The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.
Wayne and Lisa of Golden Pride Dairy Farm have learned many lessons during their 15-year adventure with Jerseys. One of the first lessons they learned was the value of owning registered cattle. The Genetic Recovery program brought them to a fully registered herd in just four short years. Then they purchased additional fully registered Jerseys.
One of their greatest accomplishments has come from Golden Prides Jamaica Ginger, Excellent-90%, a homebred cow that placed in the top 10 at World Dairy Expo that was selected as the first Jersey cow for the Semex USA “Walk of Fame” exhibit at Expo. Fifty-percent of their herd is consistently bred to young sires, focusing on bulls that will provide quality udders, sound feet and legs and overall type.
Both Wayne and Lisa joined their state and local breed associations early in their careers and are still active today. Lisa has been president of Wisconsin Parish 1 since 2002, while Wayne has served as a Director for the Wisconsin State Jersey Breeders since 2006. They are also both active in their local community, serving in various positions for their county 4-H and extension programs and for the board of directors for their children’s pre-school.