MICHAEL STERN of PARIS, ONTARIO RECEIVES
PRESTIGIOUS HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP
FROM JERSEY CANADA!
Michael Stern was born in Ashford, England in 1929, and came to
Canada in the fall of 1947 at the age of 18 with his father Edward,
stepmother Nancy, younger sister Anne and younger brother David. The
family took up residence at the Cochrane farm at the end of Nith
Road, near Paris, Ontario. Michael went to work for a local Jersey farmer,
Several years went by before Michael met his wife Elizabeth, and they
were married in 1958.
Michael and his new wife briefly moved to Milton so he could work
with Maurice Beatty of the famed Lindale Jersey herd but he was back to Keg
Lane and the Nunan farm again before the summer of 1959. In August of
1959, his first of six children was born - a daughter - and by 1960
he had moved to the farmstead owned by the Creedon family. With the
sudden death of Mr. Nunan, Michael gave his all to keep the Jersey
operation up and running for Jack's wife Betty. By 1967, five more
children (all sons!) had joined the family, and in 1968 Michael
purchased the Nunan farm with its small Jersey herd and moved his
family across the road. Michael registered his new farm as "Potwell
Jerseys", after the farm where he grew up back in England.
Years flew by and both his young family and the small herd of Jersey
cattle grew. During the 1960's and early 1970's, Michael and Liz
along with their 6 children attended various calf rallies, and then
local school fairs after the children started school.
In 1981, Richard joined the farming operation and a second farm was
purchased in Oxford County. Peter became the third partner in 1983.
The second farm is now owned and operated by Peter and his wife
Michelle, home of Maple Ridge Jerseys, with a foundation of Potwell
Over the next 10 years or so, Potwell Jerseys became a force to
reckon with on the show circuit. In 1995, Potwell Juno's Belle won 3
major championships in 3 different countries: Grand Champion at the
Richmond Hill Spring Show in Canada, Grand Champion at the Ohio
Spring Show in the USA, and Grand Champion at one of the largest
shows in Brazil. Michael and the boys purchased a Jersey cow named
Waymar Patrick Nadine now Excellent-97% , and in 1996 she won not only the
Show in the USA but was named Supreme Grand Champion of all Dairy
Breeds. Needless to say, this cow's name has become known world-wide.
Closer to home, Michael and the boys have shown cattle at the local
Parish shows and other championship shows for many years.
Potwell Jerseys can be found in Mexico, Brazil, the USA, and
Argentina. As well, there have been many international sales of
Potwell semen and embryos. With his sons Richard and Peter in the
show limelight, Michael preferred to stay behind the scenes, making
sure all details got taken care of at home. Subscribing to several
Jersey publications (including the US Jersey Journal, Australian
Jersey Journal, and Canadian Jersey Breeder) help Michael keep
abreast of the events and issues in the Jersey industry both in
Canada and abroad. Almost 40 years later, the Potwell Jersey
herd consisted of 85 registered cattle, with BCAs of 234M 206F 232P
and a herd average classification score of 86.5 points. Potwell has
received the Constructive Breeder Award four consecutive times since
1998. In May 2007 the bulk of the Potwell herd was sold to Matt and Kerry
Fraser of Maker Jerseys, Shakespeare, Ontario. Thus, Michael and Liz and
family have helped a young couple establish a spectacular Jersey foundation
herd and enter the dairy industry.
Michael has been a member of the Paris Agricultural Society for many
years, and has helped with judging of poultry at the Paris Fall Fair.
He has been the Secretary-Treasurer of the Brant-Norfolk Jersey Club
for over 12 years.
From the early beginnings as a hired hand almost 60 years ago,
Michael has spent his life working with the Jersey breed. His
lifelong love and tireless dedication to the Jersey cow is evident in
his hard work, achievements, and continued efforts to promote and
support both the Jersey cow and the farming industry.
JERSEY CANADA NAMES 2007
MASTER BREEDER AWARD WINNER!
WILLOW CREEK JERSEYS
Dave & Anne Honderich, New Hamburg, ON
This year's recipient of Jersey Canada's prestigious Master Breeder
award is the Willow Creek Jersey herd, owned by Dave & Anne Honderich
and family of New Hamburg, Ontario. The Honderich family has a long
history of involvement in the Jersey breed, and Dave and Anne have
built upon that solid foundation to breed the high quality herd which
is very deserving of this recognition.
The first Jerseys arrived at Willow Creek in 1929 as 4-H project
animals. Due to their good udder quality and true consistent
breeding, Dave's father Cameron decided to continue on with Jerseys.
Over time, the herd grew to be a 65 cow dairy herd, a large herd in
those days. Cameron was involved in the first artificial insemination
in Canada with Brampton Royal Dreamer, and would go on to serve first
as President of Jersey Canada and later as Executive Secretary of the
association. The original herd was dispersed in 1969, but young stock
and older cows retained from that sale went on to form the nucleus
for a new Willow Creek herd.
