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    Pa. Jersey breeders hold
Tours, awards highlight session
Staff Correspondent
BEDFORD In spite of the
Pa. Jersey annual
meeting include, from the left back row, Sarah Arrowsmith,
Helen McCahon, Patty Dreisbach, Michelle Lusk, Michael
Lusk, Lisa Lusk; from the left, Scott Ritchie, Jennifer
Chapman, Tom Arrowsmith and Carol Dreisbach
Dreisbach sisters pass crown
Stall Correspondent
BEDFORD Pennsylvania
Jersey breeders crowned their new
state Jersey queen Friday
evening, March 30, at the Arena
Restaurant, Bedford.
But the crowning saw only first
names changed.
Folks will still see the bright
smile and witness the energetic
enthusiasm for the Jersey breed
that they became accustomed to
with the 1983 Queen, Patricia
Dreisbach. Hugs and tears of
happiness were abundant as Patty
relinquished her reign to her
younger sister, Carol.
The pair of queens are the
daughters of Dr. Robert and
Helene Dreisbach, R 3 Hamburg.
Passing of the crown seemed a
natural thing since the two sisters
share the chores on their 70-cow
home farm, show and help each
other in their 4-H and FFA careers,
and take turns achieving many of
the same awards, championships
and laurels.
“The responsibilities I have
gained while working on the farm
have given me a head start in life,”
Carol stated in her address to
Jersey breeders. “I’m happy and
content working with Jerseys and
Jersey people,” she said. Carol is a
junior at Hamburg Area High
She is active in 4-H, FFA, and
band and plans to attend college in
the future. She has exhibited her
Jerseys on the local, state, and
national level, and has won several
championships on the local level
with her own-bred animals. The
brunette beauty is also a suc
cessful judge of dairy cattle in her
4-H and FFA contests and was a
member of Pa’s top-notch dairy
bowl team in 1982, which finished
second in the nation.
Carol looks forward to a busy
year promoting Jerseys. Her year
will be highlighted with the 1984
National Jersey Jug Queen contest
in Louisville, Ky. Last year, Patty
Dreisbach was the first Penn
sylvania Queen to capture the title
and said that she would love to
pass that crown to her sister, too.
The alternate queen is Jody
Minor from Western Penn
sylvania. She is the daughter of
Sam and Beverly Minor. Her
father is the President of the
Pennsylvania Holstein
Association, but Jody is active in
the showring with her Jerseys. She
enjoys the “closeness shared by
family members,” on their farm.
She helps on their 90-cow dairy
snow storm the day before, over
100 Jerseys breeders took a chance
on the weather and attended the
farm and looks forward to a career
in some aspect of the dairy in
The judges were Mathern
Mellott, of Wallymae Farm,
Harrisonville; Cathy Robinson,
Everett, a retired music teacher;
and Bennetta Snyder Gable,
manager of Snyder Homestead
Farms, Bedford.
The annual youth awards
preceded the Queen contest and
over 13 juniors received production
and achievement honors. The
Olmstead Trophy went to Helen
McCahon, Downingtown, and the
Fetterhof Trophy for FFA
achievement went to Patricia
Dreisbach, Hamburg. First year
project book honors went to Jenny
Chapman, Waterford. The
scrapbook prizes were won by
Scott Ritchie, Geigertown, junior
division, and Helen McCahon,
Downingtown, senior division.
The Brunges Trophy for
production was won by Michelle
Lusk for her cow’s record of 19,703
FCM with an actual record of 6-03
30517.276 milk, 799 fat.
Flanking Carol Dreisbach, 1984 Pa.
sister, Patty, left, 1983 queen; and
annual meeting of the Penn
sylvania Jersey Cattle Club at the
Quality Inn and Arena Restaurant,
Bedford. The meeting included
tours of three area Jersey dairies,
the awards banquet, the calf sale,
and barbeque at the Bedford
“Pennsylvania’s is second to
none”, Robert Dreisbach stated at
the directors meeting on Friday,
March 30.
