ABA News . . .


2017 National Ayrshire Convention

Thank you to the Iowa Ayrshire breeders for hosting a successful 2017 National Ayrshire Convention. Check out the highlights:

Overall Convention News
Youth Convention Awards
2017 Distinguished Service Award
2017 Master Breeder Award
2017 Young Breeder Award
2017 Grand National Sale

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CR Farm Complete Dispersal Sale
CR Farm, owned by Linwood & Gordon Huntington, will disperse on Saturday, April 29th at the farm in Newbury, VT. Contact Linwood with questions at (802) 866-5438. Check out the sale catalog:
CR Farm Complete Dispersal

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Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale
The 2017 Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale will be Saturday, April 15 at 11:00 AM in Neillsville, WI. For more information, contact Damian Ullmer at (920) 639-2375 or Steve Schneider at (920) 948-8310. Check out the sale catalog: 2017 WI Ayrshire Spring Sale

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Kentucky National Ayrshire Sale
The 2017 Kentucky National Ayrshire Sale will be Friday, April 7 at 11:00 AM at the fairgrounds in Louisville, KY. For more information, contact Billy Branstetter at (270) 528-6336. Check out the sale catalog: 2017 KY National Sale

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Ohio Ayrshire Spring Sale
The 2017 Ohio Ayrshire Spring Sale will be Friday, March 31 at 11:00 AM at the fairgrounds in Columbus, OH. For more information, contact Tom Wolf at (330) 749-9046. Check out the sale catalog: 2017 OH Ayrshire Spring Sale

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Iowa Spring Extravaganza Sale
The 2017 Iowa Spring Extravaganza Sale will be Saturday, March 25th at 11:00 AM at the fairgrounds in West Union, IA. For more information, contact Dave Koss at (563) 543-0440. Check out the sale catalog: 2017 IA Spring Extravanganza Sale updated 3/21/17

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The Best of Lazy M Tag Sale
The Best of Lazy M Tag Sale will be held at the farm, Stitzer, WI, March 23-25, 2017. Check out the sale flyer: Best of Lazy M Tag Sale

Catalog: https://issuu.com/suziebenoit/docs/lazy_m_tag_sale_2017_catalog

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US Ayrshire Foundation Solicits Grant Proposals

The U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation has $3,000 in grant funds available for 2017. The funds can be used for: breed advancement (genetics or promotion), breed development (program development or youth education) and international development in the Ayrshire breed.

Several grants were awarded in 2016, including support of an educational session at the World Ayrshire Conference, research being conducted at West Virginia University and continuing genomic advancement. Grant applications can be obtained from the Ayrshire Breeders' Association office at 1224 Alton Darby Creek Rd., Suite B, Columbus, Ohio 43228; online at www.usayrshire.com; or by calling 614-335-0020. Applications from industry, educational institutions, groups or individuals will be accepted and are due by May 15, 2017.

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US Ayrshire Announces Summer Intern Opening
The ABA is accepting applications for a summer intern for 10-12 weeks, depending on the successful applicant's availability. This position will consist of 40 hours per week at the ABA headquarters in Columbus, OH. Compensation is hourly, and the intern must provide their own transportation and housing. Applications are due April 10, 2017. For more information, call 614-335-0020 or email bpayne@usayrshire.com.

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REWARDS PROGRAM
Take advantage of REWARDS, the Ayrshire Association's value-added program which bundles registrations, pedigrees, classification and more.

The cash discount deadline is December 31, 2016.
Contact the ABA office to see if REWARDS would benefit you!
2017 REWARDS Program Application (pdf)

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2016 All-American Contest

It's time to make entries for the 2016 All-American contest. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2016. Pictures can either be mailed or emailed to bpayne@usayrshire.com

2016 All-American Contest Rules & Application (pdf format)

 

2016 National Ayrshire Convention

Thank you to Oklahoma Ayrshire breeders for hosting a successful 2016 National Ayrshire Convention. Check out the highlights:

Overall Convention News
Youth Convention Awards
2016 Distinguished Service Award
2016 Master Breeder Award
2016 Young Breeder Award
2016 Grand National Sale
2016 US Ayrshire Breeders Foundation News

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April 2016 U.S. Ayrshire Newsletter

Check out the latest news from the ABA that was released with the Apil ABA statements. If you don't receive a monthly statement from the ABA office, it will be posted shortly after online.

2016 US Ayrshire News April (pdf format)

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Youth Raffle Tickets

The National Ayrshire Youth Raffle Calf combines pedigrees of two national show champions with winning production with this March 2016 baby sponsored by Kurt Wolf and John Cannon.
Take your chance and support Ayrshire youth . . . pdf file

 

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2016 Wisconsin Spring Sale

The Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale will be Saturday, April 9, 2016, in Neillsville, WI at 11:00 AM. Check out the sale catalog:

2016 Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale Catalog (pdf format)

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2016 Kentucky National Sale

The Kentucky National Sale will be Friday, April 8, 2016. The show will begin at 1:00 p.m., following with the sale at 4:00 p.m. in Louisville, Kentucky. Check out the sale catalog:

2016 Kentucky National Sale Catalog (pdf format)

UPDATED 3/31/16

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2016 Ohio Spring Sale

The Ohio Spring Sale will be Friday, April 1, 2016 beginning at 10:00 AM in Columbus, OH. Check out the sale catalog:

2016 Ohio Spring Sale Catalog (pdf format)
UPDATED 3/31/16

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March 2016 U.S. Ayrshire Newsletter

Check out the latest news from the ABA that was released with the March ABA statements. If you don't receive a monthly statement from the ABA office, it will be posted shortly after online.

