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Sara Merckel appointed National Herd Improvement Association CEO

Current National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA) Operations Manager, Sara Merckel, has been appointed as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer.

Over the last 12 years Sara has worked for NHIA in a number of roles, working her way up from office manager to operations manager from 2019 to date, and now CEO. NHIA Chair, Graeme Gillan, says that Sara’s appointment as CEO marks an exciting new chapter for the Association.

“I can think of no one better to lead the National Herd Improvement Association into the future. Over the last three years Sara has played a pivotal role ensuring that Australia’s National Herd Improvement Association has developed and evolved to better meet the needs of members.

“She has worked highly effectively with the Board and members to reinvigorate the Association, improving member industry representation and making significant headway in key strategic areas, including training and education, industry funding and representation to Government,” says Mr Gillan.

Commenting on her appointment, Sara Merkel says: “My major focus for the Association over the next year is for it to take a lead role in training, including introducing the redeveloped AI accreditation program. Another key area is ensuring that a herd improvement
industry career development pathway is put in place and that the opportunity to build a successful career in the AI industry is successfully communicated to younger dairy and beef industry audiences.

“I’m also looking forward to expanding the Australian Herd Improvement Industry Projects Funding Program, which has already seen a number of key projects implemented that directly benefit Australian dairy and beef farmers,” says Sara.

NHIA is the industry organisation that promotes herd improvement within the Australian dairy and beef industry. It provides a range of services to its membership, and through that membership, to benefit Australian dairy and beef farmers. The member base includes
organisations involved directly in the provision of herd improvement services, a range of activities that lead to productivity gains for farmers.

Sara will take up her new role with immediate effect and will report to the NHIA Board of Directors.

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USJersey to Offer More Than $50,000 in Scholarships/Educational Awards

Friday, July 1 is the deadline to apply for scholarship and educational awards administered by the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA), Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

This year $50,750 will be awarded to Jersey youth. The funds will provide financial support for young Jersey owners pursuing a college or university degree or, in some cases, gaining hands-on experience in the development and management of Registered Jersey™ cattle. Eligible applicants are Junior or Lifetime members of the association with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

New in 2022 is the Brentwood Farms Scholarship ($3,500). This scholarship was established from a generous donation of Bob and Pam Bignami, Orland, Calif., from the sale of BW Graduate-ET in 2020.

Students who are high school graduates and have attended Jersey Youth Academy are eligible to apply if heading to, or already enrolled in an accredited four-year college/university majoring in an agricultural-based degree. The award is based upon financial need, academic performance, and leadership skills. Financial need will be determined by comparing the Cost of Attendance (COA) at the students university offset by the amount of money the student will contribute in the form of (1) scholarships and grants, (2) income from work, (3) loans, and (4) contributions from parents and/or others. The scholarship may be automatically renewed up to three times or until completion of your undergraduate degree (whichever comes first) as long as eligibility requirements are met. 

The Walter and Joyce Owens Family Scholarship ($5,000) is in its second year. It will be awarded to an incoming or current undergraduate student in any post education institution studying dairy related majors, working towards a 2-year or 4-year degree and demonstrating satisfactory academic performance. Recipients are eligible to receive scholarship up to two (2) times but must reapply to be considered.

The Russell–Malnati Scholarship for Advanced Studies of $5,000 will be awarded to a graduate student in dairy science, animal science (dairy emphasis), large animal veterinary practice, dairy production or manufacturing, or dairy product marketing.

Students who will begin a program of study at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2022 may apply for the William A. Russell Memorial Scholarship ($3,250). Students who have completed at least one year of study toward their degree are eligible for the V. L. Peterson Scholarship (3,000). Also, the Jack C. Nisbet Memorial Scholarship ($2,750) will be awarded to an eligible nominee for the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest.

A Cedarcrest Farms Scholarship ($2,250) will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a program to earn a degree in large animal veterinary practice, dairy production, dairy manufacturing, or dairy product marketing, and who demonstrates through completed coursework and goal statement, significant progress toward this intended degree and a clear intention for a career in agriculture.

The Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) is for continuing college students in any degree program area. The AJCA Directors’ Scholarship ($2,500) will be awarded based on academic performance, activities and accomplishments with Jersey cattle and commitment to continued involvement in the Jersey dairy business. The Bob Toole Jersey Youth Award ($2,000) can be used for educational expenses or a well-defined practical experience related to breeding, developing and showing Registered Jerseys.

The Morris B. Ewing ABS Genetic Performance Scholarship ($3,500) will be awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate student seeking a career in genetics, dairy production, large animal veterinary medicine or milk marketing. The Lineweaver Scholarship ($4,000) will be awarded to an undergraduate who has completed at least one year of study in a four-year program focused on dairy science, animal science (dairy emphasis) or dairy products.

The recipient of the Anne E. Perchard Challenge Award ($350) will be selected from among applicants for the national achievement contest and/or scholarship program to recognize abilities and leadership potential and, in turn, challenging the recipient to achieve his/her potential through continuing Jersey activities.

Also, the Reuben R. Cowles Jersey Youth Award will be presented to an eligible resident of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to be used for educational expenses or to travel to the All American Jersey Show and Sale, the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings or other Jersey educational activities. Applicants must be at least high school graduates, but not older than 36 years of age as of January 1, 2022.

Two students have been selected for the Fred Stout Experience awards in 2022. Jayme Ozburn, Lewisburg, Tenn., and Maria Joy Poock, Boonboro, Mo., will complete their experiences this summer.

For application forms and instructions, visit the “Scholarships and Internships” page on the USJersey website or use the link, Recipients will be recognized on Saturday, November 5 at the Youth Awards Ceremony held during The All American Jersey Shows and Sales in Louisville, Ky.

The American Jersey Cattle Association has made strategic investments in Jersey youth since 1958 when it created the National Heifer Sale to provide annual funding for educational programs and awards. Scholarships are paid from permanent endowments administered by the American Jersey Cattle Association. Contributions are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) tax deductible charitable gifts and may be made at any time during the year.

Thirteen-Year-Old Cow Named 2021 Star of the Breed

The Star of the Breed award was introduced in 2007 to honor an elite Registered Holstein® cow with outstanding production and exceptional type. With a classification score of EX-97 4E and lifetime production record of over 310,000 pounds of milk, the 2021 recipient embodies the award.

Holstein Association USA is delighted to recognize Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS EX-97 4E as the 2021 Star of the Breed. Subliminal is owned by Budjon Farms and Peter and Lyn Vail and was bred by Ferme Blondin in St. Placide, Quebec. Subliminal calls Budjon Farms in Lomira, Wisconsin home.

“The Star of the Breed award isn’t just about the cows that are champions, it’s about the cows that are well rounded, and I think she exemplifies that as well as any cow in the Holstein breed,” Tom Cull of Budjon Farms says about Subliminal.

Subliminal qualified for the award with her success during the 2021 show season, when she was named first place 150,000 Pound Cow and Grand Champion at the Midwest Spring National Show and second place 150,000 Pound Cow at World Dairy Expo. These impressive placings are just two of many showring accolades Subliminal achieved over the years.

During her award qualifying lactation, Subliminal produced 44,740 pounds of milk, 1,921 (4.3%) fat, and 1,366 (3.1%) protein. In addition to her extreme production and type, her owners appreciate Subliminal’s reproductive power and longevity.

Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS will be recognized during Holstein Association USA’s 136th Annual Meeting at National Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this summer. To learn more or register visit

For the full story of Subliminal’s incredible journey, see the Spring 2022 issue of The Pulse. Select pages are now available online at under the Latest News tab.

Eight Registered Holstein Herds Earn 2021 Herd of Excellence Distinction

Holstein Association USA’s 2021 Herds of Excellence recipients have bred and developed herds with superior production and type. Given annually, the award recognizes outstanding Registered Holstein® breeders who have achieved the best of both in one package.

