Welcome to the site of the Pennsylvania Jersey Cattle Association (PJCA). We are a membership organization of 170 dairy producers who have a common interest in the Registered Jersey cow.
We hail from a state in which dairy is king, with gross revenues from the dairy industry surpassing all other agriculture enterprises. Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation for total milk production and has designated milk as its official beverage. The state has the second largest number of dairy farms nationally, having more dairy farms than every other state except Wisconsin.
Registered Jerseys in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania herds have been among the top producers in the nation. In 2015, Vanderfeltz Jerseys of Lawton ranked fifth in the nation for protein production with a lactation average of 23,379M, 1,115F and 877P on 107 cows. Six other herds rank among the top 10 in the nation for milk, fat and protein production among their peers with similar sized herds.
Jersey Production Queens
Windy Acres Legend Carla, owned by William Eick of Columbia Crossroads, ranked among the leaders in the Leading Living Lifetime Production Contest for seven consecutive years beginning in 1999 and topped either the milk, fat or protein division five times. She produced lifetime credits of 272,337M, 12,952F and 9,372Pin 4,957 days.
Jersey Show Ring Stars
In the open show, Madison Fisher of Claysburg showed the winning aged cow.
The National Jersey Jug Futurity was topped by Pennsylvania bred cows in 2009 and 2010. Hillacres Morrae Maryland was named winner in 2010. She is owned by Peter Vail and Budjon Farms, Lomira, WI, and was bred by Tom and Amanda Arrowsmith of Peach Bottom. Tower Vue Tobago-ET, bred and owned by Scott M. Walton of Carlisle, was the first Pennsylvania cow to earn the honor in 2009.
At the National Jersey Jug festivities this year, Maria Noble, Gillett, was crowned at National Jersey Queen.
Other Top Performers in the Jersey World
The Pennsylvania Jersey Cattle Association hosted the Annual Meetings of the AJCA and National All-Jersey Inc. in Valley Forge in 1970, in Lancaster in 1985 and in Pittsburgh in 2005. The 2005 event featured the all-donation National Heifer Sale, which raised more than $400,000 to support the AJCC Research Foundation and National Jersey Youth Fund. Pennsylvania will again host the meetings in 2017 in Gettysburg.
Though Pennsylvania Jersey breeders are as varied as the businesses they operate, they have one thing in common. All believe in the superiority of their Jersey cow that produces milk with all the extras - extra flavor, extra nutrition, extra value and extra satisfaction.