. Buyers were able to watch the sale live and place bids online through The sale was managed by Jersey Marketing Service and cried by Todd Woodruff. Sale Analysis


Avg. Price Total Value

44 Cows, two years and over 4 under 3 mos., s.w.d. 114 Bred heifers 6 1st Trimester 23 2nd Trimester 85 3rd Trimester 3 Open yearlings 1 Heifer calf

$1,297.73 208.75 942.76 645.83 664.13 1,039.12 433.33 100.00

$57,100 835 107,475 3,875 15,275 88,325 1,300 100

162 Lots Median price

$1,029.69 $166,810 $925.00

Sale Management: Jersey Marketing Service Auctioneer: Todd Woodruff

Deep-pedigreed, well-grown cattle commanded the highest prices all day. Woodruff Jersey Farm, Urbana, Ohio, purchased the high seller, Acacia Fizz Velvet, for $3,000. The daughter of J-Kay Tequila Fizz, GJPI -202, sold due with her first calf by sexed River Valley Cece Chrome-ET, GJPI +85, in mid-November. She hails from the “Veronica” cow family

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Jersey producers purchased fall milk in volume at the Ohio Fall Production Sale, with 21 buyers from 11 states making purchases.

and was consigned by Elizabeth and Jacob Howman, West Salem, Ohio. Her dam is sired by BW&RV Navigator {6}-ET, GJPI -6. Her Excellent-91% grandam, sired by Hawarden Impuls Premier, GJPI +18, has a top record of 3-4 305 19,890 6.1% 1,211 4.0% 792 96DCR. Her third dam, Arethusa Tequila Vision, Excellent-95%, earned Reserve All American laurels three times as a milking cow. Twice she topped the class for lifetime production at the International Jersey Show and won the NASCO Type and Production award in 2018. She has eight complete lactations and a best record of 24,130 lbs. milk, 1,344 lbs. fat and 912 lbs. protein at 7-7. “Vision’s” daughter, Ratliff Irwin Vancy-ET, Excellent-91%, is Winner of the 2020 National Jersey Jug Futurity. She made 23,100 lbs. milk, 1,261 lbs. fat and 840 lbs. protein at 3-1. The fourth dam of “Velvet” is Arethusa Response View-ET, Excellent-92%, with 43 registered progeny and a best record of 6-4 305 20,110 5.8% 1,163 3.7% 749 97DCR. The next dam is the world-famous Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J, Excellent-97%. Her extensive show career includes honors

as National and Reserve National Grand Champion, Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo and two-time Supreme Champion of the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show. She was voted winner of the Jersey Journal Great Cow Contest in 2015 and named inaugural Cow of the Year by Jersey Canada in 2011. She put her heart in the bulk tank too, with a seven lactation m.e. average of 21,014–1,145–815. Matthew Steiner, Marshallville, Ohio, placed the final bid of $2,200 on the second high seller, Van De Quintana Con Carne Quinoa. Sired by ISDK VJ Krogaard, GJPI +48, she sold springing with her first calf by Van De Choko Khartouche, GJPI +92. She is a non-carrier for Jersey Haplotype 1 and Jersey Neuropathy with Splayed Forelimbs and tested A2A2 for beta-casein. She has a Genomic Future Inbreeding of 5.6%. “Quinoa’s” high-test dam is an Excellent-91% daughter of Rowleys 11 Visionary Chili-ET, GJPI +74, with a two lactation m.e. average of 18,982–1,247– 792. Her Very Good-87% third dam is sired by ISDK Golden GDJ Vivaldi, GJPI +76, and has a top record of 3-2 299 18,070 6.9% 1,248 3.9% 703 102DCR. Her third dam is appraised Excellent-90% and has an m.e. average of 22,100–941–735 on four lactations. Three of the next four dams are also appraised Very Good or Excellent and have seven or more lactations. “Quinoa” was consigned by Van De Jerseys, Transfer, Pa. Sales $1,400 and Over

