All American Jersey Show held at Louisville

2010 AJCA All American winners named

The Jersey All American and Reserve All American winners of 2010 have been announced by the American Jersey Cattle Association, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The awards were presented during The 58th All American Jersey Show, Louisville, Ky.

Leading the list was Ratliff Price Alicia, the unprecedented three-time National Grand Champion for Ron and Christy Ratliff of Garnett, Kans. “Alicia” helped the Ratliffs win the Premier Breeder banner at the 398-head show, then repeated as Supreme Champion of the North American International Livestock Exposition dairy show.

Three operations picked up three awards each. The Sauder family of River Valley Dairy, Tremont, Ill., had two All Americans and one Reserve winner in their string that won the Premier Exhibitor award. The partnership of Peter Vail and Budjon Farms, Lomira Wis., received one All American with their National Jersey Jug Futurity winner, Hillacres Morrae Maryland, and two Reserve awards. The Roger Riebe family of Cumberland, Wis., had the All American junior best three group, which included two award recipients.

Tera Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich., received two All American awards: for Gadget Jade of Edgebrook, the winning 4-year-old cow and Premier Performance Cow, and for the Junior Champion of the show, PM Minister Lea.

Two Reserve All American awards went to Craig Walton and Gene Iager with partners, from Carlisle, Pa. One was for the Reserve National Grand Champion, Frederick 2783 Adventure, and the other for the Reserve Junior Champion, Exels Carrier Polly 2109.

Family Hill Jerseys, Ferndale, Wash., and Waverly Farm, Clear Brook, Va., also received two awards each.

Complete results from The 58th All American Jersey Show are posted on the USJersey web site at www.usjersey.com/AllAmericanResults/10_Results_index.html#OpenShow.

Winners in the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest were Brittany Core, Salvisa, KY; Kelli Ann Carstensen, Petaluma, CA; Logan Horst, Mercersburg, PA; Kyle Schirm, West Salem, OH; Amber Ettinger, Kinards, SC; Cassandra Chittenden, Schodack Landing, NY; Stacey Theobald, Waymart, PA; Avery Lutz, Mocksville, NC; Julie Ann Ozburn, Nolensville, TN; and Daniel Fugate, Whitesburg, TN.

Junior Breeders recognized by NJA

Ten young people were honored for their accomplishments in the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest.

Winners were Brittany Core, Salvisa, KY; Kelli Ann Carstensen, Petaluma, CA; Logan Horst, Mercersburg, PA; Kyle Schirm, West Salem, OH; Amber Ettinger, Kinards, SC; Cassandra Chittenden, Schodack Landing, NY; Stacey Theobald, Waymart, PA; Avery Lutz, Mocksville, NC; Julie Ann Ozburn, Nolensville, TN; and Daniel Fugate, Whitesburg, TN.

The contest recognizes outstanding achievement by junior Jersey breeders in four areas: work with Registered Jerseys™, related dairy activities, relative progress, and future goals. They were selected from 17 outstanding youth nominated by state Jersey associations, based on their cumulative record through Dec. 31, 2009.

The American Jersey Cattle Association presented cash awards totaling $3,000, including $600 to the contest winner, at the Junior Banquet held in conjunction with The All American Junior Jersey Show in Louisville, Ky.

California youth crowned National Jersey Queen

Lena Sweeney, Stanford, Calif., has been crowned the 56th National Jersey Queen. Sweeney, active in Jersey and dairy youth projects for more than years, was presented the Charlene Nardone Crown by 2009 National Jersey Queen Stephanie Kasper on Nov. 6, during the Jersey Junior Banquet in Louisville, Ky.

She will represent Jersey breeders for the next year with her participation in events such as the Annual Meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association, World Dairy Expo and The 59th All American Jersey Shows & Sales.

Junior All American winners announced

Twenty-four Jersey youth (ages 9-20) from 14 states have been recognized by the American Jersey Cattle Association as the owners of the Junior All American winners for 2010. The awards were announced Nov. 6 during The 58th All American Junior Jersey Show in Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky.

The Junior All American Four-Year-Old, Indiana Veda, was selected by judge Craig Padgett, Waynesburg, Ky., as Grand Champion of the 218-head show. “Veda” was exhibited by Erin Williams, McConnelsville, Ohio.

Parkview Centurion Russia, the All American Aged Cow, was named Reserve Grand Champion. She was shown by Nic Sauder of Tremont, Ill., who had three Junior All American winners and one Reserve Junior All American. He was the show’s Premier Exhibitor. Premier Breeder honors went to R. J. Doran, Newberry, S.C.

Tera Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich., was the only other junior exhibitor to receive multiple recognitions, both Reserve Junior All American awards. One went to her 4-year-old entry, Gadget Jade of Edgebrook, who was named the Premier Performance Cow of the show.

Complete results from The 58th All American Junior Jersey Show are posted on the USJersey website at www.usjersey.com/AllAmericanResults/10_Results_index.html#Junior Show.

Leadership named for 59th All American Jersey Show & Sale

The team of Jersey breeders who will lead The 59th All American Jersey Shows & Sales were announced by 2011 general chair, Jim VanBuskirk, Carleton, Mich.

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

Corey Lutz, Lincolnton, N.C., will chair the sale committee, succeeding Mike Fremstad, Viroqua, Wis., who will serve as the associate general chair. The associate chair for the sale committee will be Jim Quist, of Fresno, Calif.

Chair of the Open Show Committee will be this year’s Klussendorf Trophy honoree, Mike Stiles, Clear Brook, Va. Named associate chair was Joshua Gordon, Warsaw, Ind.

Sue Luchsinger, Syracuse, N.Y., will chair the meeting of the Junior Activities Committee, with Wesley Blankenship, Jackson, Tenn., serving as the associate chair. Also serving on this committee will be the National Jersey Queen, Lena Sweeney of Visalia, Calif.

The National Jersey Jug Futurity Committee will be led by Jennifer Gordon, Warsaw, Ind. Brooke Core Powers, Richmond, Ky., is the associate.

The 2011 events will run Nov. 5-7, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Contact Dr. Cherie L. Bayer, coordinator of The All American Jersey Shows & Sales, for more information on the events or available sponsorships at 614-322-4456.

2010 shows, sales set records

The 2010 All American was the largest exhibition of registered Jerseys in the world, with 398 females placed in the open show and the National Jersey Jug Futurity. A total of 218 animals were shown by 133 aspiring Jersey breeders in The All American Junior Jersey Show.

The 58th All American Sale averaged $7,029 on 67 lots, including the high-selling bull, Sunset Canyon Dominican-ET, at $96,000. The high female at $21,500 was Hi-Kel Tbone Pfenning-ET. The 53rd Pot O’Gold Sale, presented by Cow’s Match® Jersey Blend, smashed all previous records, with the high seller at $10,750 and an average of $4,796.77. All 31 heifers sold in the Pot O’Gold had been genotyped.

Genomic PTA averages for the offering were $297 for Cheese Merit and 1.0 for type, at 57% reliability. They were purchased by youth between the ages of 7 and 20 on Jan. 1, 2010 and went to 13 different states. In 2013, the buyers will receive cash awards totaling $25,279 based on the ranking of their heifers’ first lactation records.

2011 Jersey award nomination deadline is Jan. 15

Jan. 15, 2011 is the deadline for nominations for four awards to be presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., June 22-25, 2011. Awards include:

• 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.

Any lifetime member of the AJCA can nominate qualified persons for these awards. Nomination forms may be requested by contacting Paula England at 614/322-4469, or email to pengland@usjersey.com. Forms are also available from the USJersey website at www.usjersey.com/Reference/calendar.htm.

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