U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation


  • Chairman, Don Benson, West Plains, MO 417-257-3175
  • Treasurer, Neal Smith, Smyrna, TN 615-417-0759
  • Doug Fenton, Winchester, OH 937-205-1209
  • Dick Witter, Mehoopany, PA 717-250-1399
  • Steve McDonald, Princeton, IL 309-712-5969

Foundation Newsletter (pdf format)

Why the need for an Ayrshire Foundation?
To allow the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders’ Association to:
• Educate
• Conduct Research
• Promote Awareness
• Breed Improvement

What specifically will the funds be used for?
Ayrshire Breed Advancement
• Genetics
• Promotion
Ayrshire Breed Development
• Program Development
• Youth Education
International Development


To raise sufficient funds to significantly enhance the development of the Ayrshire breed, its programs and its people.

Vision - Mission

To be a valued resource in the enhancement of the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders’ Association, its cattle, its membership and its youth.

Who is responsible?

The U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation Committee is responsible to oversee and administer the fund. A professional advisor is engaged to provide investment strategies.

How it works

All funds donated go into the Foundation’s investment account. On December 31st of each year, determination is made as to the fund’s earnings for the prior calendar year. Distributions in any calendar year as authorized shall not exceed 5% as of December 31st in the preceding year with the balance of any earnings remaining to enhance the balance of the Foundation. This distribution shall be from the earnings of the fund and the principle shall not be dispersed. Applications for grants can be made after January 1st of each year to the secretary of the Foundation Committee.

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