New York ranks third in the nation for production of dairy products, behind California and Wisconsin. More than half of the state's agriculture income comes from the dairy industry. About a third of the milk produced by New York dairy producers is used for drinking. The balance is used for processed dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream. New York is the country's leading producer of cottage cheese and ranks third for cheese.

There are about 5,400 dairy farms in New York, with an average herd size of 113 cows. Like most dairy farms in this country, they are primarily family-owned and family-operated.

FVF Starboy Rosalie, the calf donated by Friendly Valley Farm for the junior fundraising raffle, was a big hit with state fair goers, drawing consumers to the New York Jersey Cattle Club’s booth. Jersey junior Kylie Lehr, far right, sells tickets and answers questions about Jerseys and dairy farming.

Registered Jerseys in New York

In 2016, Jersey breeders from the Empire State registered 3,851 animals with the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA). The state ranks seventh in the country for registrations.

There are 112 New York Jersey breeders enrolled in the AJCA's performance programs, with an average size of 48 cows.

Management of their herds is as varied as the terrain in New York, ranging from small herds that are grazed on pasture several months a year to large herds that are raised in confinement operations.

National Prominence

Jersey breeders from the Empire State have been leaders in the Jersey industry. Eight have been elected president of the AJCA or the American Jersey Cattle Club (AJCC) -- more than from any other state. Twenty-four have served as directors of the AJCA or the AJCC and five have sat on the board of National All-Jersey Inc.

The AJCA Master Breeder award has been presented to five Jersey breeders from New York (W.R. Kenan Jr., George W. Sisson Jr., Henry Uihlein, Stanley N. Chittenden and Ray Chamberlain). Four have been honored with the AJCA Distinguished Service Award (Stanley N. Chittenden, Ray Chamberlain, J. Lawrence Benson and Paul Chittenden). Stanley Chittenden and Chamberlain are two of just 11 individuals in breed history to receive both awards. In 2012, the Master Breeder award was given to another New York Jersey breeder, Dutch Hollow Farm of Schodack Landing.

In the 37 years that the AJCA has presented the Young Jersey Breeder award to up-and-coming Jersey breeders, residents of New York have earned the honor 26 times, including the inaugural awards in 1976 and this year (Meghan Moody, Hamden, and Brian J. and Tradey A. Poole, Oriskany Falls).

National Award Recipients
Emily Chittenden, Schodack Landing
Winner 2015 National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest
Brian J. and Tracey A. Poole, Oriskany Falls
AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award 2016
(pictured with AJCA Director Alan Chittenden and their children, Emma and Lucas)
Meghan Moody, Hamden
AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award 2016
(pictured with AJCA Director Alan Chittenden and husband, Joe, and children, Ian and Emily)
Dutch Hollow Farms LLC
AJCA Master Breeder 2012 and National Dairy Shrine Distinguished Cattle Breeder 2014
Sandra and Rebecca Ferry, Johnstown
AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award 2013
Shannon Mason, Jefferson
AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award 2014

Click here to view a list of New York Jersey breeders that have served in national leadership positions or received national awards.

New York Jersey breeders have also been recognized for herd management, production and show ring achievements.

The herd owned by Matthew M. Terry of Franklin ranks nationally for protein with a 2015 lactation average of 22,946M, 1,132F and 863P on 48 cows. Five other herds rank among the top 10 in the nation among their peers with similar-sized herds (Domino Farms, Accord; Den Kel Jerseys LLC, Byron; Kevin and Annetta Herrington, Dansville; Merle Lawton, Newark Valley; and Brian J. and Tracey A. Poole, Orinskany Falls).

Dutch Hollow Klassic Deva-ET
Very Good-88%
10-8 305 3x 25,960 5.0% 1,309 3.1% 815
Lifetime: 254,125M, 12,900F and 9,051P in 3,456 days
2014 Leading Living Lifetime Production Contest, 9th Milk and 3rd Fat
Owned by Dutch Hollow Farm, Schodack Landing

The state's leading herd for Jersey Performance Index (JPI) is Den-Kel Jerseys LLC of Byron, owned by Kip and Katie Keller, with a herd average JPI of +79 (December 2016). Seventy-nine percent of the Den-Kel Jerseys herd has been genotyped. The herd ranks #14 in the country for genetic merit. The 28-cow herd owned by Richard E. Smith of Medina ranks #22 in the nation with an average JPI of +75.

In the 2014 AJCA Leading Living Lifetime Production Contest, Dutch Hollow Klassic Deva-ET, owned by Dutch Hollow Farm, Schodack Landing, placed ninth for milk and protein and third for fat with lifetime credits of 254,125M, 12,900F and 9,051P in 3,456 days. Lawtons Barber High, owned by Merle Lawton, Newark Valley, placed eighth for fat with 227,480M, 12,071F and 8,516P in 3,464 days.

High Placings at the 2016 All American Junior Jersey Show
TJ Classic Action Venus
Junior All American Senior 2-Year-Old
Blake Crothers, Pitcher
Blake Crothers, left, also received the banner for Premier Exhibitor.
Other Top-5 Placings
Chilli PT Cheyenne-ET
3rd Senior 3-Year-Old
Blake Crothers, Pitcher
Underground Tootsie T-Mamie
3rd 4-Year-Old
Blake Crothers, Pitcher
Underground Leahs Lollipop
4th 5-Year-Old
Jacklyn Booth, Parish

High Placings at the 2016 All American Junior Jersey Show
TJ Classic Action Venus
Junior All American Senior 2-Year-Old
Blake Crothers, Pitcher
Blake Crothers, left, also received the banner for Premier Exhibitor.
Other Top-5 Placings
Chilli PT Cheyenne-ET
3rd Senior 3-Year-Old
Blake Crothers, Pitcher
Underground Tootsie T-Mamie
3rd 4-Year-Old
Blake Crothers, Pitcher
Underground Leahs Lollipop
4th 5-Year-Old
Jacklyn Booth, Parish
 
Top-10 Placings at the 2016 All American open Jersey Show
SVHeaths Tequila Java
3rd Junior Calf
Jon Prokop, Middleburgh
Cowbell Impression Miami-T
7th Intermediate Calf
Chase Rozler, Canton
Cowbell Impression Rowdy
4th Summer Yearling
Graham Rozler, Canton
Cowbell Hired Gun Rio
6th Summer Yearling
Chase Rozler, Canton
Cowbell Gentry Raven
8th Winter Yearling
Chase Rozler, Canton
SSF Boeheim Pace
5th Senior 2-Year-Old
Charles Luchsinger, Syracuse
SSF Gentry Chantilly
10th Junior 3-Year-Old
Jennifer Gordon, Cybil Fisher, Charles Luchsinger and Avonlea, Syracuse
Penngate Pebbles Pepsi
4th Lifetime Cheese Production
Kennedy Crothers, Pitcher


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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