Jersey leadership named at annual meetings
Officers and directors of the U.S. Jersey organizations were elected during the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. held in North Conway, N.H.
Chris Sorenson, Pine River, Wis., was elected to a one-year term as president of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Sorenson is a partner in Hillview Jersey Farm, a family corporation formed in 1982. The 850-acre farm is home to a 100-cow Registered Jersey herd enrolled on REAP (registration, Equity, type appraisal and performance programs). A five-year director of the AJCA, he was co-chair of the 2011 National Heifer Sale that raised over $300,000 for Jersey Youth Academy.
Elected as vice president for a one-year term was William Grammer, Sebring, Ohio. Grammer is chair of the AJCA Development Committee and serves as an ex officio director of National All-Jersey Inc.
Corey Lutz, Lincolnton, N.C., was elected to a three-year term as AJCA director from the Sixth District, succeeding two-term director and retiring Vice President Richard A. Doran, Jr., Newberry, S.C. He and his wife, Bridgette, own and operate Piedmont Jerseys, a 200-cow herd enrolled in AJCA's REAP program. Lutz is currently president of the North Carolina Jersey Association, associate general chair of The All American Jersey Shows & Sales, and a past chair of the AJCA Type Advisory Committee.
Three sitting directors were re-elected to a second three-year term: Ralph Frerichs, La Grange, Texas (Eighth District); David Norman, Liberty, Penna. (Third District); and Wesley Snow, Brookfield, Vt. (First District).
Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis., was appointed to fill the Tenth District seat vacated by Chris Sorenson. Owens is a two-time president of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association and currently serves on the Select Sires Inc. Jersey sire committee. He served on the Wisconsin Department of Commerce's Dairy 20/20 Initiative and more than 30 years on the Polk-Burnett DHI Board, 10 years as president. In 2011, he was a co-chair of the all-donation 54th National Heifer Sale.
Chairs of standing committees on the AJCA Board for 2012-2013 are Jerry Spielman, Seneca, Kans., Finance; Charles Steer, Cottage Grove, Tenn., Breed Improvement; William Grammer, Development; and James Quist, Fresno, Calif., Registration.
David Endres, Lodi, Wis., was elected to serve his fourth term as president of National All-Jersey Inc.
James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., was re-elected NAJ director from District 1, and also the organization's vice president for 2012-2013. Chairman of the Finance Committee will be Kelvin Moss, Litchfield Park, Ariz.
The American Jersey Cattle Association was organized in 1868 to improve and promote the Jersey breed. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. Visit www.USJersey.com or more information about AJCA and NAJ programs and services, or follow the news feed at facebook.com/USJersey.