 “Hats off to the eight 2021 Herds of Excellence! The Brantner, Kestell, Koepke, Koester, Long, Siemers, Vandertie, and Zwald family herds provide excellent examples that show whatever you’re interested in breeding for, the Holstein breed has the diversity in genetics to accomplish your goals,” says Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer.    

The award is broken down into three divisions based on herd size, including the Large Herd Division (500+ cows), Medium Herd Division (100-499 cows), and Small Herd Division (10-99 cows).

This year’s honorees are:

Large Herd Division:

Bomaz Inc. — The Zwald Family, Hammond, Wis.                
92.9% homebred; Age Adjusted Classification Score (AACS) — 85.6 points
ME Production Averages — 32,882M 1,319F 1,046P
Four Year Honoree      

Siemers Holstein Farms Inc. — The Siemers Family, Newton, Wis.
98.5% homebred; AACS — 84.8 points
ME Production Averages — 35,865M 1,511F 1,100P
Six Year Honoree


Medium Herd Division:

Koepke Farms Inc. — The Koepke Family, Oconomowoc, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 84.9 points
ME Production Averages — 35,002M 1,433F 1,060P
Five Year Honoree

Koester Dairy Inc. — The Koester Family, Dakota, Ill.
98.8% homebred; AACS — 85.0 points
ME Production Averages — 35,221M 1,465F 1,110P
Six Year Honoree


Small Herd Division:

B-Long Holsteins — Bruce, Brenda & Bret Long, New London, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 88.2 points
ME Production Averages — 35,059M 1,377F 1,122P
Eleven Year Honoree

Doorco Holsteins— Dan, Julie, and Austin Vandertie, Brussels, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 88.4 points
ME Production Averages — 35,466M 1,397F 1,085P
Five Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC — The Kestell Family, Waldo, Wis.
97.7% homebred; AACS — 88.6 points
ME Production Averages — 40,588M 1,698F 1,267P
Twelve Year Honoree

Show-Mar Holsteins — The Brantner Family, Evans City, Pa.
100% homebred; AACS — 89.5 points
ME Production Averages — 36,662M 1,622F 1,141P
Two Year Honoree

The awards will be presented during Holstein Association USA’s 136th Annual Meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To register for the convention or learn more, visit

Read more about the 2021 Herds of Excellence in the Spring 2022 issue of The Pulse. Select pages of The Pulse are available at under the Latest News tab.

Holstein UK Announces Passing of CEO Sue Cope

It is with great sadness and regret that Holstein UK announces the passing of our friend, colleague and CEO Sue Cope on 11th May 2022 after a short but courageous battle with illness.

Having worked for the Group for over 25 years, Sue took over as CEO of the Holstein UK Group in 2018 and has been a driving force behind the business with her wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the dairy sector.

Over the last 5 years, Sue has been integral in future-proofing the society for the next generation. Her leadership and strategic objectives have delivered confidence to everyone involved in the business and the wider industry. A true leader, Sue will be sorely missed by all of us at Holstein UK, CIS, NBDC and UK Dairy Day and we would like to extend our condolences to her family and friends.

Michael Smale, Holstein UK Chairman, said: “We are all extremely saddened to learn of Sue’s untimely passing and our thoughts are with everyone at this incredibly difficult time. Sue was highly respected within the industry and worked tirelessly towards the development of the Holstein UK Group for many years. To Sue’s credit, the group has recently acquired new headquarters which the team will soon occupy; this will become just a small part of Sue’s legacy and demonstrates her dedication towards developing the Group of businesses.”

In the immediate term, urgent communications should be directed to Melanie Harmitt, CFO of Holstein UK Group by email

Source: Holstein UK

Ernie Kueffner Named Dairy Shrine Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder

Ernest W. Kueffner of Kueffner Holsteins and Jerseys and South Mountain Jerseys is named the Dairy Shrine’s 2022 Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder. This award is given annually to an active, progressive dairy breeder who excels in managing their dairy herd based on sound genetic and business principles.

