The 2012 Jersey Canada Cow of the Year contest has three outstanding cows whose individual impact will be felt in the years to come. Sofie (Bri-Lin Ren’s Sofie EX90), Marmie (Pine Haven SSM Marmie EX94) and Becky (RJF Remake Becky SUP EX 96-6E) have received nominations and await the final decision.
Jersey Canada- Criteria
“When selecting the three nominated animals, Jersey Canada took into consideration the performance of the cow herself in milk production, conformation and show ring success. Of high importance as well was the merit of her progeny and the impact that they are having on the breed.”
You Have Until December 1st to Vote
The selection of the 2012 Cow of the Year rests in the hands of Jersey breeders and enthusiasts. Join The Bullvine as we take a look at these exceptional individuals.
BRI-LIN REN`S SOFIE Excellent 90
Her Progeny Excel Especially for Type.
Bred by the Raymer Family, Bri-Lin Farms, Bright, Ontario, Sofie is a Hollylane Renaissance daughter out of Bri-Lin Imperial Snow, 6 Star Brood Cow. Currently she is owned by Tom Breakell, Goshen, Connecticut.
Sofie had show ring success as Reserve Jr Champion at Oxford Parish Show, was 5th at World Dairy Expo as a Sr 2yr old and 1st 4 yr old at the New York Spring Show and the Eastern States Expo. She has become an outstanding brood cow. To date she has 11 EX and 11 VG daughters. Her top daughter is EX94 and a three time winner at World Dairy Expo. Becky`s impact will be through her more than 26 progeny and numerous granddaughters and great granddaughters that are also winning in the show ring.
- VG 87 (First Lactation)
- EX 90 (Third Lactation)
- Best record: 4yr 305d 9,775 kg M 5.2%F 3.8%P
- Lifetime (5 lactations) 32,690 kg M 5.4%F 4.0%P
Show winnings include:
- 1st 4 Year Old, New York Spring Show, 2000
- 1st 4 Year Old, Eastern States Expo, 2000
- 5th Senior 2 Year Old, World Dairy Expo, 1998
- Reserve Junior Champion, Oxford Parish Show, 1997
- 11 Excellent and 11 Very Good daughters
PINE HAVEN SSM MARMIE, Excellent-94
Leading Lady on the Tanbark Trail
Bred by the Thompson-Dillman Families, Pine Haven Farm Ltd., Oxford, NS, Marmie is a Select-Scott Minister daughter out of Pine-Haven MBE Kitty. She is currently owned by the Sauder family of River Valley Dairy, Tremont, Illinois.
Marmie has an un-equaled and celebrated record of winning in the Jersey show ring. She started out by being named the Reserve All Canadian Milking Yearling in 2008 and each year from then until 2011has won her class at World Dairy Expo. Marmie has the singular accomplishment of being the Intermediate Champion twice and Grand Champion Jersey and Reserve Supreme Champion in 2011. She has also won in milking form at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the All American Jersey Show. Marmie’s impact on the Jersey breed beyond the show ring will continue with her next generation to be born at River Valley starting in September 2012. Nearly 30 heifer pregnancies are due by: Fire, Tequila, Verbatim, Centurion, Remake, Sambo, Impulse and Response.
- EX 91 (First classified in Second Lactation. Maximum score.)
- EX 94 (Fourth Lactation. Maximum score.)
- Best Record 3-09 305d 9,122 kg M 5.2%F 3.8%P
- Lifetime (1.395 days) 36,626 kg M 5.1%F 3.8%P
Show winnings include:
- Reserve Supreme Champion & Grand Champion, World Dairy Expo, 2011
- Back-to-Back Intermediate Champion World Dairy Expo, 2009, 2010
- 1st 4-Year-Old, World Dairy Expo & All American Jersey Show (All-American 4-Year-Old), 2011
- 1st Sr 3-Year-Old, World Dairy Expo & Royal Winter Fair (All Can Sr. 3-Year-Old), 2010
- 1st Sr 2-Year-Old, World Dairy Expo, 2009
- Reserve All Canadian Milking Yearling, 2008
- Marmie’s first ET daughters were born September 2012. 30+ heifer pregnancies are due Dec 2012 to June 2013. Prior to that she had one daughter by Jewels Barbaro.
RJF REMAKE BECKY SUP EX 96-6E
Becky Sets the Bar High for Production
Bred and owned by the Jarrell Family of RJ Farms Inc., Corbyville, Ontario, Becky is a Rock Ella Remake out of RJF Lester Beth.
Becky started out well in both classification and production and improved with each lactation until in 2012 she achieved Supreme EX96-6E. At 12-01 (305d) she became the All-Time Jersey Production Leader with 17,407 kg milk, 4.3%F, 3.6%P. In eight lactations she has produced 92,506 kg. milk. In addition, Becky placed 4th at The Royal as a 5 year old and again as a Mature Cow. She has also been the Production Award Mature cow at The Royal. A 9 Star Brood Cow, Becky now has 5EX and 7VG daughters. Becky`s impact on the breed is by the example she has set for combining type and production. It will continue through her daughters and their progeny.
- VG 85 (First Lactation)
- Sup EX 96 – 6E (Eighth Lactation)
- Best Record 12-01 (305D) 17,407 kg 4.3%F 3.6%P
- All-Time Production Leader for Milk, Fat and Protein in a single lactation
- Lifetime (8 lactations) 92,506 kg M 4.4%F 3.7%P
Show winnings include:
- 1st Jr 3 yr old & Best Udder Quinte Championship Show 2002
- 4th 5 yr old RAWF 2004
- 4th Mature RAWF 2005
- Production Award Mature Cow, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2011
- 5 EX and 7 VG daughters
- 9 Star Brood Cow
The Bullvine Bottom Line
There you have it – three great nominees. Take the opportunity to choose the ideal 2012 Jersey Cow. The Bullvine encourages Jersey Enthusiasts to vote. Go to http://www.jerseycanada.com/pages/cow-of-the-year-contest.html