2016 US Ayrshire News March (pdf format)

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Internship Opening Announced

The ABA is accepting applications for a summer intern for 10-12 weeks, depending on the successful applicant’s availability. This position will consist of 40 hours per week at the ABA headquarters in Columbus, OH. Compensation is hourly, and the intern must provide their own transportation and housing. Applications are due April 1, 2016.

Responsibilities:
• Assist with the development of presentations and materials for 2016 World Ayrshire Conference
• Assist with production of Ayrshire promotional materials for distribution to breeders and at dairy events
• Work with the processing of registration and transfer applications to maintain ABA records and database and issue registration certificates
• Perform clerical duties - photocopying, mailing, filing, etc.
• Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications:
• Strong interest and/or background in the dairy industry
• Studies in communications, dairy or animal science, or in a related field of study
• Computer skills - Microsoft Office programs, desktop publishing experience a plus
• Strong writing skills
• Detail oriented

Application requirements:
• Cover letter including future goals and career aspirations
• Resume including education, previous work experience, skills and other qualifications
• List of three references with contact information
• Application deadline - April 1, 2016. Email applications to bpayne@usayrshire.com or mail to 1224 Alton Darby Creek Road, Columbus, OH 43228

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US Ayrshire Solicits Nominations for World Conference Sales

The U.S. Ayrshire Breeders’ Association is seeking nominations for consignments to the 2016 World Ayrshire Conference Embryo Sale. The sale will take place on Saturday, October 1st in the Wisconsin Dells as the finale of the World Ayrshire Federation business meetings.

  • Each member country is invited to consign four lots of embryo packages. The Sale Committee will confirm the final selections.
  • Embryos must be exportable.
  • The deadline to submit nominations to the ABA is May 1st, and embryos must be made at that time.
  • Each embryo must have at least 87% purebred Ayrshire genetics.
  • Early information on embryos consigned will begin appearing online at www.usayrshire.com June 1st and updates added as they become available.

World Ayrshire Conference Chairman Steve McDonald of Princeton, IL, says, “This will be a great opportunity to showcase the world’s leading Ayrshire genetics. We’re excited about hosting this event and encourage all of our Ayrshire friends around the globe to participate.”

In addition to the embryo sale, the World Ayrshire Event Sale will be held at the end of World Dairy Expo on Friday, October 7th at 2:00 p.m.  This sale will be limited to a maximum of 20 live consignments, five embryo packages and three picks of flushes. All nominations for this sale must be made by August 1st to the ABA office or a member of the sale committee. The only exceptions will be draft animals. Only first and second place entries from the WDE show will be eligible for the draft.

Please contact the ABA office with your nominations or questions.

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2016 Iowa Spring Extravaganza Sale

The Iowa Spring Extravaganza Sale will be Saturday, March 5, 2016 beginning at 10:45 AM in West Union, IA. If you need assistance, please contact Dave Koss at 563-543-0440 or any member of the sales force.

2016 Iowa Spring Extravaganza Sale Catalog (pdf format)
Ayrshire Lots - updated 3/3/16
Jersey Lots
Milking Shorthorn Lots - updated 3/3/16
Guernsey Lots
Brown Swiss Lots

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February 2016 U.S. Ayrshire Newsletter

Check out the latest news from the ABA that was released with the February ABA statements. If you don't receive a monthly statement from the ABA office, it will be posted shortly after online.

2016 US Ayrshire News February (pdf format)

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January 2016 U.S. Ayrshire Newsletter

Check out the latest news from the ABA that was released with the January ABA statements. If you don't receive a monthly statement from the ABA office, it will be posted shortly after online.

2016 US Ayrshire News (pdf format)

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Ayrshire All-American Contest Results Released
We are pleased to announce the winners of the
2015 Ayrshire All-American contest. The pictures of the winners will be posted soon at www.usayrshire.com and published in the March/April issue of the Ayrshire Digest. If you would like to advertise your animals, please contact the Digest staff at 614-575-4620.

2015 Ayrshire All-American Contest Results (pdf format)

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2016 Ayrshire REWARDS Program

The discount deadline for the 2016 REWARDS program is approaching! Take advantage of this opportunity by signing up by December 31, 2015. The final deadline is March 31, 2016.
2016 Ayrshire REWARDS Program Application (pdf format)

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Attention Ayrshire Youth!

 There are many fun Ayrshire youth contests being planned for the 2016 National Ayrshire Convention in Oklahoma, and we want you to participate! The first deadline for the National Ayrshire Youth Record Books and Scholarship Applications is March 1, 2016. The postmark, fax and email deadline is June 1st to enter the National Ayrshire Queen Contest, Photo and Display Contests, and Quiz Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy Contests. Applications are available online at http://www.usayrshire.com/youthapplication.html

If you have questions, please contact Becky Payne at bpayne@usayrshire.com

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Genomic Testing

The ABA has a cooperation agreement with the Holstein Association for genomic testing. Breeders can request testing kits from the ABA office, in the same manner as DNA testing.
- Fees: Low Density (9K) - $46 + breeder’s fee to Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding
High Density (77K) - $122 + breeder’s fee to CDCB
Genomic Testing Complete Fee Schedule

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