Kueffner has built a successful and profitable career around breeding, buying and selling cattle that exemplify the Holstein and Jersey breeds. His roots go back to Wisconsin, where his family built the Fullpail Sale Barn that he would eventually purchase. Kueffner managed all aspects of the business, including auctioneering alongside his father. He acquired his first two farms in Wisconsin in the 1970’s before relocating to North Carolina to manage two dairies for Buttke Dairy Enterprises. It was around this time that Kueffner also exported some high-quality Holstein heifers to Hungary and Spain. He then spent another ten years with a herd of his own, which he sold at the remarkably successful Kueffner 24Karat Sale in 1996. The ‘90’s are also marked with Holstein and Jersey sales to Brazil that went on to be champions at their respective shows.

Kueffner continued to influence dairy genetics across the country, moving to Maryland in 1997 to care for his own cattle once again. A few years later, he seized the opportunity to work with Arethusa Farms in Litchfield, CT. By 2004, Kueffner and his wife, Terri Packard moved there to manage the farm full-time, taking their own cattle along with them. In 2013, the Kueffner family returned to Maryland, where they continue to breed and develop Holsteins, Jerseys and the occasional Brown Swiss. His cattle sales over the last decade total more than 860 head, not including heifers sold after calving.

Throughout his career, Kueffner has bred more than 600 excellent females and males in the US and Canada. Globally recognized cows include South Mountain Voltage Radiant, EO Siemers Ashlyns Angel, Ernest-Anthony SD Tobi-ET, Ernest-Anthony SC Vivian and Ernest-Anthony Thriller. Ernest-Anthony Aleeza-ET was at one time the number one PTAT heifer in the breed at +4.65. She is now +3.56 PTAT +2016 TPI and classified VG88 in her first lactation. Kueffner has received countless honors and played a role with innumerable winners at World Dairy Expo, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the National Jersey Jug. In addition to these accolades, he has had a hand in too many All-American winners and nominees to count.

“I have had the honor to own some of the best-known show cows in the business,” Kueffner says. “Ashlyn, Tina and Veronica are household names to breeders around the world. The biggest thrill for me is that they proved to be tremendous brood cows who continue to have an impact on their breeds many generations later.”

Kueffner’s breeding philosophy is centered around the utmost care for the cow. He says, “To be successful in the dairy business, whether showing, selling or marketing milk, the cows have to come first.” In developing generations of superior dairy cattle, Kueffner strives to improve the faults of the individual while maintaining the positive type traits that exist. He homes in on pedigrees and cow families to produce cows with excellent mammaries, correct feet and legs and wide, flat rumps. Kueffner does not use any mating programs: he has always tried to see the milking daughters of a bull in person before using him. He says, “A cow’s pedigree plays a major role in her potential for developing into an outstanding individual. When it comes to the bottom line, pedigrees are essential for marketing. You must be able to sell sons, daughters and embryos to get a return on your investment.”

Kueffner’s involvement in the dairy industry, outside of his own work, is a testament to his passion and knowledge of the ideal dairy cow. He has served on the World Dairy Expo Dairy Cattle Exhibitors Committee, Board of Directors, Building Committee for World Dairy Expo and the Overbagging Committee. Most recently, he has contributed his expertise to the Open Show Committee for the All-American Jersey Show. Awards of note include the A.C. “Whitie” Thompson award in 2002, honoring a herdsman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout the show.

“My cattle come first,” Kueffner summarizes. “I enjoy watching them reach their potential by succeeding in the show ring and building pedigrees through classification and production testing. The cattle I have bred have had tremendous success in the show ring – but the cattle and embryos I have sold have had a larger effect. They are the foundation for cattle breeders around the world and I am thrilled when I hear about daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters excelling for these breeders.”

Ernie Kueffner will receive the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder award at the Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet on Monday, October 3rd in Madison, Wisconsin. His portrait will then be displayed in National Dairy Shrine’s Dairy Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. For more information about National Dairy Shrine, the banquet or this year’s award winners, please contact National Dairy Shrine at or visit their website at

Wolfe To Retire from USJersey

Cari Wolfe has announced her retirement from the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) effective June 1, 2022.

 Wolfe completed 40 years of service with the USJersey organizations across five decades of employment in January. 

