Brian Barlass

Vice President
Donna Phillips

Joyce Owens

AJCA-NAJ Area Representative
Kristin Paul


Click on the links below to view Wisconsin Jersey breeder profiles (alphabetical) published in the May 2011 issue of the Jersey Journal:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4



Welcome to the website of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association. Our organization is a group of people who have a common interest in Registered Jersey cattle.

Our members are a part of the state's leading agriculture industry, with dairy accounting for nearly half - $43.4 billion - of the state's $88.3 billion annual receipts from agriculture.

Wisconsin is the cheese capital of the nation. In 2016, it produced more cheese than any other state, with a whopping 25% of domestic cheese production. As well, cheese makers from America's Dairyland produce more varieties, types and styles of cheeses (600 in all) than any other state. Our members help with this effort as the rich, high-protein milk from their Jersey cows produces 20-25% more cheese than average milk.

Members of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association hail from diverse operations, raising cattle on small farms that milk a handful of cows to large dairies with thousands of them. Facilities are also diverse, ranging from operations that house cattle in freestall barns and milk them in parlors to those that milk and house their cattle in tie-stall barns and graze during the summer months.

Prominent Cows

Norse Star Hallmark Bootie
3-0 365 3x 39,239 7.2% 2,827 3.8% 1,500
Owner: Jeana Marie Fremstad, Westby

"Bootie" became World Fat Champion in 2007. Click here for an article carried in the August 2007
issue of the
Jersey Journal.

D&E Paramount Violet
5-2 305 3x 27,600 4.2% 1,167 3.5% 953
Owner: David Allen, Reedsburg

"Violet's" descendents rank among the breed's top genetic females and males. She placed 10th (tie) in the 2015 Great Cow Contest.

Musqie Iatola Martha-ET
Supreme Champion
World Dairy Expo, 2016 and 2017
Owner: Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna

Ahlem B John Princess 3183-ET
279,122M, 12,537F and 9,287P in 3,035 days
Owner: Gerald Laufenberg, Mount Horeb

"Princess" placed third for milk, fifth for fat and eighth for protein in the 2014 AJCA Leading Living Lifetime Production Contest.

Ambition Hercules Jordan
7-1 305 3x 28,080 5.0% 1,410 3.5% 992
Owner: Derek Orth, Lancaster

"Jordan" was named Wisconsin Cow of the Year in 2013. Click here for more information.

In 2017, Wisconsin Jersey breeders registered 10,700 animals with the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA), a number that ranks the state third in the nation for registrations behind California and Oregon. Registered Jerseys are a growing commodity for the state as registrations have increased more than 60% over the past decade.

National Recognition
David Allen, Reedsburg, received the AJCA Master Breeder Award in 2017. Click here to learn more. Dr. Kent A. Weigel, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was honored with the AJCA-NAJ Award for Meritorious Service in 2017. Click here for more information.
Roger Reibe of Cumberland, left, was named the 14th recipient of the Max Gordon
Recognition Award at National Jersey Jug festivities in 2016. Riebe also received the Klussendorf Award at World Dairy Expo in 2016.
Jeff and Brandon Owens, flanking AJCA Director Marion Barlass of Wisconsin, were named AJCA Young Jersey Breeders in 2016. Click here to learn more about the operations of the award recipients.
Jim and Jessica Engel were honored as AJCA Young Jersey Breeders at the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings in 2015. Jason and Jory Fremstad were also named Young Jersey Breeders in 2015 and honored at the Young Jersey Breeders Banquet.
Click here to learn more about the operations of all the 2015 AJCA Young Jersey Breeders.
Cassy Krull won the 2012 National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest. For winning the contest, she was featured on the cover of the September 2013 Jersey Journal. George and Shirley Barlass, Janesville, were honored with the AJCA Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Click here to read more about the Barlasses and the award.
Sydney Endres of Lodi, center, was crowned
as the 2013 National Jersey Queen at National Jersey Jug Festivities. Jacob Leum of
Viroqua, third left, served as her escort.
George M. Barlass of Janesville, second right, received the Max Gordon Recognition Award during National Jersey Jug festivities in 2011. Wisconsin junior Cassy Krull, center, was crowned as the 2011 National Jersey Queen.
Artac Family Chris Kemper
Wayne and Lisa Artac, Greenwood, center, were honored as AJCA Young Jersey Breeders at the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings in 2011. Christopher Kemper, Dane, center, was also named a Young Jersey Breeder in 2011 and honored at the Young Jersey Breeders Banquet.
Click here to learn more about the operations of all the 2011 AJCA Young Jersey Breeders.

The Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association hosted the annual meetings of the AJCA and National All-Jersey in 1977, 1987, 2001 and 2011. Click here for details from the 2011 meetings held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

Membership is available to all Jersey enthusiasts for $15 annually. Junior memberships are available to youth under 21 years of age for $2.50 a year. For more information and an application, contact Secretary-Treasurer Joyce Owens at 715/653-2637 or





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