We at Jersey Canada are thrilled to be announcing the Winners of the 2021 Master and Constructive Breeder Awards. These awards are important as they recognize people whom continue to be strong contributors to the Jersey Breed.
2021 Jersey Canada Master Breeder
To receive the Master Breeder Award, the recipient must have a herd with high level of production, breed improvement through classification, and longevity and success of their genetics. To become a Master Breeder requires an 18 year minimum commitment. The 2021 Jersey Canada Master Breeder is Lone Pine Jerseys, the Haeni Family in Didsbury, Alberta.
The Haeni family milks 110 purebred Jerseys and crops 800 acres of barley, oats, wheat, canola and forage. They started in 1993, and are now enjoying watching the 3rd generation involved in the farm, as they work towards setting up on-farm processing. Congratulations Haeni family!
2021 Jersey Canada Constructive Breeders (3)
The Constructive Breeder award recognizes herds that are excelling in Jersey breeding over a shorter time frame than the Master Breeder. Animals eligible for Constructive Breeder points are born during a 5-year window, beginning 3 years before the year of calculation. Three Constructive Breeders are awarded per year to the three eligible herds with the highest average points per registration.
Bovi-Star, in Marieville, Quebec. Yannick Ostiguy, Fransesca Beauregard and family milk 28 cows and have been in dairy for 15 years. They strive to breed quality animals and look forward to one day winning Master Breeder.
Clanman Jerseys, located in Clanwilliam, Manitoba. Steven and Marie Smith, along with their son Sean, milk 58 cows in a new compost pack barn with a DeLaval robot, and crop 560 acres. Their family has been dairy farming for 67 years, and future plans include installing a grazeway system in barn for cows to be milked and released to pasture for grazing.
The Huijzer family of Huntcliff Dairy, located in Olds, Alberta. They currently milk 140 cows, 100 Jerseys and 40 Holsteins, and are moving to 100% Jerseys. This multi-generational dairy family came from Holland 20 years ago. They have 3 Lely robots in a freestall / pack barn / loose housing combination, and crop 600 acres of barley, hay and corn.
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