 “We have been most fortunate to have her talents and expertise available to us for so many years,” said Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO of AJCA and National All-Jersey Inc. (NAJ). “Cari is a person that has always made things happen. She has never sat idly by wondering what would come of something. She got involved in making sure the Jersey cow and her breeders had the tools to be the most profitable and efficient they could be. We wish her the best in her retirement.”

 The Jersey cow has been a large part of Cari’s life since she was a child. She and her family had Jerseys on their farm, Jer-Nan Farm, Bridgewater, N.J. 

 Cari received a master’s degree in dairy cattle breeding from North Carolina State University after completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. 

 She began her employment with the American Jersey Cattle Club as a southeast area representative in January 1982. While working in the southeast, Cari met her husband, Larry, and the two eventually relocated to Reynoldsburg, Ohio, to begin working at the main office in 1987. 

 Cari served two years as coordinator of Jersey Marketing Service before taking the role of Director of Research and Genetic Program Development in July 1989. 

 In this capacity she was asked to develop new programs to encourage increased production of protein relative to fat and explore ways to work with milk producers owning cattle less than 100% Jersey. As well, this began her work as a liaison with the university personnel in conducting research funded by the AJCC Research Foundation and encouraging additional Jersey-specific research in priority areas. 

 “Cari has been a major asset for a small organization and members of USJersey,” said Smith. “She is a tremendous resource for our breed with her depth of knowledge in the genetic field. The Jersey cow and its breeders have reaped the benefits of her work.”

 Wolfe has worked closely with Dr. Ronald Pearson (Virginia Tech) and Dr. Kent Weigel (University of Wisconsin-Madison) over the past four decades to develop a Jersey-specific breeding tool—first PTI (Production Type Index) and now JPI (Jersey Performance Index). This work led her to help build P-Levels for heifers to give independent rankings within the breed. 

 “Cari has been a terrific partner over the years, and she embodies all the reasons I enjoy working with AJCA,” said Dr. Weigel. “Her dedication, forward-looking mindset, and positive attitude are infectious, and it has been a pleasure to collaborate on many projects and initiatives.”

Linda Horner Named New Jersey Canada Director for the Jersey West Region

Introducing Linda Horner, the new Jersey Canada Director for Jersey West region. Linda will be completing the term for outgoing President Joanne Edwards.

Having a lifelong passion for dairy cattle, she started with red & white Holsteins then acquired her first Jersey over 15 years ago and was hooked on the breed. She brings lots of experience from serving on various boards, including the Manitoba Holstein Branch and the Manitoba Jersey Cattle Club. Residing in Blumenort, Manitoba, together with her husband Ian, and daughter Kelly, she has a small collection of Jerseys bred under the Redhot prefix.

Voici Linda Horner, la nouvelle directrice de Jersey Canada pour la région Jersey West. Linda terminera le mandat de la présidente sortante Joanne Edwards.

Passionnée depuis toujours de l’industrie laitière, elle a commencé avec des Holstein rouges et blanches puis a acquis sa première Jersey il y a plus de 15 ans et est devenue accro de la race. Elle apporte beaucoup d’expérience en siégeant à divers conseils d’administration, dont Manitoba Holstein et Manitoba Jersey Cattle Club. Elle réside à Blumenort, au Manitoba, avec son mari Ian et sa fille Kelly, elle possède un petit troupeau de Jerseys élevés sous le préfixe Redhot.

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Dereck Addie Joins Jersey Canada as their Communications Specialist

Jersey Canada is excited to welcome Dereck Addie as our new Communications Specialist. Dereck graduated from Dawson College in Montreal, and has worked in the graphics, marketing and communications field for over 25 years. In addition to his design work, Dereck has extensive experience in customer service and advertising sales, developing strong working relationships with a diverse range clients and customers.

He has worked with both English and French clients, and can speak to you about your advertising needs in both official languages! Dereck looks forward to working with Jersey breeders and producers across the country.

Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir Dereck Addie en tant que nouveau Spécialiste des communications pour Jersey Canada. Dereck a gradué du Collège Dawson à Montréal et travaille dans le domaine du graphisme, du marketing et des communications depuis plus de 25 ans. En plus du travail de design, Dereck a une grande expérience du service à la clientèle et dans la vente de publicité, développant de solides relations de travail avec tout genre de clients.

Il a travaillé autant avec des clients anglophones que francophones et peut discuter de vos besoins de publicité dans les deux langues officielles! Dereck a hâte de travailler avec les éleveurs de Jerseys et les producteurs de partout au pays.

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Jacob Lucs Named New General Manager of Jersey Canada

Jacob Lucs is the new General Manager of Jersey Canada. Moving from the Communications Specialist role, Jacob has proven himself to be a dedicated and valued member of the organization in his time with Jersey Canada. He collaborates closely with members, the Board of Directors and staff, and has formed strong relationships with industry partners. Jacob has over 20 years of experience working with non-profit and member-based organizations, and appreciates the important role Jersey Canada plays in the lives and livelihoods of producers across the country.

Jacob Lucs est le nouveau Directeur général de Jersey Canada. Promu de son poste de Spécialiste des communications, Jacob s’est avéré un membre dévoué et important de l’organisation depuis son arrivée chez Jersey Canada. Il a collaboré étroitement avec les membres, le conseil d’administration et le personnel et a aussi formé de solides relations avec les partenaires de l’industrie. Jacob a plus de 20 ans d’expérience auprès d’organismes sans but lucratif et d’organismes basés sur les membres et reconnaît le rôle important joué par Jersey Canda dans la vie et les entreprises des producteurs de partout au pays.


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Jersey Canada Announces SNP Test Admin Fee Reduction

Effective immediately, for the remainder of 2022 the administration fee charged by Jersey Canada for SNP results from genomic tests are reduced to $2 per result.

The Jersey Canada Board of Directors approved this change in response to member concerns. The goal is to encourage more producers to use genomic testing as a management tool, creating a larger database of results for the Jersey breed.

This change applies to tests received by labs from today, April 4, 2022, until or on December 31st, 2022.

Wisconsin Holstein Association Honors Wall of Fame Recipients

The Wisconsin Holstein Association has recognized some of the industry’s top supporters and performers during the group’s annual convention. This year’s Wall of Fame honorees include the late-Ben Dibble of Delavan and the late-John Selz from Humbrid, along with a bull named Opsal Finley and cow Fobes Mechthilde Ollie.

Dibble farmed with his wife Doris and their three children. He developed several outstanding cow families resulting in three homebred Gold Medal Sires. Ben also owned Wisconsin’s first 4E-96-point cow, known as Black Beauty. In the 1940s, the Dibble herd had a classification average of 88.6 on 14 animals which included five Excellent cows.

Selz and his wife Marianne returned to his home farm in Clark County to farm with his brother, Bill, in 1959. He served on over 200 boards, committees or advisory councils over the years, including a stint as president of Holstein USA. The Selz herd received many awards including over 40 Progressive Breeder Awards, 50 Gold Medal dams, the first Dam of Merit, bred over 100 Excellent cows and had three cows that produced over 50,000 pounds of milk.

This year’s Wall of Fame bull was awarded to the Opsal family of Blue Mounds for Opsal Finley. Troy Opsal has built a herd through strategic breeding and this translated into Opsal Finley. His story began when Troy bought a bred heifer, Twin-B-Dairy E-B Felisse-ET, in 1994 on the Agriprize Protein Profiles sale. She was a How-El-Acres K Bellman from a VG-88 To-Mar Blackstar daughter of one of the premier genetic brood cows of that time, Rocky-Vu Rotate Exctasy Ebony EX-94. The purchase was made and included with it was a package of three embryos of Felisse x Bayville Ethan.

