Berneta Gable, of New Enterprise, Pa., has been named the second Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award winner, which will be presented at the 44th World Dairy Expo. The winner of the McKown Master Breeder Award is chosen by the members of the Klussendorf Association. The award honors a well-managed breeder herd who is successful showing and judging and emphasizes all qualities of the Klussendorf Award, including ability, character, endeavor, and sportsmanship. Berneta Gable and her Snider Homestead Farm fit every criteria of the McKown Master Breeder Award. Gable, along with her husband, Brad, son Aaron and wife Amy, manages Snider Homestead Farm.
Gable has received many accolades for her work and commitment to dairy and the Guernsey breed. In 2000, Gable was named the World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year and in 2007 she received the Obie Snider Award at the All-American Dairy Show. This year, she and Brad were honored as the 2010 American Guernsey Association Master Breeder. Additionally, she was a director of the American Guernsey Association for eight years and president of the Purebred Publishing Company for four years.
In addition, Gable has made a splash in the Guernsey world through her elite breeding program. Snider Homestead has six active A.I. sires in the Guernsey breed. As of April 2010, bulls bred by Snider Homestead held the number one and two positions on the PTI list for the Guernsey breed. In 2009, Sniders Deemand Adacka, led all sires, garnering seven All-American nominees.
Snider Homestead is also home to the Altann family. One of the stronger direct maternal lines of this family, Altann, Aliyah, Aerolin, Adeline, consists of four generations of Excellent cows, all scoring 93 points or higher. This is not the only strong cow family at the farm though. Snider Homestead ranks third in breed history with 149 All-American nominations. They are also third in all-time All-American nominations bred in the Guernsey breed, with 115.
Currently, they have 19 cows that have produced over 100,000 pounds of milk, and 25 percent of their herd is scored Excellent. Gable has bred 88 Excellent cows, with two scored at 94 and nine at 93. She has also shown 18 All-Americans, 20 Reserve All-Americans, and 26 Honorable Mention cattle. At the 2004 and 2008 Pennsylvania Blue Halter Sale, Gable sold a pick of herd and pick of heifers for $20,000 and $11,000, respectively.
The Robert “Whitey” McKown Memorial Breeder Award was made possible by the family and friends of the 1997 Honorary Klussendorf honoree. Whitey joined the Holstein World staff in 1956 and became widely respected as he traveled nationally and internationally, reporting on shows, sales, meetings, and other Holstein events. The 1987 National Dairy Shrine president also developed MooKown Holsteins at Belleville, N.Y. Whitey, who passed away earlier this year, had great admiration for the farmer breeder.
The Klussendorf Memorial Association, considered by many as the Hall of Fame for Dairy Cattle Exhibitors, began in 1937 in memory of Arthur B. Klussendorf, considered the outstanding dairy cattle showman of his time. Each year, the top dairy cattle exhibitor from North America is presented the Klussendorf Memorial Trophy.
Source: Klussendorf Memorial Association