Jason Johnson

Vice President
Tim Angell
Randolph Center

Claire Stanley
East Fairfield

Tom Pyle

Paul Stanley
East Fairfield

Billings Top Rosanne
National Grand Champion
1988 and 1989
Exhibited by The Billings Farm and Rosanne Syndicate, Woodstock




Dairy is the number one agriculture business in Vermont. The dairy industry is so significant to the state that an image of a cow has even been incorporated in Vermont's state seal.

Jersey dairy cattle have been bred in Vermont for many decades. The New England region has been termed the "Cradle of the Jersey Business" because breeders across the country have traveled to New England to purchase breeding stock for their herds.

Champions of the 2015 Vermont State Jersey Show were: Billings Furor Calista, Grand Champion, right, held by Marcy Guillette; Craig Moor Gold Succulent, Reserve Grand Champion, middle, held by Megan Letourneau Beaupre; and Billings Indiana Raquel-ET, Honorable Mention Grand Champion, held by Jason Johnson. Gus Schwartzbeck was the judge.

Vermont juniors earned top honors in the heifer calf classes. Regan Johnson is at the halter of Junior Champion Billings Getaway Cybil and Andrew Lester exhibited Reserve Junior Champion Billings Blue Suede Harmony.

Jersey breeders from Vermont hosted the annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. in 1981 and 1998 and the meetings in 2012 in New Hampshire with fellow New England Jersey breeders.

Vermont Jersey breeders are movers and shakers in the dairy industry. Four Jersey breeders have been named Master Breeder by the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and three have earned the organization's Distinguished Service Award. Thirteen breeders have earned the AJCA Young Jersey Breeder award since it was first given in 1976. Click here for a complete list of these individuals.

Vermont junior Andrew McReynolds of Danville topped the 2017 Pot O'Gold Production Contest with Avi-Lanche Dazz Buttermilk 12564. He purchased "Buttermilk" as a heifer calf in the Pot O'Gold Sale in 2014.

Registered Jerseys bred by Vermont dairy producers have been named National Grand Champion and topped several high-visibility national Jersey sales over the years. Billings Top Rosanne (exhibited by The Billings Farm and Rosanne Syndicate of Woodstock) was tapped National Grand Champion in 1988 and 1989.

VJBA directors and officers attending the March 2013 board meeting were (left to right): Paul Flint, president, Emily Wright; Wes Snow (AJCA Director); Brenda Snow (AJCA-NAJ Area Representative); Tom Pyle, treasurer; Amy Ferris; Heather Brigham, secretary; Steve Fleury; Jason Johnson; Derrick Wright, vice president; and Matt Angell.

Lucky Hill Farm, Danville, leads the state for milk production with a 2016 AJCA lactation average of 19,579 lbs. milk, 975 lbs. fat and 713 lbs. protein on 147 cows. The 56-cow herd owned by Caleb Pepper Smith, Danby, ranks first for fat and protein with an average of 19,108 lbs. milk, 1,025 lbs. fat and 755 lbs. protein.

The herd owned by William H. Pearl, Barnet, leads the state for Jersey Performance Index (JPI) and ranks #8 in the nation with an average JPI of +79 (12/17) on 79 cows (92% genotyped).

Vermont - which is known for creating award-winning cheese - claims three Jersey breeders who are producing award-winning All-Jersey cheeses and marketing them with the Queen of Quality label: Billings Farm & Museum of Woodstock, Blythedale Farm of Corinth and Spring Brook Farm of Reading. Another Vermont cheesemaker who crafts award-winning cheese from Jersey milk is Cobb Hill Cheese in Hartland.





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