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Eighty-one Registered Jersey™ cows were ranked during the 2019 National Jersey Youth Production Contest representing 43 junior members.
To qualify, the cow must have completed the lactation between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Her owner must have been at least 9 years of age on January 1, 2019, but no older than 20 years of age, and be a Junior Member or Lifetime Member of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Finally, the Data Collection Rating (DCR) for the lactation must have been 90 or higher.
All records were adjusted for age and month of calving (mature equivalent) using statistics provided by AIPL-USDA then ranked according to the lactation value using USDA multiple component prices. The qualified entries averaged 22,017―1,080―799 m.e. with an average MCP value of $4,911.61.
Rankings are made in two divisions. Division I includes first lactation records, provided the cow calved for the first time before 30 months of age. All other records are ranked in Division II. The cow with the highest dollar value is then declared the contest winner.
Courtney Farms Tuxedo Rosamund, owned by Autumn Courtney, Chouteau, Okla., was named winner of Division II and Overall Winner with a MCP value of $6,716.72. Hobbs Lutz, Chester, S.C., owns the winning entry from Division I, Sun Valley Jive Tart. “Tart” took the division with a MCP value of $6,715.15.
Other Jersey youth recognized among the top 10 of each division were: Jack Zina, Hadley, Mass.; Renee Lydia Bok, Defiance, Ohio; Nicholas J. McReynolds, Danville, Vt.; Maxwell S. Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Zachary S. Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Kylie Margaret Lehr, Canastota, N.Y.; Chelsie Fuller, Newark Valley, N.Y.; Lydia Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Alison and Lauren Graves, Talbott, Tenn.; Mary Holtz Maquoketa, Iowa; Austin Dizek, Hadley, Mass.; Andrew McReynolds, Danville, Vt.; Molly Kokoski, Hadley, Mass.; Tyler, Cassie and Jacob Bohnert, East Moline, Ill.; Elizabeth Hyman, Adams, N.Y.; and Luke W. McReynolds, Danville, Vt.
Awards and certificates were presented to the top 10 juniors in each division at the All American Youth Awards Ceremony in Louisville, Ky., November 8, 2020. A total of $550.00 (first, $100.00; second, $75.00; third $50.00; and fourth, $25.00, plus an additional $50.00 to the overall winner) plus plaques, recognition certificates and special awards were presented.
The 2020 Production Contest entries are due no later than March 1, 2021. Junior or Lifetime members between the ages of 9 and 20 (inclusive) on January 1, 2021 may submit no more than three records. On or before the cow’s freshening date and through completion of the lactation, you must be listed as the Recorded Owner on the registration certificate, either (1) as the sole owner or (2) by your name in joint ownership. If the joint ownership includes more than one junior eligible for this contest, the entry will be made in the names of the eligible junior co-owners. The best record for MCP dollar value will be ranked in the contest. Previous Overall Winners of the contest are not eligible. Records will be standardized on a 305-day, 2x m.e. basis using factors provided by the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL-USDA) and ranked by lactation value, using USDA component values for Net Merit dollars.
Mail your entries to American Jersey Cattle Association, Attn: Youth Production Contest, 6486 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362l. Fax it to 614/861-8040. You can also enter online at https://www.usjersey.com/AJCA-NAJ-JMS/AJCA/Forms/YouthProductionContest.aspx.
The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle 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. For more information on USJersey program and services, call 614/863-3636 or visit the web site at www.USJersey.com.