“We’ve done wonders in 15
years. We have one of the best
junior groups in the country,” he
At the directors meeting and at
the meeting of the general
membership, Dreisbach generated
enthusiasm for “greater things”
and urged members to begin to
prepare for 1985 when Penn
sylvania Jersey breeders will be
hosting the national meeting of the
American Jersey Cattle Club
“Jerseys from Pennsylvania are
making headlines all over,” stated
Second through tenth place
production certificates were
received bv the following:
Second - Tammy Clark, Enon
Valley, 19,089 FCM; 2-10 - 291 -
14,252 milk - 680 fat.
Third - Carol Dreisbach,
Hamburg, 17,909 FCM; 1-11 - 305 -
12,510 milk-604 fat.
Fourth - Michael Lusk,
Charleroi, 17,684 FCM; 6-02 - 305 -
15,216 milk-725 fat.
Fifth - Lisa Lusk, Charleroi,
17,495 FCM; 3-00 - 305 -15,620 milk -
646 fat.
Sixth - Sammuel Williams 111,
Middletown, 17,039 FCM; 2-00 - 305
-11,920 milk-542 fat.
Seventh - Tom Arrowsmith,
Peach Bottom, 16,655 FCM; 4-03 -
301-14,753 milk-724 fat.
Eighth - Sarah Arrowsmith,
Peach Bottom, 16,524 FCM; 2-05 -
305 -13,193 milk -600 fat.
Ninth - Patty Dreisbach,
Hamburg, 15,938 FCM; 5-03 - 305 -
15,133 milk-659 fat.
Tenth - Tina Campbell, Lititz,
15,286 FCM; 2-01 - 305 -10,222 milk -
>l3 fat.
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Jersey Queen, are
Jody Minor, 1984
Clyde Robison, right, Coal Center, presents Pa. Jersey
Distinguished Service Award to Robert Lusk, who receives it
for his father, Dutch Lusk.
include, back row from the left, Bill Ulrich, Tom Clark, Tom
Arrowsmith, Gerald Moose: front row from the left, Clyde
Robison, George Hough and Judy and Calvin Watson.
Don’t overfeed those cows
Staff Correspondent
BEDFORD - “The future is
bright for you people, but you can’t
sit back and do things as they were
done years ago,” William Heald
told Jersey breeders at their an
nual meeting last Saturday. To
survive the 80’s, according to
Heald, dairymen will have to
improve the makret, reduce costs
and adopt technology.
Heald is the extension dairy
specialist at Penn State Univer
sity. His address to over 100 Jersey
breeders included both praise and
admonition. “You’re a growing
breed. Take advantage of what the
Jersey breed has to offer,” he
stated referring to the high protein
milk and the heat tolerence of the
Heald’s criticisms centered on
overfeeding the breed of cow that
is known to be the most efficient
feed converter. He stated that
current DHIA statistics show that
there exits a lower income over
feed cost average for the breed
than there should be. “You’re
overfeeding your cattle,” he
stated. Although several breeders
stood up and differed with this
point saying that many times in the
other breeds, what is fed is not
what is recorded on the records,
Heald remained adamant in telling
breeders to get more efficient with
their “most efficient” breed.
“You’re a very unique group of
people,” Heald continued. “You
don’t seem to be milking cows just
for the sake of milking cows,”
Heald stated to a round of applause
from his audience. He explained
that this may be one of the factors
behind the overfeeding of cows.
“You have a tendency to put a
higher value on other things
besides milk,” he stated.
“You’re going to have to tell
people to taste your product,”
Heald said. He advocated the use
of any available technology, such
as computers, and using
technology to become better
managers to make the product
better, cheaper to produce, and
more enhancing to the public.
Heald also told dairymen to take
pride in their youth. “We’re going
to have to make farming more
attractive,” he stated.
“Over the next two years, we’re
gong to lose ten percent of our
dairy farmers. They’re going to
lower the price until that hap
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William Heald, Penn State
dairy specialist, addresses
annual meeting of the Penn
sylvania Jersey Cattle Club.