Reynoldsburg, Ohio —Dan K. Bansen, Dayton, Ore., is the 68th recipient of the Master Breeder Award of the American Jersey Cattle Association. It was presented on June 24, 2011, during the annual Breeders’ Banquet held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The Master Breeder award is bestowed annually to a living AJCA member, family, partnership or corporation that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has bred outstanding animals for many years and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States.
Dan Bansen has become a second-generation Master Breeder Award recipient, after his father, Stanley, who won the award in 1990. They are the only father-son duo to win the award in AJCA history.
“Forest Glen is a prefix known and respected around the world,” said Ray and Margaret Schooley, Marshfield, Mo., in a letter of support for Bansen. “Both bulls and cows from this herd have been used widely and have made it possible for many Jersey breeders to significantly improve their herds.”
Bansen returned to the family operation after graduating from Oregon State University in 1973. The herd became full recorded with the AJCA after Genetic Recovery was introduced in 1976, and gained recognition through enrollment on official performance evaluation programs. The current Forest Glen herd has 1,500 milk cows and 1,770 heifers. The 2010 AJCA lactation average is 16,529 lbs. milk, 737 lbs. fat and 614 lbs. protein on 1,189 lactations. There are currently 78 Excellent cows and 877 Very Good cows in the herd. Forest Glen has twice received the President’s Trophy presented annually to the highest producing cow.
Forest Glen bred the all-time leader for Jersey semen sales at Select Sires, Forest Glen Avery Action-ET. Since 2004, the herd has sent 38 bulls to A.I. and there are currently nine bulls on the active A.I. list and one bull on the genomic young sire list bearing the Forest Glen prefix.
As of April 2011 there were 42 Forest Glen cows on the Top 1.5% list for Jersey Performance Index™ with genomic evaluations. The herd ranks second in the nation for average genomic JPI and is thirteenth for traditional JPI herd average. Seven Forest Glen cows rank among the Top 200 for genomic JPI, with another five on the Top 200 traditional JPI list.
Over the years, high genetic merit females have been added to the herd. Topping this list is Havs Chief Berretta Jade, who went on to produce more than 27,000 lbs. milk as a four-year-old and score Excellent-95%. She had 60 offspring, with countless granddaughters and grandsons making an impact in herds throughout the country.
Dan is an Equity investor and has been very involved with milk marketing through his involvement as Board President of Farmers Cooperative Creamery and with Organic Valley CROPP cooperative. Dan has also served as a director of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.
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.