Starting June 22, more than 400 Jersey cattle breeders from across the United States will attend the annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The convention will end on Saturday, June 25 at the National Heifer Sale, starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Public Events Facility at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, Wis.
All animals to be sold—73 live heifers, plus 4 more lots of embryos—have been donated by their owners. These are Vision Gifts to the endowment of a new educational foundation, Jersey Youth Academy, and the annual youth programs of the AJCA.
These are not just ‘any’ Jersey heifers. They have been DNA genotyped to evaluate their genetic merit.
As of today, 13 heifers have been contracted by A.I. companies, and several have multiple contracts. Among them is the #3 female of the breed. Her owners are two sisters, Erica and Amber Ettinger of South Carolina, both involved in national Jersey youth programs.
The 77 donors reside in 26 different states and the Island of Jersey, the home of the Jersey breed of cattle.
The schedule also includes a presentation on the carbon footprint of Jersey cattle by Dr. Jude Capper, Washington State University. She will speak during the Saturday morning session that begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.
For additional information, contact USJersey Information.