(Consignors in Parentheses) Woodruff Jersey Farm, Urbana, Ohio Acacia Fizz Velvet, bred heifer 22 mos........................ $3,000 (Elizabeth and Jacob Howman, West Salem, Ohio) Matthew Steiner, Marshallville, Ohio Van De Quintana Con Carne Quinoa, bred heifer 2 yrs. .................................................................................. 2,200 (Van De Jerseys, Transfer, Pa.) JX Sexing Berrara 92888 {4}-ET, bred heifer 2 yrs........ 1,600 (Sexing Technologies/Accounting Department, S. Charleston, Ohio) Youngs Jersey Dairy Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio Valentino Noreen of Shell Ray, cow 4 yrs...................... 2,100 (Shell-Ray Jerseys and/or Morgan Eades, Woodstock, Ohio) Dalton Freeman, Bremen, Ind. Glenview Casino Flash, cow 2 yrs................................. 1,950 (Dillon A. Cotter, Fairhope, Pa.) Vanderfeltz Jerseys, Lawton, Pa. Van De Choko Valkrie Veronica, bred heifer 20 mos..... 1,950 (Van De Jerseys) JX Mapleline Cece Choice Pippa {5}, bred heifer 23 mos. .................................................................................. 1,900 (Mapleline Farm LLC, Hadley, Mass.) Jason Cast, Beaver Crossing, Neb. WRJ Texas Brielle {6}, cow 2 yrs.................................... 1,900 (J William and Rachel Hodgel, Norwich, Ohio) Scenic View Chrome 10, cow 2 yrs................................ 1,900 (Diley Jerseys, Canal Winchester, Ohio) Sunbow Tux Opal, cow 2 yrs.......................................... 1,500 (Sunbow Jerseys, Cottage Grove, Tenn.) Genesis Velocitys HawaiI 2.0, cow 4 yrs........................ 1,400 (Diley Jerseys) Aaron Hass, Evansville, Wis. Billings MS Broadway, cow 3 yrs.................................... 1,800 (Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, Vt.) Billings Velocity Dainty, bred heifer 27 mos.................... 1,650 (Billings Farm and Museum) Sexing Chrome 86864-ET, bred heifer 2 yrs.................. 1,600 (Sexing Technologies/Accounting Department) Boks Jersey Farm, Defiance, Ohio JX Normandell Kingston Allie {6}, cow 2 yrs.................. 1,700 (Normandell Farms, Liberty, Pa.) (continued to page 32)



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Cantendo Acres Grazeland Jerseys LLC Creston, Ohio Tom & Rosalie Noyes 330/345-6516

Russ& Cheryl King 330/435-4023

Highland Jersey Farms

Alan and Sharon Kozak Courtney and Brandon

10061 TR 301, Millersburg, OH 44654 Phone: 330/231-7474 Email:

The Donald & Joan Bolen Family Jim & Jodi

Ph./Fax: 419/334-8960

Terry & Susan


2836 CR 55, Fremont, OH 43420

Spahr Jersey Farm, Inc. Brian 419/348-9135 • David 419/348-9137 9898 T-234, Findlay, Ohio 45840 Email REAP Herd • Equity Investor

Quality “PHJ” Jerseys PINE HILL JERSEY FARM LLC Scott and Mandy Lindsay and Family Phone/Fax: 330-457-0304 47467 St. Rt. 46, New Waterford, Ohio 44445

Ohio Fall Production Sale (continued from page 30)

JX Clareshoe Harris Testy {5}, cow 2 yrs....................... 1,600 (Steven R. Shoemaker, Salem, Ohio) JX Grazeland Vandrell Deedra {3}, cow 2 yrs................ 1,400 (Russell and Cheryl King, Creston, Ohio) Clareshoe Perry Regent, bred heifer 23 mos................ 1,400 (Steven R. Shoemaker) Sexing Jiggy 91176-ET, bred heifer 22 mos.................. 1,400 (Inguran LLC DBA Sexing Technologies, Navasota, Texas) Gary McGibbon, Crouse, N.C. Clareshoe Nuance Adeline, cow 2 yrs........................... 1,700 (Steven R. Shoemaker) JX Grazeland Cyrus Laurelei {4}, cow 2 yrs.................. 1,700 (Russell and Cheryl King) JX Grazeland Ronaldo Barina {4}, cow 2 yrs................. 1,700 (Russell and Cheryl King) QC/IGL VIP Ruckus, bred heifer 2 yrs........................... 1,600 (Diley Jerseys and Williams Jerseys, Canal Winchester, Ohio) Billings Fizz Sierra, bred heifer 2 yrs.............................. 1,600 (Billings Farm and Museum) Normandell Chrome Winnie {6}, bred heifer 2 yrs......... 1,600 (Normandell Farms) Van De Chrome Vista Picture, bred heifer 21 mos........ 1,600 (Van De Jerseys) JX Normandell Cespedes Tara {4}, cow 2 yrs................ 1,600 (Normandell Farms) Van De Heavy Excursion Ramble, bred heifer 21 mos..1,550 (Van De Jerseys) Van De Heavy Grand Prix Winter, bred heifer 21 mos.. 1,550 (Van De Jerseys) Choko Corona Caracas of Pengwen, bred heifer 21 mos. .................................................................................. 1,500 (Pengwen Jerseys, Clarks Mills, Pa.) JX Grazeland Vandrell Wesley {3}, cow 2 yrs................ 1,500 (Brandon R. King, Creston, Ohio) Van De Heavy Bounce Robust, bred heifer 20 mos...... 1,450 (Van De Jerseys) Billings Magician Meadow, bred heifer 2 yrs.................. 1,450 (Billings Farm and Museum) WRJ Disco Lucinda, cow 2 yrs...................................... 1,400 (J William and Rachel Hodge) JX WRJ Bellman Rhythm {4}, cow 2 yrs........................ 1,400 (J William and Rachel Hodge)

