The American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) released the 2019 official lactation reports which rank herds by herd size for milk, fat and protein production, based on both a m.e. and actual basis.
The AJCA reports that the official lactation average for the Jersey breed is now 20,009 lbs. milk, 969 lbs. fat and 742 lbs. protein on a standardized mature equivalent (m.e.) basis. On a Cheddar cheese yield basis, average production is 2,520 lbs. The number of records included in the breed average for 2019 is 100,904.
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Several Pennsylvania herds were among the standouts in 2019.
Ranking among the top herds for production on a m.e. basis was Van De Jerseys of Transfer ranked among the top ten herds for milk, fat and protein with 300 – 749 records. Their herd tops the chart with 1,146 lbs. of fat, while their production of 20,347 lbs. milk and 766 lbs. protein ranks ninth and eighth respectively.
The state also shone in the 80-149 production records by m.e. Topping two categories was Brian Martin, Kutztown. His herd’s 822 lbs. protein and 1,117 lbs. of fat topped the competition, while the 22,709 lbs. milk ranked third. Also ranking in the category was Vanderfeltz Jerseys, Lawton; Mount Rock Jerseys LLC, Newville; and Kenny Jersey Farm LLC, Enon Valley.
Also ranking in their respective categories for 2019 were Ryan Clark, Tyrone; Dale Pheasant, Martinsburg; Connie Troutman, Mohrsville; and Harold Harpster, Boalsburg.
On an actual production basis, Mount Rock Jerseys ranked first for fat production among herds with 80-149 records with their herd’s production of 989 lbs. fat. Also ranking in this category were Vanderfeltz Jerseys, Lawton; Brian Martin, Kutztown; Kenny Jersey Farm, LLC; and South-Mont Farm, Canton.
Mark Knepper, Hustontown; Van De Jerseys, Transfer; Ryan Clark, Tyrone; Mark and Shannon Gardner, Dayton; Dale Pheasant, Martinsburg; and Harold Harpster, Boalsburg, also ranked in the top 10 for various categories within their respective herd sizes.