Dave completed his education at the University of Guelph in 1973, and
then returned home to farm. From this point on, the herd continued to
maintain a herd size of between 45 and 50 cows in milk. Cows are fed
a TMR mixture year-round, with supplemental dry hay in the winter and
pasture in the summer. Current herd BCA figures are 213M 184F 213P,
with classification numbers at 10 Excellent (5 ME), 20 Very Good, 21
Good Plus, and 8 Good.
The Willow Creek herd is largely built on the strength of balanced
cow families, and few exemplify this better than Willow Creek M
Cecily Supreme Excellent 94%. This famous cow is a Four Star Brood Cow, with
offspring, 21 of them being female, and 19 of these having been
milked at Willow Creek. Cecily was Reserve Grand Champion at the
Royal in 1979, and was Grand Champion of the Ontario Spring Show the
The Cecily family now constitutes a sizeable proportion of the Willow
Creek herd, with many notable individuals, including the Yola line of
cows. Willow Creek Saturn Yola EX is continuing to produce and serve
as a valuable brood cow.
Another strong family at Willow Creek started with Willow Creek Title
Margo Sup. EX, who went on to produce a very notable cow - Willow
Creek Lester Lil EX-92-3E. Lil was sold to Murray and Elaine
Williamson of Willoa Jerseys, and went on to have 2 EX and 3 VG
progeny. These include Semex plus proven sire Willoa Laser, and
Willoa Lilibet Renaissance VG-89, who was Reserve Intermediate
Champion at the Royal and All Canadian in 2000. Lilibet's son,
Hollylane Lilibet's Legacy, is now the #1 LPI sire in Canada, and is
marketed by Semex Alliance.
Some other notable cows bred by Willow Creek that have gone on to
success away from home include:
- Willow Creek Remake Treasure EX-90, Reserve Grand Champion at Expo
Bellechasse in 2003 for Ferme Elegance
- Willow Creek Remake Sabrina, sold for $15,000 in the Quebec Spring
Sale in 2001, going on to place 4th as a Junior Two Year Old in 2001
at the World Dairy Expo for Ken Beneke.
- Willow Creek I Sofie, All Time Milk, Fat, and Protein Champion in
Uruguay, and two-time Reserve Grand Champion of the Uruguay National
- Cam Sultan Belle, selling for $17,000 in the World Jersey Classic
Sale in 2005.
The list of other fantastic cows with generations of type and
production performance is long, but the future is equally bright.
Through the herd's partnership in the CAM Syndicate with extended
family members at Genesis Jerseys and Norval Acres, the group has
produced some very exciting offspring from Rock Ella Brook Belle
EX-93, daughter of Duncan Belle EX-3. A "Declo" daughter (full sister
to Piedmont Declo Belle EX-94) is milking at Willow Creek, with a
J Imperial also fresh at Genesis. Nine offspring have been produced,
with more on the way by means of embryo transfer. Willow Creek and
Genesis are also flushing Norval Acres Barber Princess, with calves
by Sultan and Paramount being born in December 2006.
Congratulations to the entire Honderich family-Dave & Anne, Drew and
wife Amy, Dana, and Teresa in building a herd of such recognizable
quality, and thank you for your continued contribution to the success
of the Jersey breed in Canada!
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MALCOLM MACGREGOR RECEIVES HIGH PROFILE
RALPH J. BARICHELLO MEMORIAL AWARD FROM JERSEY CANADA!!
The 2007 recipient of the Ralph J. Barichello Award for outstanding
contributions to agriculture in Canada has not only furthered the cause of
agriculture in Canada, but also in many of the world's less developed
nations. Malcolm MacGregor of Morewood, Ontario has a resume of
accomplishments that easily reflect why he was nominated for this
award by Jersey Ontario, and ultimately chosen as the recipient for
Mr. MacGregor has been farming at his farm in Morewood for more than
50 years now. As a dedicated Guernsey breeder for many years, he
served as President of the Canadian Guernsey Association, and for
many years he served on the National Type Committee for the CGA. He
also had success in the show ring, winning a Grand Championship at
the Royal Winter Fair, and was a previous Premier Exhibitor at this
Malcolm was also in demand as a judge, judging at many high-profile
shows including the Royal Winter Fair, the Pacific National
Exhibition (PNE), the Sydney Royal Show in Australia, the New York
State Fair, and various other shows in Ontario, Quebec, and New
England. Malcolm also served as the first chairman of the Dundas
County Milk Committee.