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JX Cantendo Ronaldo Amberlee {4}, cow 2 yrs............ 1,400 (Thomas E. Noyes and Family, Wooster, Ohio) Clareshoe Craze Whiskey {6}, bred heifer 2 yrs............ 1,400 (Steven R. Shoemaker) JX Cantendo Cyrus Dafnie {4}, cow 2 yrs...................... 1,400 (Thomas E. Noyes and Family) Kevin Mansfield, Amsterdam, N.Y. JX Grazeland Avon Bayley {3}, cow 2 yrs...................... 1,600 (Russell and Cheryl King) Justin, Alex and Levi Coppersmith, Columbiana, Ohio JX Normandell Method Tanya {5}, cow 2 yrs................. 1,500 (Normandell Farms)

Letter To The Editor Thank you for sponsoring the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest. I am very honored to have received this award. Also, thank you for all the years of junior activities. They have taught me a lot of great things I will use in my future. I look forward to helping the future youth the way I was helped. Thank you! Colin Wussow, Cecil, Wis. Thank you for being a sponsor for the Western National Junior Jersey Show. I appreciate all of your support. Sincerely, Adalyn Snell, Mount Angel, Ore.

Thank you for being a sponsor for the Western National Junior Jersey Show. I appreciate all of your support. Sincerely, Kiptyn Snell, Mount Angel, Ore. Thank you for being a sponsor of the 2021 Western National Junior Jersey Show. Your continued support means a lot to juniors like me. Thanks again, Lauryn Young, Chehalis, Wash. My Jersey cow, Bambi, won the Jersey show at the Oregon State Fair this year. I raised her from a bottle. She is the only dairy cow we own. We raise calves on her as well as milk for our family. Bambi is a member of our family. I have learned so much the past three years with her. I was the Reserve Champion Dairy Showman at the Oregon State Fair as well. Thank you for supporting 4-H. Kylie Tesh, Redmond, Ore.



Kip, Katie, Max and Henry Keller 6476 N. Bergen Road, Byron, NY 14422 585/548-2299 • Email Visit us on the web:

Scotch View Farms George and Nadine Wilson • David Wilson Henry Aldrich, Herdsman

283 Blenheim Hill Road, Stamford, NY 12167 Phone 607/652-7181 Email 2020 AJCA ME Lact. Avg. on 67 cows: 24,446M 1,211F 907P

Merle, Margaret, Mike, Tim and Debbie Lawton Nathan and Ryan Lawton and Chelsie Fuller 431 Bridge St., Newark Valley, NY 13811 607/642-8169 Farm • Tim: 607/341-1172 •


AJCA Office Staff Phone Directory Below is a guide to direct lines for each office staff member at the American Jersey Cattle Association office. These numbers are availabe to provide easier access for our customers. The primary office number is still 614/861-3636 to reach the receptionist. If you call after hours and would like to leave a message you may use the last four digits of the numbers below as an extension, or during hours ask for a department or specific staff person. If you wish to use the direct line for an employee, the numbers are listed below. A complete list of staff can be found on the USJersey website at https:// StaffDirectory.aspx. Administration Neal Smith Becky Anway

