Neal Smith, Executive Secretary and CEO of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and National All-Jersey Inc., announced the retirement of 31-year area representative Brenda Snow, effective April 30, 2022.
Brenda was hired July 1, 1990, as the Northeast Area Representative, a job she has held for nearly 32 years. She was hired at a time when northeast Jersey breeders were needing a better market for replacement Jerseys. Her knowledge of the dairy industry from her previous work with Select Sires and ABS Global, lead her to know what the New England dairy producers needed to take their marketing to the next level.
Snow worked closely with breeders across the U.S. to move Registered Jersey cattle from the east to west coasts in the early 1990s. She worked with Jersey breeders in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions to reinvigorate the New England spring and fall sales, growing them to large commercial sales. In addition to her work with the public sales, Brenda was part of a large movement of surplus heifers through private sales to the west.
“Brenda took pride in representing breeders in her region,” stated Smith. She strived to get the most fair prices for her customers and always insure a market for their Registered Jerseys.
Amidst all her endeavors, she and her husband, Wes, and son, Jarrett, owned and managed a well-respected herd of Jersey cattle —Sno-Krest Jerseys.
“Brenda has been a steady and consistent presence for New England Jersey breeders and shared a wealth of information with them on various on-farm management issues,” said Kristin Paul, Director of Field Service for the American Jersey Cattle Association. “Her knowledge and experience will be greatly missed.”
Scott Holcomb, Mid-Atlantic Area Representative for the AJCA, will now cover the New England States in addition to his current states of New York, Pennsylvania (east of I-79), and Maryland. Holcomb was hired in 2015 as a part-time appraiser and in 2019 as area representative for the AJCA. He will continue to also serve as a type traits appraiser.
The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has provided services that increase the value of and demand for Jersey milk and milk products and Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics. For more information on AJCA and NAJ services for dairy business owners, visit the website or connect on Facebook.