Katie and Josh Carpenter, Attica, N.Y., received one of six Young Jersey Breeder Awards given by the American Jersey Cattle Association in ceremonies June 28, 2019, during the association’s 151st Annual Meeting in Canton, Ohio.
The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.
The Carpenters established the “All Bright” prefix in 2010 as first generation Jersey breeders. Today their Registered Jersey herd consists of 30 cows with a 2018 actual rolling herd average of 19,526 lbs. milk, 988 lbs. fat and 723 lbs. protein. They fulfilled their lifelong dream of purchasing their own farm in 2017 and have plans to include a micro-creamery with on-farm processing facilities to market A2 milk, yogurt and cheese curds in a joint start-up project with another fellow breeder, Vintage Cow Farmers Market LLC.
Katie and Josh began by growing the group of Jerseys within the Holstein herd at Plato Brook Dairy where they were managers and later partners. They intensified the breeding program for production and type, laying the foundation of the herd today. They also enjoy showing their animals with their two young sons, Kyle and Gavin.
The Carpenter family is also active in their state Jersey community. They are active members of the Niagara Frontier Jersey Cattle Club and the New York State Jersey Cattle Club. Katie has served on New York’s Next Generation Sale Committee for the past three years and is co-chair for the 2019 National Heifer Sale.
The American Jersey Cattle Association was organized in 1868 to improve and promote the Jersey breed. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on its programs and services, visit www.USJersey.com or call 614/861-3636.