614.322.4455 614.322.4472

Accounting Vickie White Staff Accountant Connie Hoy

614.322.4452 614.322.4465 614.322.4505


Communications Kim Billman 614.322.4451 Michele Ackerman 614.322.4470 Tracie Hoying 614.322.4471 Autumn Bowlby 614.322.4473 Abbey Werstler 614.322.4451 Lindsay L’Amoreaux 614.322.4451 Genetics and Research Cari Wolfe 614.322.4453 Herd Services Lori King Jody Williams

614.322.4457 614.322.4461

Lisa Boysel Elissa Monrad Kaitlyn Mattox Sophie Hoelscher

614.322.4459 614.322.4467 614.322.4460 614.322.4458

Information Technology Larry Wolfe 614.322.4463 Philip Cleary 614.322.4474 Michael McCabe 614.322.4464 Jersey Marketing Service Greg Lavan 614.216.8838 Autumn Bowlby 614.322.4473 National All-Jersey Inc. Erick Metzger 614.322.4450

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New England Jerseys

Sponsor of the Northeast Jersey Classic and Breeder’s Sale

President: AJCA-NAJ Area Representative: Moira Poitras, Mass. Brenda Snow 802/728-3920

Secretary: Toni Ann Jacque, Mass.

Lucky Hill Farm

Henry and Jenn McReynolds 845 McReynolds Road, Danville, VT 05828 Email Phone 802/748-0085 or 802/748-9172

Springdale Jerseys Inc. The Whitcomb Family • 205 Birches Rd., Waldo, Maine 04915 207/342-5446 Phone/Fax 207/342-5135 Walter • 207/722-3247 Nancy

Silver Maple Farms Inc.

The McKeen Family • Home of SMJ Jerseys 414 Hussey Rd., Albion, ME 04910 Barn: 207/437-5181 • Home 207/437-2554 E-mail: A REAP herd and member of New England Jersey Sires, Inc.


Sheldon Sawyer, Sr. and Sheldon “Tom” Sawyer, Jr. Owners 420 Wentworth Rd., Walpole, NH 03608-9715

Phone and Fax: 603/756-4049 Email:

Letter To The Editor As members of the Iowa State Dairy Judging Team, we would like to express our appreciation to you for sponsoring the 2021 Vernon County Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. We were very pleased with our performance. Your support of the judging team activity is important to all of us as the experience is not one that can be taught in the classroom. Thank you for your generous support in

the contest. Sincerely, ISU Dairy Judging Team Thank you immensely for your sponsorship and support of the top individual in the Jersey breed at the 100th National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo. Competing at this contest has been a dream of mine ever since I got my first taste of dairy judging as an eight-year-old in 4-H. The opportunity to represent Iowa

Mills Jersey Farm LLC The Newell Mills Family 4675 Sheckler Rd., Fallon, NV 89406 • 775/217-5470

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State University and win the Jersey breed among so many other respected and highquality dairy judges is an experience I am humbled by and hold close to my heart. I cannot express how thankful I am for your continued support and generosity for this contest, the Jersey breed, and collegiate dairy judging as a whole. Sincerely, Brianne McBride, Member of the 2021 Iowa State Dairy Judging Team

Shenandoah Jerseys The Tracy Stiles Family Janet Stiles Fulton JR and Jessica Stiles Hess

18848 Printz Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713 301/582-2178 •



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President and Director Elections For 2022


ur organizations have two tremendous assets. First is the Jersey cow as a profitable producer with the longest productive life in the business today. Secondly is the reputation our organizations have. As I travel the country, I hear over and over, “Jersey has great programs. Jersey has the best customer service. We really enjoy working with the Jersey association.” Building on these assets is the role of yo u r e l e c t e d leadership, the people Neal Smith who serve as Executive Secretary Directors and Presidents of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. Perhaps you, or a person you know, should become a candidate for one of these positions. Governace Structure The American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and National All-Jersey Inc. (NAJ) are each governed by a Board of Directors. The AJCA Board consists of a President and 12 Directors. The responsibilities of the Board include establishing Association policies and programs, setting fees, authorizing expenditures, hiring the Executive Secretary and Treasurer, and being responsible for the overall well-being of the Association. The active members of the Association elect the President and Directors. A member is considered active when he or she has registered or had transferred to his or her ownership a Jersey animal within the past two (2) years. The NAJ Board is composed of 11 Directors. Five Directors are elected by the voting members in the District they represent, three Directors are appointed by the AJCA Board, and there are three exofficio Directors. The ex-officio Directors are the AJCA President and chairs of the AJCA Finance and Development committees. The President is elected from the Board by the Directors. The responsibilities of the NAJ Board are similar to the AJCA Board. Page 36

