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Nominations are sought for multiple awards from the American Jersey Cattle Association including producer awards, the Fred Stout Experience, and the National Jersey Queen.

Please see below for details on each. Note, not all have the same deadline.

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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 Amarillo, Texas, June 24 to 29, 2013.

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, 2013. Forms may be requested from Paula England at 614/322-4469, or email to pengland@usjersey.com. Forms are also available on the USJersey website at www.usjersey.com/Reference/calendar.htm.

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Persons who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey™ cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Fred Stout Experience awards.

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

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

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

Two letters of support are required, one from an active breeder of Registered Jersey™ cattle, excluding immediate family members; and the other from a teacher, mentor or past employer. These must be mailed directly by the supporters to the AJCA office.

Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 1, 2013 and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362. They may be sent by email to info@usjersey.com.

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

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The 58th National Jersey Queen will be selected Saturday, November 3 at the conclusion of Junior Day activities at The All American Jersey Shows and Sale in Louisville, Ky.

The 2012 National Jersey Queen will begin her reign when she is introduced with a court of two alternates at the National Jersey Jug Futurity on November 4. Later that evening, the new Queen and her Court will assist with The 60th All American Jersey Sale, then preside over the Diamond Anniversary of The All American Jersey Show, the world’s largest Jersey show, on Monday, November 5.

She will succeed the reigning Queen, Cassandra Krull of Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Scholarships totaling $1,000 are presented to the Queen and alternates from the Charlene Nardone National Jersey Queen Fund.

Participants in the National Jersey Queen Contest must meet three requirements. First, they must be at least 16 years of age, but not older than 22, on January 1, 2012. Second, they must be either the current year's or a former state or regional Jersey queen, or an exhibitor in the 2012 Western National Junior Jersey Show or The All American Junior Jersey Show. Third, they must be a Junior Member in good standing or Lifetime Member of the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Candidates for National Jersey Queen are evaluated on the quality of their application, interview, general dairy and Jersey breed knowledge, and public speaking, both prepared and extemporaneous. Each of the contest elements is described on the USJersey website at www.usjersey.com/YouthProgram/natlqueen.htm.

Applications must be received in the AJCA office on or before Monday, October 15. Judging begins on Friday, November 2.

The National Jersey Queen represents the Jersey community throughout the year at local, state and national events, including the 2013 AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings, June 24 to 29 in Amarillo, Texas.

For more information about participating in or supporting the National Jersey Queen development program, contact Dr. Cherie L. Bayer, Director of Development, at 614/322-4456, or email cbayer@usjersey.com with “National Queen Contest” in the subject line.

The All American Jersey Show & Sale is an annual production of the American Jersey Cattle Association, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Approximately 100 Jersey breeders from across the United States serve on the All American planning committees, which meet annually in March. For complete premium list with show rules and entry forms, visit the NAILE website at livestockexpo.org or call 502/595-3166. September 20 is the deadline for open and junior show entries, as well as final nominations for the National Jersey Jug Futurity. Late entries may be made for an additional fee until October 10.

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The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability through increasing the value of and demand for Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics, and Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on the association’s complete line of services for dairy business owners, visit the website at www.USJersey.com or follow the news feed at facebook.com/USJersey.

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