Rocha Family Donates Heifer to Support National Jersey Queen Scholarship

Rocha Family Donates Heifer to Support National Jersey Queen Scholarship

Cris and Doris Rocha, Tillamook, Ore., have donated a fancy junior calf to sell for the benefit of the Charlene Nardone National Jersey Queen Fund at The 59th All American Jersey Sale on November 6, 2011 in Louisville, Ky.

Rocha Blackstone Francesca, sired by Lencrest Blackstone-ET, GJPI 97, is out of the Excellent-91% Rocha Iatola Francesca, with 2-11 305 16,070 5.1% 820 3.7% 600 and projected to 17,127-845-625 m.e. on her third lactation. The heifer’s grandam is a Very Good-88% daughter of Bridon Sambo Charismatic-ET with four records averaging 19,192-960-683 m.e.

The National Jersey Queen Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by Jersey dairy women interested in expanding travel and educational opportunities for the National Jersey Queen and members of the court. It provided a $500 scholarship and all-expenses paid travel to three national Jersey events for 2010 National Jersey Queen, Lena Sweeney, Visalia, Calif. Scholarships of $300 and $200, respectively, were also provided to the two alternate Queens: Tera Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich., and Amber Ettinger, Kinards, S.C.

The National Jersey Queen contest is held in conjunction with The All American Jersey Shows and Sales, scheduled for November 5 through 7 in Louisville, Ky. Over the two-day contest, the contestants complete a general dairy knowledge test, are interviewed by a panel of judges, and prepare a two-minute video presentation demonstrating their public speaking skills. The 2011 Queen and court will be announced the evening of November 5, then formally introduced at the start of the National Jersey Jug Futurity, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. EST in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Catalogs for The All American Jersey Sale and the 54th Pot O’Gold Sale, presented by Cow’s Match Jersey Blend, will be posted on the USJersey.com website.

The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, maintains identification and performance records for dairy herd owners 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. The association has made strategic investments in Jersey youth since 1958 when it created the National Heifer Sale to provide annual funding for educational programs, recognition awards and scholarships. For more information, visit www.USJersey.com.

10.13.2011