Jersey Leadership Named At Annual Meetings

American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey select new directors for coming year

Published on: Jul 29, 2013

Officers and directors of the USJersey organizations were elected during the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. hosted by the High Plains Jersey Cattle Association in Amarillo, Texas.

Chris Sorenson, Pine River, Wis., was re-elected as President of the American Jersey Cattle Association during the Annual Meeting on June 29. Sorenson is a partner in Hillview Jersey Farm, a family corporation formed in 1982. The 850-acre farm is home to a 100-cow Jersey herd.

Elected as Vice President was Ralph Frerichs, La Grange, Texas. Frerichs, who was named chair of the AJCA Development Committee, will also serve as an ex-officio director of National All-Jersey Inc. for the coming year.

2013 National All-Jersey board
2013 National All-Jersey board

Sam Bok, Defiance, Ohio, was elected to a three-year term as AJCA Director from the Fourth District. He and wife Julie own and operate Boks Jersey Farm, a 450-cow herd. He represents his county for the Farm Service Agency.

Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis., was elected to the Board of Directors from the Seventh District. Owens is a partner in Owens Farms Inc., and has served as president of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association.

Thomas L. Seals, Cloverdale, Ore., was elected to a three-year term as AJCA Director from the Tenth District. He is a partner in Sun Valley Jersey Farm. He has served on the board of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and been president of the Oregon Jersey Cattle Association.

C. A. Russell, Hilmar, Calif., was elected as an AJCA Director from the Twelfth District. Russell and his wife own and operate Yosemite Jersey Dairy, a 2,300-cow dairy. They are also partners in Clauss Dairy Farms Dalhart, a 3,800-cow and 1,800-calf operation, and are partners in Dalhart Jersey Ranch, a 26,000-head heifer facility in Dalhart, Texas. Russell serves on the Board of Directors for Hilmar Cheese Company.

Chairs of standing committees on the AJCA Board for 2013-14 are Jerry Spielman, Seneca, Kans., Finance; Corey Lutz, Lincolnton, N.C., Breed Improvement; Ralph Frerichs, Development; and James Quist, Fresno, Calif., Information Technology & Identification.

National All-Jersey Inc.

Following the Annual Meeting of National All-Jersey Inc. on June 28, David Endres, Lodi, Wis., was elected to serve his fifth term as president by the Board of Directors. James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., was re-elected Vice President as was Kelvin Moss, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Mike Wickstrom, Hilmar, Calif., was elected to a third term as Director from District #2. John H. Kokoski, Hadley, Mass., was re-elected to serve a third term as District #3 Director. Calvin Graber, Parker, S.D., was re-appointed by the AJCA Board of Directors as a Director at-large.