Qualifications What are the qualifications, nomination and election procedures to be President or a Director? The AJCA Constitution states, “Each Director including the President shall be an active member of the Association who is actively engaged in ownership or management of a recognizable Jersey herd.” In addition, each Director must be a resident of the District from which elected. The NAJ Constitution states that Directors shall be “members of the American Jersey Cattle Association and who are producer or honorary members of National All-Jersey Inc. ...” The elected NAJ Directors must reside in the District they represent. The following are other qualities and considerations for potential President and Director candidates. Leadership. The Presidents and Directors are the elected leaders of the Jersey organizations. Financial Responsibility. The AJCA Board of Directors manages an annual budget of about $3.6 million. The NAJ Board manages an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million and cattle sales of $5 million. Combined net assets of the USJersey organizations is approximately $4 million. The Boards determine the fees for their respective organizations’ services and how all funds will be used. All programs for the improvement and expansion of the breed depend upon the financial well-being of each organization. The Presidents and Directors should be good business and financial managers. Time. The Presidents and Directors soon discover their responsibilities take more time than originally anticipated. The Boards have regular sessions in March, June, and November of each year. The Presidents and Directors will attend state and regional meetings and sales, and represent their organizations at other dairy functions. The Presidents and Directors must be willing to spend time reading and studying various materials and talking with fellow members and others in the dairy industry in order to make informed and intelligent decisions. They spend weeks—not days—on AJCA and NAJ business every year. Responsiveness. The Presidents and Directors must be willing to listen to the

concerns of every breeder of Jersey cattle and producer of Jersey milk, then faithfully pass those concerns on to the Boards and management. National Perspective. Even though a Director is nominated from a particular area or District of the country, they need to be mindful that actions must be made in the best interests of the entire Jersey membership, not just the interests of their particular District. Professionalism. The Presidents and Directors must sort through the facts and fallacies in all arguments. Not all suggestions heard are in the best interest of the Jersey organizations. They must reach a decision, then be able to defend it. If they disagree with the majority vote of the Board, they must be able to abide by and support the decisions of the majority. Loyalty. The Presidents and Directors are ambassadors for the Jersey breed. They need to present a positive image of the Jersey breed, the owners of Jersey cattle, and the organizations. AJCA Nominations A person meeting the constitutional qualifications can be nominated for either AJCA President or Director. Nominations for President must be made by petition signed by any 30 active members of the Association. Nominations for Director must be made by petition signed by 20 active members residing in the District for which the person seeks to serve as Director. Petitions can be obtained by writing or calling the Executive Secretary. The petitions must be received by the Executive Secretary no later than 65 days in advance of the Annual Meeting. The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 25. Therefore, nominating petitions for this year’s election for President or Director must be received by the Executive Secretary on or before April 21, 2022. Terms andVoting. The President is elected for a one-year term at each Annual Meeting. There is no limit on the number of terms a President may serve. Four Directors are elected at each Annual Meeting for a term of three years. A Director can serve two consecutive terms. A former Director is eligible to serve another term one year after completion of two consecutive terms. JERSEY JOURNAL

If appointed or elected to fill an unexpired Director term, the person shall be eligible for election to serve two, three-year terms after service for the unexpired term is completed. Voting for President and Directors is by ballot only. All active members of the AJCA, 50 days prior to the Annual Meeting, are eligible to vote. They receive a ballot by mail or an electronic link to vote. The candidate for each position receiving the plurality of votes is elected. Director Districts. The United States is divided into 12 Districts. The District boundaries are drawn in geographic regions to provide equal representation based on number of members and participation in AJCA programs. The 12 Districts are: First District: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont Second District: New Jersey, New York Third District: Pennsylvania Fourth District: Ohio and West Virginia Fifth District: Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Sixth District: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee Seventh District: Wisconsin Eighth District: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota Ninth District: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Tenth District: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming Eleventh District: Arizona, California— all counties except Merced—Hawaii, Nevada, Utah Twelfth District: California—Merced County Directors to be elected by District are as follows: 2022 Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, and Twelfth Districts 2023 Second, Sixth, Eighth, and Eleventh Districts 2024 First, Third, Fifth, and Ninth Districts 2022 AJCA Elections At the 2022 Annual Meeting, elections will be held for President and four Directors. Current President Jonathan Merriam’s DECEMBER 2021

