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.