The permanent fund for Jersey Youth Academy added $4,800 from the tenth Cow Pie Bingo, held June 25, 2021, at Cinnamon Ridge Dairy in Donahue, Iowa, during the annual meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc.
The prize for this year’s fundraiser was SSI – GF 10637 Renfrow 2442-ET, donated by Select Sires Inc., Plain City, Ohio. The April calf with a GJPI of 109 is sired by S-S-I Victory Dashiell Renfrow-ET. Her Very Good-82% dam by Progenesis Dancer-ET is projected to 20,824—883—687 m.e. at one year and 11 months. She was the high selling individual of the Franchise Kind III Sale in 2019. The next dam is Excellent-91% with a completed second lactation of 20,560 lbs. milk, 1,062 lbs. fat and 837 lbs. protein calving at 2 years, 10 months of age.
Following contest rules, “2442” was led into a pen marked off into 192 squares and let free to roam until a cow pie was dropped or 60 minutes elapsed. It was over in just under a minute as she made her deposit in square H-17, held by the grandsons of David and Aggie Norman of Liberty, Pa. In a facetime call to James and Luke Norman the excitement was evident with the 8 and 6-year-old brothers.
Through the first six classes, 192 Jersey youth from 35 states have participated in Jersey Youth Academy. Cow Pie Bingo has now raised $67,210 for the Academy endowment, helping to ensure continuation of the program.
The seventh Academy class will be held July 11-16, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Thirty-one Jersey youth from 15 states will be in attendance.
Jersey Youth Academy is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation managed by the American Jersey Cattle Association to attract, educate and retain talented young people for careers in the Jersey dairy business. Contributors represent a broad spectrum of Jersey breeder and dairy industry support. For more information, visit the USJersey web site, or write Jersey Youth Academy, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.