Map of American Jersey Cattle Association Districts

one-year term expires at the next Annual Meeting and he is eligible to seek re-election. The Directors and their current districts whose terms expire at the 2022 Annual Meeting are: Joel Albright, Willard, Ohio, Fourth District; Donna Phillips, Newton, Wis., Seventh District; Garry Hansen, Mulino, Ore., Tenth District; and Tyler Boyd, Hilmar, Calif., Twelfth District. All directors (Albright, Phillips, Hansen, and Boyd) are eligible to succeed themselves. They each have served one three-year term. The following summarizes the 2022 AJCA elections: • Election for the President; • Fourth District (current Director Albright has served one three-year term and is eligible for re-election); • Seventh District (current Director Phillips has served one three-year term and is eligible for re-election); • Tenth District, (current Director Hansen has served one three-year term and is eligible for re-election). • Twelfth District (current Director Boyd has served one three-year term and is eligible for re-election), and; NAJ Director Nominations A person meeting the constitutional qualifications can be nominated for one of the five elected NAJ Directors. Nominations for Director must be made by petition signed by 10 voting members residing in the District for which the person seeks to serve as Director. Petitions can be obtained by writing or calling the Executive Secretary. The petitions must be received by the Executive Secretary no later than 60 days in advance of the Annual Meeting. The 2022

Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, June 24. Therefore, nominating petitions for next year’s election for Director must be received by the Executive Secretary on or before April 25, 2022. Terms and Voting. Directors are elected or appointed at the Annual Meeting for a term of four years. There are no term limits. Voting for the elected Directors is by ballot only. All eligible members of NAJ residing in the District for which a Director election is being held, 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting, are eligible to vote. They receive a ballot by mail or an electronic link to vote. The candidate for each position receiving the plurality of votes is elected. The three Directors appointed by the AJCA Board are appointed for a term of four years. The exofficio members’ terms on the NAJ Board coincide with their AJCA positions. Director Districts. For the elected Director positions, the United States is divided into five Districts. The District boundaries are drawn in geographic regions based on revenue. District lines are drawn to keep all Districts with close to the same amount of revenue. The five Districts are: District 1: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming District 2: California, Hawaii District 3: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, NewYork, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont District 4: Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, (continued to page 38)

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Genomic Lots Headline Reaching for the Stars Sale

Genomic stars were the headliners for the Reaching for the Stars sale, a virtual event that wrapped up on July 16, 2021. With a tagline of “an extension of the All American Jersey Sale,” Jersey breeders had opportunity to purchase the same high end genetics that sell in the granddaddy of Jersey sales. As well, a portion of the proceeds were designated for the All American fund. In all, four genomic lots were struck off for an average of $7,250. The sale was managed by Jersey Marketing Service, with online viewing and bidding available through ABS Global Inc., De Forest, Wis., purchased the high seller, Jer-Z-Boyz Alix, for $11,000. “Alix” is a January 2021 daughter of Primus Viceroy CalibanET, GJPI +104. Three generations of the cow family rank for genetic merit. “Alix” has a GJPI of +134 and is +866M, +57F (+0.07%) and +44P (+0.06). She is +661 for Cheese Merit Dollars and tested free for Jersey Haplotype 1 (JH1) and is a noncarrier for Jersey Neuropathy with Splayed Forelimbs (JNS). Her high component dam, sired by River Valley Circus Craze-ET, GJPI +58, has a GJPI of +86 and GPTAs of +273M, +39F (+0.12%) and +19P (+0.04%). Her grandam is sired by Hillview Listowel-P, GJPI +151. She has a two lactation m.e. average of 25,020–1,214–966. “Alix” was consigned by Jer-Z-Boyz, Pixley, Calif. Select Sires Inc., Plain City, Ohio, placed the last bid of $9,000 on the second high selling lot, rights to an in-vitro fertilization session with Cal-Mart Hjort Jan 9699, Very

