Reynoldsburg, Ohio —Amy Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa, and Joseph Fjarlie, Stratford, Wis., have been selected as the 2011 recipients of the Fred Stout Experience Awards.

The award fund was created in 2000 in memory of Fred J. Stout Sr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service (JMS) staff from 1978 to 1997. Stout was instrumental in the growth of the company’s marketing activities, and later added duties as a type evaluator and in customer field service for the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA).

Stout believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world. These awards honor that conviction by providing financial support for on-farm and JMS internship experiences.

Previous recipients of the Fred Stout Experience Award are Tara Bohnert, Illinois (2003), Allison Waggoner, South Carolina (2004), Dan Bauer, Wisconsin (2005), Aaron Horst, Pennsylvania (2006), Jacob Pieper, Maryland (2007); Katie Albaugh, Maryland (2008); Brady Core, Kentucky (2009); Ivy Roberts, Florida, and Kim Wilson, Missouri (2010).

Farm Experience Recipient: Amy Maxwell

Amy Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa, has started her on-farm Stout Experience at High Lawn Farm in Lenox, Mass. She received her B.S. degree in agricultural business and economics on May 7 from Iowa State University.

Amy’s roots are in the diversified farming and marketing operations of Cinnamon Ridge Inc., owned by her father, John. She has shown Registered Jerseys™ since the age of 8. She purchased her first Pot O’Gold heifer at the age of 9, then a second three years later. Today, these two cows and their progeny comprise the majority of Amy’s herd, many of which have completed AJCA Hall of Fame records. Amy has also won numerous championships at Iowa fairs, plus earned top milk and combined fat-and-protein awards at the Iowa State Fair with Cinnamon Ridge Artis Praise, a daughter of her second Pot O’Gold purchase.

While attending Iowa State, Amy was a member of the Dairy Science Club. She served as co-chair of its “I Milked A Cow” educational program conducted during the eight-day Iowa State Fair. Last fall, she was a member of the Iowa State team that placed tenth in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wis. She was also high individual in Jerseys at the Accelerated Genetics Judging Contest.

Amy has taken advantage of numerous work and educational opportunities as she prepares for a career in the dairy business. These include working as an assistant herdsman at Bohnerts’ Jerseys in East Moline, Ill., and last summer at an 80-cow Holstein dairy.

JMS Internship Recipient: Joseph Fjarlie

Joseph Fjarlie begins his internship with Jersey Marketing Service June 1 assisting with the complete dispersal of K&K Jerseys LLC, Newton, Wis. The experience also includes work on the crew for the 54th National Heifer Sale, June 25 in Arlington, Wis.

Growing up on his family’s farm in the Tillamook, Ore., area, Joseph developed a passion for dairy cattle genetics and registered cattle sales for three breeds. When his family moved its herd to Wisconsin last summer, Joseph relocated with his six Registered Jerseys and began considering career options in addition to breeding and developing an elite herd of cows.

Joseph has extensive work experience on various Oregon dairy operations, including full-time employment at Wilsonview Dairy, Inc and Matejeck Dairy. He also worked as a weekend milker at Kilchona Farm, owned by his grandparents, and in retail at the Tillamook County Creamery Association Farm Store. These jobs have allowed him to learn and develop a broad set of management skills, plus learn how important fine-tuned nutrition and herd health programs are to the bottom line.

Active in the Western National youth program, 4-H and FFA, Joseph has been an avid student of the Jersey breed and dairy industry. He also discovered a talent for dairy judging. He won the 4-H and FFA contest in Tillamook County and at the state level. At the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wis., Joseph placed as eighth high individual in Jerseys.

About the National Jersey Youth Program

The American Jersey Cattle Association, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, administers nine educational awards for Jersey youth. Scholarships are paid from permanent endowments managed by the association. Contributions to these funds are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) tax deductible charitable gifts and may be made at any time during the year.

Applications for 2011-12 academic scholarships are posted online at USJersey.com and must be submitted no later than July 1, 2011. Deadline to apply for the 2012 Stout Experience Awards is February 1 of next year.

For more information, visit USJersey.com, or contact Dr. Cherie L. Bayer, Director of Development, at (614) 322-4456 or email cbayer@usjersey.com.