Photo gallery: 150th American Jersey Cattle Association annual meeting

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Official Jersey portraits unveiled
Three portraits were created by Bonnie Mohr to show the 21st Century Jersey cow. A head on view and three-quarter view were painted along with the traditional side view. (Catie Noyes photo)

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The home state of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) is welcoming Jersey breeders from across the U.S. and around the world to the 150th celebration of the association.

From June 27-30, the AJCA annual meeting will take place in northeast Ohio. Activities include the Presidents’ Reception and Jersey Breeders’ Banquet, June 27; 61st National Heifer Sale, June 29; the AJCA Young Breeders Awards Luncheon, June 30; as well as tours of local dairies, educational seminars on Jersey genetics and more.

Check back often. We’ll keep you updated on all the highlights right here. Check out our gallery and convention coverage below.

Distinguished Service

Chris Sorenson, current president of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and David Endres, current president of the National All Jersey Inc., were awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Jersey Cattle Association.
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Distinguished Service

Chris Sorenson, current president of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and David Endres, current president of the National All Jersey Inc., were awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Jersey Cattle Association.
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National Heifer Sale dinner

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Jersey heifers

Jersey heifers could be previewed before the National Heifer Sale June 28.
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Taking bids

Ron Mosser, AJCA-NAJ area representative, took bids during the National Jersey Heifer Sale.
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Fred Stout intern award

Amanda LoRusso was recognized as the Fred Stout award winner for her internship with the Jersey Marketing Service.
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Bonnie Mohr and Chris Sorenson

Bonnie Mohr and Chris Sorenson prepare to unveil the official portraits of the Jersey cow during the Presidents’ Reception and Jersey Breeders’ Banquet at MAPS Air Museum June 27.
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Cow pie bingo

Reflection-DH Dimention Tallis was donated by Cherie Bayer, of the American Jersey Cattle Association, for cow pie bingo.
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National Heifer Sale Ring

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Checking out the sale heifers

Jersey heifers could be previewed before the National Heifer Sale June 28.
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National Jersey Heifer Sale

The National Jersey Heifer Sale brought in $294,825 with 10 percent of each sold heifer going toward youth programs. WF Fireman Glossy-P-ET, shown here, sold for $3,700 to Diley Jerseys, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
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21st Century Jersey portrait

During the Jersey Breeders' Banquet, a special presentation of the 21st Century Jersey cow portrait was unveiled by artist Bonnie Mohr.
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Toast to the Jersey cow

An official toast was made to the Jersey cow and honorees at the Presidents’ Reception and Jersey Breeders’ Banquet during the 150th annual meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association, June 27, at MAPS Air Museum in North Canton.
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National Heifer Sale

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National Heifer Sale preview

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Sold

Chris Hill called the National Jersey Heifer Sale June 28.
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Waiting to be sold

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Taste of Ohio reception

Before the National Heifer Sale dinner, attendees could sample local wine and cheese during the Taste of Ohio Reception.
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National Heifer Sale prospects

Jersey heifers could be previewed before the National Heifer Sale June 28.
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Jersey Jim Herron in barn

Jim Herron, of Cold Run Jerseys, talks to Stephen LeFeuvre, past president of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society, from Jersey Isle, UK, during the national and international tour of their Salem, Ohio, farm June 29.
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Jason Nuhfer Ohio Jersey Breeders president

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MAPS Air Museum

To kick off the week, over 200 breeders gathered at MAPS Air Museum in North Canton for the Presidents’ Reception and Jersey Breeders’ Banquet, June 27.
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Master breeders Christy and Ron Ratliff

Ron and Christy Ratliff were honored with the Master Breeder Award during the National Jersey Breeders' Banquet.
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National Jersey Queen

2017 National Jersey Queen Lakaya Lyon accepted the past president award on behalf of her grandfather, Joe Lyon, president of the American Jersey Cattle Association from 1970-1973.
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Bonnie Mohr

Artist Bonnie Mohr was commissioned to to paint the sixth portrait showing the progression of the Jersey cow into the 21st century. Mohr said this project was the pinnacle of her career.
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National Heifer Sale entertainment

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Jersey Breeders' Banquet at MAPS

Jersey Breeders' Banquet and Presidents' Reception, June 27, at MAPS Air Museum, North Canton, Ohio.
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Jersey robotic feed pusher

Nature View Farm, Jay and Paul Herron, hav e been using this Valmetal robotic feed pusher, installed by Progressive Dairy Systems in Columbiana, Ohio, since this spring. It's a huge labor-saver, automatically pushing up feed every hour.
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Christy Ratliff Master Breeder

Christy Ratliff, of Garnett, Kansas, said winning the Master Breeder Award has been a lifetime dream of hers.
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Which one should I buy

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Honoring Jersey leadership

The Presidents' Reception of the American Jersey Cattle Association annual meeting honored present and past presidents of AJCA and NAJ, June 27.
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Jersey Breeders' Banquet

The Jersey Breeders' Banquet and Presidents' Reception were held June 27 in North Canton, Ohio.
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Meritorious Service Ole Meland

The Meritorious Service award was presented to Dr. Ole M. Meland, of Ocala, Florida, for his work with Jersey genetics.
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Jersey bag race

Man down: Max Holmes, son of Becky and Bryan Holmes, got tripped up during the sack races during the American Jersey Cattle Association tour of Cold Run Jerseys June 29. Max is the grandson of farm owner
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Meet and greet

Over 200 breeders gathered at MAPS Air Museum in North Canton for the Presidents’ Reception and Jersey Breeders’ Banquet, June 27.
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National Heifer Sale volunteers

Before the sale, Jersey Marketing Service team members and volunteers were recognized for getting the National Heifer sale ready June 28
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Around the ring

Youth volunteers lead Jersey heifers around the ring for the National Heifer Sale. PTJ Andreas Rudy-ET, shown here, sold for $3,100.
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Jersey Nature View Farm

Visitors to the Herron family's Nature View Farm, Salem, Ohio.
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Jersey Nature View Farm - Jay Herron

Third generation dairy farmer Jay Herron welcomed American Jersey Cattle Association and International Conference of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau visitors to Nature View Farm, Salem, Ohio. (Susan Crowell photo)
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Chris Sorenson AJCA president

Chris Sorenson, AJCA president, welcomes guests the 150th annual meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association at MAPS Air Museum June 27.

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