In 1978, Malcolm started working with the federal government as chief
of the National Showcase Herds, still operating today as part of the
Canadian Agriculture Museum. Malcolm proceeded to move up in
responsibility quickly, eventually becoming the Acting Director-
General of Commodity Production and Market Development for
Agriculture Canada. Some projects that Malcolm was specifically
involved in included major revision of the Animal Pedigree Act,
privatization of the Record of Performance (ROP) program, and
overhauling much of the federal policy pertaining to Fairs and
In 1990, Mr. MacGregor joined Agrodev Canada Inc., an organization
supporting agricultural development in the developing world, as a
Senior Associate. In his time working in this field, Malcolm
travelled to Bangladesh, Myanmar, and China on different development
Of particular note was Malcolm's work with the Crop Diversification
Programme in Bangladesh from 1990 to 1994. Mr. MacGregor was the
Project Manager for a project aimed at increasing production of
alternative crops in Bangladesh, thereby improving the nutritional
balance of native Bangladeshis, and improving the income for small
landowners and tenant farmers. This project was a great success, and
resulted in the project being recognized with an International
Development Award from the Canadian Exporters Association, as well as
recognition from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This only scratches the surface of the many projects, both domestic
and international, in which Malcolm MacGregor has played an integral
role. The Barichello family and Jersey Canada wish to thank Mr.
MacGregor for his service to the Canadian dairy industry, and to
world agricultural development!
The association and Mr. Barichello's family have presented this prestigious
award in his memory since 1986. Malcolm MacGregor now joins a highly
distinguished list of previous recipients!
Ralph J. Barichello was an active agriculturalist, community leader, Jersey
breeder and breed leader and strong supporter of 4-H! He farmed at Barbros
Farm near Langley, British Columbia!
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JOANNE EDWARDS RECEIVES
JERSEY CANADA NATIONAL YOUNG JERSEY ACHIEVER AWARD!
This year's recipient of the National Young Jersey Achiever Award comes from
solid Jersey roots, but has also been active in expanding her
knowledge of the breed and the industry outside of her own farm.
Joanne Edwards, 28, of Nokomis, Saskatchewan has been directly
involved with Jerseys from a very young age, having been brought up
at Bramville Jerseys by parents Jim and Fran Edwards. She started
showing Jersey calves at the tender age of 3 years old, and proceeded
to be active in the 4-H program for 11 years. She was also a 7 year
participant in the Western Canadian Junior Dairy Show, and Junior
Sweepstakes, participating in showing, fitting, and judging of dairy
Joanne has also been involved with Jersey Canada Youth programs,
travelling to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in 1995 as part of
the Explore Jersey Canada program. As part of the World Jersey Cattle
Bureau Youth Exchange program, Joanne travelled to New Zealand in
1997 for an entire year, working on 35 different operations, as well
as speaking at various meetings about the Canadian dairy industry.
In the fall of 1998, Joanne moved to Clanwilliam, Manitoba to work
for Steve and Marie Smith at Clanman Jerseys. She had various
responsibilities there, and credits the experience with making her a
more independent person! She returned to Saskatchewan in the fall of
1999, becoming the herdsperson for Robella Holsteins in Balgorie. She
stayed in this position until 2003, after getting the herd involved
Moving back home to Bramville Jerseys in 2003, Joanne has entered
into partnership with her parents. Upon her arrival back to the home
herd, the milking herd was expanded from 32 to 50 cows in milk. Due
to constraints from the layout of the old tie-stall barn, a Cover-All
building was erected for loose housing, using the tie-stall barn just
for milking the cows. The feeding program was also changed from
largely dry hay to baleage, along with a home-grown, balanced grain
ration. Since implementing this changes, herd average BCAs have
increased 8 points for milk, 17 points for fat and 20 points for
protein. Current herd classification sits at 3 EX, 19 VG, 32 GP, 1 G
and 10 not classified.
Since Joanne's renewed involvement with the herd, Bramville cattle
have also seen successes in the show ring. Bramville D.D. Joy won the
herd's first Grand Championship at Olds Fair in 2004, going on to be
named Grand Champion again in 2005 and Reserve in 2006. Green
Hectares Extreme Vallie, purchased as a heifer during the herd
expansion, won the Grand Championship at the Western Canadian
Livestock Expo in 2005, and was subsequently sold into partnership
with breeders in Ontario.
Perhaps most notable in recent months has been that Joanne has taken
on the responsibilities of the President position with the newly
formed Jersey West, working to market the Jersey breed in the four
western provinces. She also joins the Marketing Committee of Jersey
Canada in 2007. In Saskatchewan, she serves the Nokomis Agricultural
Society as a director, and is the coloured breeds representative for
the Canadian Western Agribition Dairy Show.
Besides her busy life with dairy cows, Joanne is also fond of horses,
and tries to ride whenever possible. She is also an avid curler, and
is involved with her local curling club in various capacities.
Congratulations to Joanne on her past accomplishments with the breed
that have led to being named a National Young Jersey Achiever in 2007!
The National Young Jersey Achiever Award program was established in 1990 and
since that time dozens of young dairymen across Canada have been recognized,
honoured and encouraged through this great program!