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Good-84%. The deep-pedigreed daughter of ISDK VJ Hjortvangs Holmer Hjort, GJPI +99, ranks #17 among genotyped cows with a GJPI of +140. She has a Genomic Future Inbreeding of +5.3% and is +613 for CM$. She has GPTAs of +311M, +64F (+0.23%) and +30P (+0.09%) and an m.e. average of 23,520–1,299–923 on two lactations. She has 28 registered progeny to date, many ranked on the top genetic lists. She is backed by six Very Good or Excellent dams with top production. Her dam is a Very Good-87% daughter of CalMart Medalist Pilgrim, GJPI +79, with a six lactation m.e. average of 21,519–1,120– 815. She ranks for genetic merit among genotyped cows with a GJPI of +114. Her grandam is a Very Good-83% daughter of Richies Jace TBone A364, GJPI -25, with an m.e. average of 24,977–1,207–913 on three records. The third dam of “Jan 9699” is an Excellent-90% daughter of Sunset Canyon RP Militia-ET, GJPI -14, with five lactations—four over 22,000 lbs. milk and two over 27,000 lbs. milk. The next dam has a three lactation m.e. average of 26,352–1,232–935. Her Very Good-87% fifth dam has a three lactation m.e. average of 28,727–1,362–1,016. Her Very Good88% sixth dam has four lactations and a best record of 3-1 305 26,070 5.6% 1,472 3.5% 912 95DCR. The lot was consigned by Martin Dairy LLC, Tillamook, Ore. Matthew Steiner, Marshallville, Ohio, purchased MM Ensign Asgard-ET, GJPI +119, for $5,000. An April 2021 son of Ahlem Kiawa Ensign 24617-ET, GJPI +84, he is out of JX MM Viceroy Amanda 9861 {6}. He was consigned by Matt Hogan,

Misty Meadow Dairy, Tillamook, Ore. Four J Jerseys, Tipton, Calif., purchased the final lot for $4,000, a minimum of five #1 conventional flush embryos sired by sexed Forest Glen Jiggy Jalapeno-ET, GJPI +158, and out of Pine-Tree Viceroy Della 1918 {6}-ET. The lot was consigned by Eric Havens, Fremont, Ohio.

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Wisconsin District 5: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia 2022 NAJ Elections At the 2022 NAJ Annual Meeting, one Director, with a four-year term, will be elected. The elected Director whose term expires is John Marcoot, Greenville, Ill., District 4. He is eligible to succeed himself. Another Director, with a four-year term, will be appointed. The appointed Director whose term expires is Veronica Steer, Cottage Grove, Tenn., District 8 at large. If you have questions regarding the election of the AJCA and NAJ Boards, please do not hesitate to contact me. We encourage all AJCA and NAJ active members to consider seeking these positions. The Jersey organizations have been blessed with outstanding leadership. For that tradition to continue, we need willing and qualified candidates to serve.



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In Memoriam Dr. Michael A. Barnes Dr. Michael A. “Mike” Barnes, Blacksburg, Va., 79, longtime professor and dairy cattle judging team coach at Virginia Tech, passed away on October 10, 2021. Barnes also operated Bar-K Jerseys with his wife, Dr. Katharine Knowlton, and registered cattle with the BK prefix. He received the Pioneer Award from National Dairy Shrine in 2019. Barnes was born on September 6, 1942. Though his impact on the dairy industry was immense, he did not grow up on a farm. Instead, interest in dairy cattle was sparked as a teenager when he worked for a nearby dairy farm. Mike earned a dairy science degree from the University of Connecticut (UConn) in 1965 and then enlisted in the Marine Corps. After serving his country in Vietnam, he returned home, started a family, and earned advanced degrees in reproductive physiology at UConn. He moved his family to Lakeville, Conn., and, for several years, helped run a dairy farm with a friend. In 1978, Dr. Barnes was recruited by Clemson University as an assistant professor in the dairy science department. In 1981, he joined the faculty at Virginia Tech, where he taught classes in dairy cattle selection, reproduction and lactation physiology, and reproductive manage-

ment. During his career at Virginia Tech, he directly impacted more than 2,000 students. His unparalleled commitment to excellence, unrelenting honesty, candor, humility, and great sense of humor made him popular among students. In 2016, after 35 years of distinguished service, Dr. Barnes was named Professor Emeritus. His ability to teach both “practical” and “theory” earned him numerous teaching awards, including the Alumni Award for Excellence in Academic Advising and the William E. Wine Teaching Award, the school’s highest honor for teachers. Across four decades, Dr. Barnes coached dairy cattle judging teams at UConn, Clemson, and Virginia Tech, instilling not just the ability to evaluate animals, but to make wise decisions and communicate effectively. He coached five national champion teams and three high individuals. He also served as advisor to the Virginia Tech Dairy Science Club for more than 20 years. He received the National Teaching Award from Purina Mills, the Student Affiliate Advisor Award from American Dairy Science Association, and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the UConn College of Agriculture. He was a member of the American Jersey Cattle Association. He loved his sons, dogs, and students who worked hard and showed up early. He rooted for the Boston Red Sox, UConn basketball, and for any team, really, whose


