Members of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association gather several times a year to tend to association business, visit with fellow Jersey breeders and compete for prizes in the show ring.
The organization's annual meeting kicks off the calendar year in the spring. The meeting is hosted by a different parish each year. At the event, Jersey breeders are honored with awards for service to the breed and accomplishments with their herds. Links for meeting reports and a listing of current award winners are shown at the bottom of the page.
A favorite pastime for many Jersey families is exhibiting their cattle at shows. In the spring, Wisconsin breeders have opportunity to compete at the Wisconsin Spring Show and the Wisconsin Spring Spectacular Show. During the summer, members exhibit cattle at county fairs, parish shows, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin State Jersey Show, which includes the Wisconsin Jersey Futurity.
For recent results from these shows and archives to results from previous years, click on the links at the top of the page.
During the summer, members also gather for a summer picnic which is hosted by a different farm each year.
NAJ Director Walter Owens, far left, presents Darryl Young, center, with the Wisconsin Senior Breeder Award. Accepting the award with him are his wife, Barb, to his right; son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Tara, right; and grandchildren, Zanna, Riah and Stellan. Photos courtesy of Sydney Endres, WJBA Secretary/Treasurer.
Brandon Owens, left, presents the Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award to his mother, Joyce Owens.
Alana Peterson, left, presents her aunt, Karla Peterson, with the award for the Wisconsin Jersey Woman of the Year.
Juniors earning awards in the All-Wisconsin and production contests were, from left, Garrison Klinkner, Ava Hebgen, Emma Anderson, Alleah Anderson, Ela Hebgen and Jarrett Foster.
Ava Hebgen was also named winner of the junior division of the youth achievement contest while Garrison Klinkner placed second. Jarrett Foster won the intermediate division and Alleah Anderson placed second.
Wyatt Artac received a scholarship from the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association.
Barlass Vernon Johanna was the state's leading 305-day milk producer. Accepting the award for Barlass Jerseys LLC were Brian Barlass and his son, Jack.
Accepting parish production awards were Ava, Ela and Nicole (Kessenich) Hebgen, Donna Phillips, Linda Owens and Tommy Allen. Phillips also earned awards for high-producing herd for milk and protein (D&D Jerseys) and for the leading 305-day protein and cheese yield cow, Dodan Axis Lily Lillian.
Juniors who took advantage of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association cost-share program were Ela and Ava Hebgen and Emma and Alleah Anderson.
Wisconsin Award Winners 2020
Senior Breeder of the Year: Darryl Young, Hillsdale
Junior Breeder of the Year: Sophia Larson, Reedsburg
Distinguished Service Award: Joynce Owens Frederic
Woman of the Year: Karla Peterson, Viroqua
Wisconsin Production Awards 2019
High Herd Milk and Protein: D & D Jerseys, Newton (21,678M, 1,107F, 811P on 88 cows)
High Herd Fat: Woodmohr Jerseys, Bloomer (20,560M, 1,230F, 774P on 41 cows)
Most Improved Milk, Fat and Protein: GM Sandhill Jerseys, Unity (+1,371M, +44F, +153P)
Lifetime Milk and Fat: Lost-Elm Action Millie-ET (164,201M, 8,671F, 6,200P in 2,339 days), Jason Luttropp, Berlin
Lifetime Protein: Lost-Elm Action Erotica (156,136M, 8,596F, 6,395P in 2,518 days), Jason Luttropp
Top 305-day Milk: Barlass Vernon Johanna (30,490M, 1,264F, 1,005P at 4-10), Barlass Jerseys LLC, Janesville
Top 305-Day Fat: Stars Sequel-ET (23,768M, 1,613F, 856P at 11-9), Woodmohr Jerseys
Top 305-day Protein and Cheese Yield: Dodan Axis Lily Lillian (29,850M, 1,221F, 1,107P at 3-4), D & D Jerseys