News from Russell in Canada

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The growing momentum for the Jersey breed that has been burgeoning across Canada was more than evident during the breed’s 2007 National Show and Sale of Stars at the 85th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) in Toronto, Ontario. Jersey Canada‘s display booth at the RAWF was inundated by domestic dairy producers and foreign visitors wanting more information on the breed or to become a member of the association or to purchase Jersey promotional items like the breed’s 2007-born true type model cow!

Complete results of the 2007 Canadian National Jersey show have now been posted on Jersey Canada’s visitor-friendly website at Here are some early highlights from a week of intense and unbridled Jersey excitement and progress:



For the first time in history a Jersey cow has won the crown of Supreme Champion Female of all breeds at the RAWF dairy show! That cow is Vandenberg Amedeo Gorgeous EX-97, bred by Mitch and Yolanda Vandenberg of Reaboro, Ontario and owned by the Borland family of Rapid Bay Jersey Farm of Ormstown, Quebec. Rapid Bay also merited the Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor banners in an extraordinarily high quality Jersey show.

On her way to winning this ultimate honour Gorgeous has accumulated a sterling resume that has seldom if ever been equaled! Precursor accomplishments to the well-received naming of Gorgeous as Supreme Champion Female include:
- The Grand Champion Jersey Female title at the 2005 National Show along with Reserve Grand Champion Female honours in 2006.
- A top lactation of 4-5 305d 9435 kgs M 551F 5.8% 380P 4.0% with BCAs of 288-306-306 for a Jersey Canada Gold Award for production!
- All Canadian honours in 2005 and 2006 and a Reserve All Canadian victory in 2004.
- The first Jersey cow to be scored Excellent-97 in Canada’s new multi-breed classification system initiated in August 2005 and one of only two cows of any breed to attain that lofty score!

Gorgeous was named Grand Champion Jersey of a 235 head National Jersey show. This show was regarded as one of the best in a generation and perhaps all time by a very large and totally attentive ringside. Gorgeous had abundant competition not only in her own Mature Cow class but across a star-studded Jersey milking female show! Included in the long list of highly worthy contenders were two other former Canadian National Champions and other powerhouse household names of the breed - Reserve Champion Huronia Connectn Crystalyn EX-95 (Grand Champion in 2006) and Honourable Mention Champion JIF Little Minnie EX-96 (Grand Champion in 2003 and 2005).

This astounding daughter of Piedmont Grove Amedeo (marketed by Payneside Farms of Eastern Ontario) is from a Very Good daughter of popular Semex foundation sire Curtsey Duncan Jude-ET. Gorgeous and her elated owners at Rapid Bay received the Quality Seeds award of $1,000 for being named the “fairest of the fair” at one of the world’s most competitive and high quality dairy cattle shows!



Jersey sales have been held at the RAWF since 1952. The 2007 Jersey Sale of Stars managed by Semex Alliance was easily the best sale of the 56 that have now been held by a massive margin! The offering of live animals in the fast-paced sale attracted bids from a wide variety of countries and garnered a stunning average in excess of $8750! This average is over $3000 higher than the previous record average set in 2003!

Two scintillating lots sold for $20,000 or more. The sale’s high seller was Pine Haven B R C Eva VG-89, bred by Eric Thompson and family of Oxford, Nova Scotia and consigned to the sale by a partnership of the Thompson family and Lookout Holsteins and Jerseys of Quebec. "Eva" is a well known feature daughter of Semex Sire Bridon Remake Comerica-ET from a dam by another world-renowned Semex sire Rock Ella Perimiter-ET. For the sale’s top price of $24,000 she is now solely owned by Callum McKinven and Kathy Beerwort of Canton-de-Hatley, Quebec. “Eva” was the 2005 RAWF Junior Champion and returned to the National Show in 2006 to take first in a large junior two year old class. She was named Purina All Canadian winner in her age class in both 2005 and 2006! In addition she has a Jersey Canada Silver Award for production to her credit!

While there is an abundance of other news about Jersey activities at the 2007 RAWF to share these mountain-top accomplishments are indicative of the energy, enthusiasm and drive permeating Jersey business across Canada and indeed around the globe in recent times! The breed has never seen levels of interest so high!! The future looks only better and brighter!!


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