Chelsey Jensen of Amery, Wisconsin is this year’s recipient of the American Guernsey Association’s National Outstanding Youth Award. The award was presented June 30 as part of the National Guernsey Convention and 141st Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Jensen is the 19-year-old daughter of Trent and LeAnn Jensen of Golden J Guernseys. She graduated this spring with a degree in Dairy Science from Northeast Iowa Community College, where she was also a member of the Dairy Science Club and on a successful dairy judging team. After graduation, Jensen returned to the family farm and plans to expand their current heifer facility.
Jensen has competed at both the Iowa and the National PSA in the dairy specialist division. She is also the current president and director-at-large of the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association and, along with that title, she is the senior MVP of the Wisconsin Junior Guernsey Breeders Association quiz bowl team.
As the American Guernsey Youth Association grows, Chelsey would like to see a mentoring program created. She writes, “I think it would be an excellent idea to do a mentorship program. That way, if someone is new to the Guernsey breed or is a younger member, they can ask their mentor for advice. It is a way to connect the younger members with the older members. In addition, the mentor can help with showing or with convention activities.”
The American Guernsey Association is based in Columbus, Ohio and is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of Guernsey dairy cows and products.