Core, Fund, Jersey Youth Academy to Benefit from Heifers Selling at All American Jersey Sale

Core, Fund, Jersey Youth Academy to Benefit from Heifers Selling at All American Jersey Sale

Two Registered Jersey™ heifers, one donated by Brentwood Farms, Orland, Calif., and the other by the TJF/Lee Syndicate of Boonville, Miss., will sell for the benefit of national Jersey youth programs at The 59th All American Jersey Sale on November 6, 2011 in Louisville, Ky.

BW Region Louisa W418, sired by Maackdairy Region-ET (GJPI 91), has been donated by AJCA President Robert Bignami in memory of Norma “Duffy” Lyon, the Jersey woman from Toledo, Iowa who achieved international fame as “The Butter Cow Lady.” She studied animal science at Iowa State University, where she met her husband of 61 years, G. Joe Lyon, a past-President of both the American Jersey Cattle Club and National All-Jersey Inc. Together they raised nine children. “Duffy” was honored with Honorary Membership in the American Jersey Cattle Association at its 2007 Annual Meeting.

The heifer is out of BW Louie Louisa ET681-ET, projected to 24,320-958-786 m.e. on her first lactation and ranked seventh in the nation for genomic Jersey Performance Index™ (October, 2011). The heifer’s grandam is BW Avery Katie ET121-ET, Excellent-93% with four lactations over 30,000 lbs. milk. She has 18 sons in A.I. service, among them the bull syndicated in 2008 to provide seed money for the highly successful Jersey Youth Academy, BW Academy-ET (GJPI 168).

Proceeds from this heifer are designated for the Maurice E. Core Jersey Youth Fund, created in 1993 to commemorate his 37 years of service to the Jersey breed. It provides financial support for youth activities, primarily at The All American Junior Show.

The second heifer, TJF/Lee Valentino Mamme 980-ET, is a Vision Gift to Jersey Youth Academy by her owners, Bradley and Carla Taylor and Lynn Lee. She is ranked on the AJCA Top 500 Heifer List for genomic JPI (215) and carries an A.I. contract. Sired by All Lynns Louie Valentino-ET (GJPI 261), her dam is Vantage Lemvig Mamme, Excellent, with four lactations averaging 22,920-1,101-838 m.e. and the dam of 13 sons in A.I. service.

The mission of the Jersey Youth Academy is to attract, educate and retain talented young people for careers in the Jersey dairy business. All costs for participants selected from a national pool of applicants are paid by the Academy’s 501(c)(3) educational foundation created in June of 2008. Contributors to the foundation represent a broad spectrum of Jersey breeder and dairy industry support, with the largest contribution to date coming from the all-donation National Heifer Sale on June 25, 2011.

Pedigrees for both heifers are contained in the catalog for The All American Jersey Sale, posted on the 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