Reynoldsburg, Ohio —The donation of Rectors Merchant Paris 22258 by Rector Jersey Farm, Hilmar, Calif., for the fourth Cow Pie Bingo benefitting Jersey Youth Academy honors the collective memory of influential Jersey breeders and leaders of the American Jersey Cattle Association who have passed away in recent years.

“The Jersey community has lost a long list of distinguished members, really too many to name individually,” says Benny Rector. “As state and national leaders, as promoters of the Jersey cow, and through their efforts to improve the Jersey breed, they inspired those of us who followed them into this business to achieve success.

“My family and I are pleased to be able to give back to the association in their memory. Our hope is that this gift will convey to those who have or will participate in Jersey Youth Academy that the greatest rewards of owning Jerseys come through service to the breed and the dairy industry.”

Born in May of 2011, Rectors Merchant Paris 22258 is a P9 heifer with a genomic Jersey Performance Index™ of 151. She is sired by Sunset Canyon Merchant-ET, GJPI 176. Her dam by Ahlem Lemvig Abe-ET (GJPI 147) is Very Good-85% with 19,214-967-729 m.e. at 1 year, 9 months of age. The fourth dam is Excellent with four records over 21,000 lbs. milk, 1,000 lbs. fat and 800 lbs. protein.

Cow Pie Bingo begins when registration opens on Wednesday, June 27 at the annual meetings of the AJCA and National All-Jersey Inc. at the Grand Hotel in North Conway, N.H. The heifer will determine the winner before the start of the 55th National Heifer Sale on June 30.

The first three events have raised $20,570 for the endowment of Jersey Youth Academy.

Jersey Youth Academy is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation managed by the American Jersey Cattle Association to attract, educate and retain talented young people for careers in the Jersey dairy business. Contributors represent a broad spectrum of Jersey breeder and dairy industry support.

For more information, visit the Academy web site (, contact program coordinator Dr. Cherie L. Bayer at (614) 322-4456, or write Jersey Youth Academy, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.