Welcome to the site of the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club (IJCC), a membership organization of people who have an interest in the high-component, efficient Jersey dairy cow.
Dairy farms bring great economic benefit to local communities and contribute tremendously to the economy of the state, with annual production of 540 million gallons of milk in 2014. The Hawkeye State ranks fourth in the country for ice cream production and sixth for cottage cheese and American cheese. The creation of these tasty products is boosted from the rich, nutritious milk produced by Jersey producers in Iowa.
Iowa is home to some of the country's leading Registered Jersey herds, including the state's leading herd for Jersey Performance Index (JPI), the 28-cow herd owned by Nathan Franck of Newhall. The herd ranks #3 in the nation as well with an average JPI of +110 after the December 2016 genetic evaluations (100% have been genotyped).
Three Iowa Jersey herds rank nationally for production averages. The Maxwell herd of Donahue ranks 2nd for milk, 4th for fat and 3rd for protein (herds with 150-299 cows) with a 2015 lactation average of 22,764M, 1,071F and 823P on 225 cows. Summit Farms Inc., Lester, ranks 7th for milk and 9th for fat in the same category with an average of 21,364M, 1,023F and 777P on 210 cows. The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation, Calmar, ranks sixth for milk, third for fat and fifth for protein (herds with 40-79 cows) with an average of 22,434M, 1,154F and 855P on 48 cows.
The Iowa Jersey Cattle Club publishes a magazine, the Iowa Jersey Today, three times a year and offers active and associate memberships. Click on the "Publications and Forms" link on the left to view current and past issues of the magazine.
Over the years, many Iowa Jersey breeders have been recognized for their achievements and leadership abilities. A former executive secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association (Maurice Core) hails from Iowa, as do seven past directors. Jersey breeder G. Joe Lyon, Toledo, has presided over both the AJCA and National All-Jersey Inc. and was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 1987. Lyon Jerseys LLC, owned by Joe and his son, Eric, and nephew, Stuart, received the AJCA Master Breeder award in 2015.
Two juniors have topped the National Youth Achievement Contest (Robert Lyon in 1967 and Jerry Hatfieldin 1980). Fourteen have been presented with the AJCA Young Jersey Breeder award, including Kevin and Cari Knapp of Larchwood in 2011 and Nathan and Abby Cline of Decorah and Tim Covington of Leon in 2010.
Click here for a listing of Jersey enthusiasts who have served or been recognized by the national Jersey organizations.
Iowa Jersey breeders have also been honored with state awards, including the Iowa Distinguished Dairyman Award, the Ralph Keeling Leadership Award and the Robert Massee Sportsmanship Award. To learn more about these awards and Jersey recipients, click here. .