And the Wall of Fame Cow was Fobes Mechthilde Ollie, known as Phoebe to her owners John and Katheryn Bartlett of Oshkosh. In 1945 the Bartletts bought three bred heifers from master breeder Louis Wiese of Neenah. One of these was Phoebe. Her sire was Admiral Joe Creater a grandson of Northstar Joe Homestead. Her dam was Mertilde Fobes Ormsby Johanna VG, an Ormsby-bred cow. Phoebe scored EX-91 as a 12-year-old. She lived to be 21.5 years of age. Eighty percent of the Bartlett herd were direct descendants of Phoebe and her sister Beverley. Phoebe produced 264,000 pounds of milk, 3.6% and 9930 pounds of fat in her lifetime and had 16 calves. She was the first Gold Medal Dam with over 200,000 pounds of milk.

Registration Open for 2022 Holstein Association USA Judges Conferences

Registration is now open for the Holstein Association USA 2022 Judges Conferences. Individuals interested in attending can pick from two conference options in 2022.

The first conference will be held in conjunction with the Northeast Spring National Holstein Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York. The judges conference will start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022.

A second conference will be held in conjunction with the Southern Spring National Holstein Show on Thursday, April 7, 2022. The conference will start at 1:30 p.m. and will held at the Payne County Expo Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Interested participants can register for the conference of their choice on the Holstein Association USA website with a credit card.  The pre-registration fee is $50 and late registrants and walk-ins will pay a $100 fee. Pre-registration will close two weeks before the conference, on March 18 for the New York conference and March 24 for the Oklahoma conference.

Individuals currently on the Holstein Association USA Judges List must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference every five years. Those interested in applying for the list in the future must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference before submitting an application.

Participants must be 22 years old by the day of the conference to attend. To register online, visit For more information contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200 ext. 4261 or by email.

ABA & AGA are Hiring

The Ayrshire Breeders’ Association and American Guernsey Association are combining forces and seeking a motivated, full-time employee to serve as Records Coordinator between the two breeds.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

–          Processing of registration and transfers 

–          Assist Guernsey & Ayrshire Executive Secretaries with breed specific records

–          Assist in coordination of Genomic & DNA testing and recordkeeping

–          Responsible for assisting in day-to-day administrative assistant duties of organizations

–          Provide customer service for both organizations

–          Promotional efforts

–          Marketing of association sales and services



–          Applicant must be dependable and punctual

–          Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

–          Must have ability to multi-task, must be detail oriented, organized, and able to plan and meet deadlines

–          Excellent interpersonal written and verbal communication skills

–          Demonstrate ability to problem solve


The job duties will be split between the two breeds, and the employee will work directly with both breed executive secretaries. Minimal travel may be required. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time at association headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.


For a full job description, please contact


To apply, please send resume, cover letter and three references to


Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2022

Holstein Canada Announces the 2021All-Canadian Winners

For the first time, Holstein Canada was responsible for organizing the 79th edition of the prestigious All-Canadian Contest. The Board of Directors is very pleased with the success of this year’s contest with over 260 entries. The nominees and winners were announced in these videos. See the complete results of the contest on the website.

Holstein Canada would like to thank Bonnie Cooper and France Lemieux for their involvement once again this year. Their precious expertise plays a key role in the success of the All-Canadian contest. Please note that the 4-H competition will be back in 2023.

Last November, it was agreed that the contest would now be in Holstein Canada’s care following the death of its founder, Peter English. The All-Canadian contest was born of the joint efforts of Peter English, the Holstein Journal’s team and all who shared their passion for the best Holstein cows. Holstein Canada and the Show and Judging Committee were committed to preserving the integrity and evolution of the contest for all exhibitors and breeders today and for generations to come.

About Holstein Canada
With 9,200 members, Holstein Canada is responsible for maintaining the Holstein Herdbook under the Federal Animal Pedigree Act of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). The Association provides many services to its members to help them evaluate, select and improve their herds through genetic improvement programs. For more information, visit our Website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Ron Mosser Transitions to Part-Time for USJersey

Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., announced the transition to part-time for Ronnie Mosser, effective March 1, 2022, with the organizations.

Mosser recently completed 20 years of service with the USJersey organizations, having started work January 7, 2002, as a type traits evaluator for the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. He was promoted to Senior Appraiser and Area Representative in August 2008. Ronnie has a lifelong experience in the dairy industry as a breeder of Registered Jerseys.