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Brenda Churchill Flint Brenda Churchill Flint, Brookfield, Vt., 44, passed away doing what she loved— walking—on October 15, 2021, victim of a motor vehicle accident on a road near home. She was born to Ray and Lora Churchill of Brookfield on July 1, 1977. She grew up on Sky View Farm LLC, a Registered Jersey dairy owned and operated by her family. Brenda was a four-year member of the National Honor Society at Randolph Union High School and Randolph Area Vocational Center. She received a fulltuition scholarship to Vermont Technical College (VTC), earning an associate degree in business administration. She



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later received an undergraduate degree in business administration from Johnson State College. She married Paul Flint in 2000 and gave birth to their daughter, Samantha, in 2005. Brenda began her career as staff accountant for the civil engineering company Dubois and King. She had that position for 11 years and then assumed duties at Vermont State Colleges System. She was director of business services and associate controller in the office of the chancellor for five years and staff accountant at VTC for eight years. Shortly before her passing, she had begun a new position as controller for VTC and the Community College of Vermont. She served the town of Brookfield as auditor for six years and was just beginning a two-year term as selectboard member of financial controls for the town. In her spare time, she helped to operate Sky View Farm and a maple sugar business. She enjoyed running, walking, biking, and medaled competitions. Brenda loved working with numbers, believing spreadsheets were the answer to all things requiring organization. She was an avid fan for Duke basketball, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, cheering him on despite his departure for Tampa Bay. She donated blood to the Red Cross for 25 years and was an organ donor. She was truly happy, shining in the prime of her life. In addition to her husband, daughter and parents, she is survived by an older sister, Amy Ferris, and younger sister, Tina Churchill; two brothers-in-law; four

nieces or nephews; her grandfather, Kermit (Sandra) LaBounty; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Lois LaBounty, and paternal grandparents, Robert and Margaret Churchill. Memorials may be made to The Brenda Churchill Flint Memorial Scholarship, Vermont Tech, Attn: Development & Alumni Relations Office, P.O. Box 500, Randolph Center, VT 05061, or The Red Cross.

Ela May Hebgen Ela May Hebgen, De Forest, Wis., 12, passed away tragically on October 24, 2021. She was born on May 14, 2009, to Adam and Nicki Hebgen, and spent much time at Kessenich Farms LLC in De Forest, owned and operated by her maternal grandparents, Jeff and Robin Krueger Kessenich, Aunt Natalie Kessenich, and Uncle Wade Kessenich. Ela’s first love was her Jersey cattle—a passion she shared with her three sisters. She began showing at the age of two and exhibited cattle with her family at local, state, and national shows, earning many prizes on the tanbark trail. She earned awards in the Junior All-Wisconsin program and made purchases from the Pot O’Gold Sale. Ela was also very active in dairy judging, coached by her mom, the 2003 National Jersey Queen. Ela was a beautiful, free-spirited girl,

loved by all. She was the leader of any adventure and fearless at any task. She played softball, was a talented gymnast and enjoyed the out-of-doors with her sisters and cousins. She shared a special bond with each of her siblings. Ela and Ava, being a year apart, were thick as thieves and shared a dream of winning competitions at World Dairy Expo. Recently, the two competed on the Columbia County team that won the type analysis questions portion of the state 4-H junior dairy judging contest in August. Ela and Ivy shared a love of gymnastics, competing on the same team and anticipating meets this winter. Ela was a patient, nurturing and kind older sister to Liv. She was the first of the three to hold Liv after she was born. In addition to her parents, sisters, maternal grandparents and uncle, Wade (Jacey) Kessenich, and aunt, Natalie (Tanner Hughes) Kessenich, she is survived by her paternal grandparents, Pat and Diane Hebgen; uncles Josh (Holly) Hebgen and Zach (Ashley) Hebgen; and 10 cousins. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents. In lieu of flowers, donations will be used to create a fund for her sisters.

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