REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The permanent fund for Jersey Youth Academy added $7,330 from the fourth annual Cow Pie Bingo, held recently at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine, during the annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.
The heifer for this year’s fundraiser was donated by Rector Jersey Farm, Hilmar, Calif., in memory of influential Jersey breeders and leaders of the American Jersey Cattle Association who have passed away in recent years.
Rectors Merchant Paris 22258 carried a genomic Jersey Performance Index of 151. She is sired by Sunset Canyon Merchant-ET, GJPI 176. Her dam by Ahlem Lemvig Abe-ET (GJPI 147) is Very Good-85 percent with 19,214-967-729 m.e. calving at 1 year, 9 months of age. The fourth dam is Excellent with four records more than 21,000 pounds of milk, 1,000 pounds fat and 800 pounds protein.
More than 80 individuals and farms made donations of $10, $25 or $50 to select one or more of the 192 squares available. “Paris” chose her new owner by making her “deposit” on a square selected by Elsa Sherman and Janice Rector. They donated the calf to the 55th National Heifer Sale, where she sold for $2,100 to Alex Steer, Dalhart, Texas. All proceeds went to Jersey Youth Academy.
Cow Pie Bingo has now raised $27,900 for the endowment of Jersey Youth Academy.
Applications for the third Jersey Youth Academy, scheduled for July 21-26, 2013, will be posted Sept. 1 and are due Nov. 30. For more information, visit the Academy website (http://academy.usjersey.com), contact program coordinator Dr. Cherie L. Bayer at 614-322-4456, or write Jersey Youth Academy, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.