Since joining the AJCA staff in January of 2002, Ron Mosser has appraised more than 158,700 Jersey cows over this time period.

“Under his leadership, the AJCA Type Appraisal program has experienced tremendous growth and improvement,” stated Neal Smith.

He will continue with the association as a part-time appraiser after March 1.

The ever-energetic and excited Ron Mosser has worn many hats in his full-time career with the USJersey organizations – ringman for shows and sales across the country, international judge, and cow-side training for USJersey appraisal team. He is the face to many when they think of the All American Jersey events as Mosser has been a constant presence as a ringman for the Jersey breed’s national shows and sale.

His knowledge of the USJersey programs and organization is recognized internationally as he has been asked to teach other countries about the AJCA’s type trait appraisal program on numerous occasions.

“Ron prided himself on being a representative for Jersey breeders all over North America,” said Kristin Paul, Director of Field Service for the American Jersey Cattle Association. “His reputation as an outstanding breeder and cowman and his enthusiasm for Registered Jerseys helped him earn the respect of breeders worldwide.”

Ron and his family own and operate Pleasant Ridge Jerseys in Indiana. Ron enjoys spending his summers on the fair circuit with his grandchildren sharing his enthusiasm for the breed with them.

Ron has served the Indiana and Kentucky Jersey breeders as their field representative many years. As he transitions to a part-time appraiser, his field territory has been reassigned between Jason Robinson and Greg Lavan.

Jason will be assuming Kentucky and West Virginia along with his Deep South states spanning from Virginia to eastern Texas. Greg has added Indiana and Pennsylvania, (west of I-79) to his current territory of Michigan and Ohio.

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. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has provided services that increase the value of and demand for Jersey milk and milk products and Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics. For more information on AJCA and NAJ services for dairy business owners, visit the website or connect on Facebook.

Brenda Snow Announces Retirement from USJersey

Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and National All-Jersey Inc., announced the retirement of 31-year area representative Brenda Snow, effective April 30, 2022.

Brenda was hired July 1, 1990, as the Northeast Area Representative, a job she has held for nearly 32 years. She was hired at a time when northeast Jersey breeders were needing a better market for replacement Jerseys. Her knowledge of the dairy industry from her previous work with Select Sires and ABS Global, lead her to know what the New England dairy producers needed to take their marketing to the next level.

Snow worked closely with breeders across the U.S. to move Registered Jersey cattle from the east to west coasts in the early 1990s. She worked with Jersey breeders in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions to reinvigorate the New England spring and fall sales, growing them to large commercial sales. In addition to her work with the public sales, Brenda was part of a large movement of surplus heifers through private sales to the west.

“Brenda took pride in representing breeders in her region,” stated Smith. She strived to get the most fair prices for her customers and always insure a market for their Registered Jerseys.

Amidst all her endeavors, she and her husband, Wes, and son, Jarrett, owned and managed a well-respected herd of Jersey cattle —Sno-Krest Jerseys.

“Brenda has been a steady and consistent presence for New England Jersey breeders and shared a wealth of information with them on various on-farm management issues,” said Kristin Paul, Director of Field Service for the American Jersey Cattle Association. “Her knowledge and experience will be greatly missed.”

Scott Holcomb, Mid-Atlantic Area Representative for the AJCA, will now cover the New England States in addition to his current states of New York, Pennsylvania (east of I-79), and Maryland. Holcomb was hired in 2015 as a part-time appraiser and in 2019 as area representative for the AJCA. He will continue to also serve as a type traits appraiser. 

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. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has provided services that increase the value of and demand for Jersey milk and milk products and Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics. For more information on AJCA and NAJ services for dairy business owners, visit the website at or connect at


Ayrshire Canada Announces 2021 Master Breeder Recipient’s

Ayrshire Canada has announced the recipients of the 2021 Master Breeder Award. Congratulations to Birkdale Farm Ltd., Ferme Mardel Senc., Ferme Coqueron Inc., and Ferme Guy & Johanne Bergevin.

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